Jim is the Founder and CEO of Breyer Capital, a premier venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, CA and Austin, TX. Jim has been an early investor in over 40 technology companies that have completed highly successful public offerings or mergers. As a lead investor and Director, many of these investments, including Facebook, returned well over 100 times their cost, and over a dozen more have returned well over 25 times their cost.
Over the past several years, Jim has developed a deep personal and investment interest in long-term oriented entrepreneurs and teams working in artificial/augmented intelligence (AI) and human-assisted intelligence (HAI) and he has made numerous investments in this space.
Jim currently serves on the board of directors of Blackstone (BX), and has previously served as an investor/lead Director at 21st Century Fox, Dell, Etsy, Facebook, Marvel Entertainment, Wal-Mart, and many other highly successful technology companies.
Jim serves on the Advisory Board at the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management. He is a member of Harvard Business School’s Board of Dean’s Advisors, a member of Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council since inception; a founding member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Stanford’s School of Engineering and a Chairman of the Stanford Engineering Venture Fund as well as a Founding Member of the Stanford Institute for Human-Assisted Artificial Intelligence Advisory Board which was launched in March, 2019. He currently serves on the University of Texas President’s Innovation Board and was formerly a Fellow of Harvard Corporation, Harvard’s senior governing board.
In addition, Jim is a long-time active volunteer as a Trustee of SFMOMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles, and Stanford’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS). Jim has a long-standing interest in conservation and environmental sustainability and is a longtime member of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), The Nature Conservancy, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and Trout Unlimited.