We are delighted to announce that Jim Breyer, Founder and CEO of venture investment and venture philanthropy firm Breyer Capital and former Managing Partner of Accel Partners (one of the world’s most successful venture and technology investment firms with a $12 billion AUM) and Co-Chair of IDG (China's largest venture investment firm) will be our eighth guest speaker for the 2020/2021 university year.
Mr Breyer will be speaking with our society virtually on the 21st of January 2021.We will pre-record and release the interview on our Facebook and Youtube channels shortly thereafter. The final video will also be embedded here.
Mr Breyer is an American billionaire venture capitalist and philanthropist. At 26, he accepted a job with the venture capital firm Accel Partners in San Francisco and was mentored by founders Arthur Patterson and Jim Swartz. In 1990, only 3 years later, he was named a partner, and in 1995, he became the Managing Partner. He is well known for the many lucrative investments he led at Accel Partners, chief among them buying $12.7 million of stock in the (then 10 employee) start-up, thefacebook.com, at a $98 million valuation (after which Accel became Facebook’s second largest shareholder after Mark Zuckerberg). Some of his other prominent early-stage investments include Legendary Pictures, Spotify and Marvel Entertainment.
In 2000, Mr Breyer established Accel-KKR, a joint venture between Accel Partners and KKR. Today, he runs Breyer Capital, a global venture capital and private equity firm focused on catalysing high-impact entrepreneurs in the United States, Brazil, India and China. He is also Co-Chairman of IDG Capital, China’s largest venture firm, and sits on the board of The Blackstone Group and The Harvard Corporation.
He has been frequently named one of the 10 smartest people in technology and the smartest investor in technology by Fortune, as well as on the Forbes ‘Midas List’ of the world’s most successful venture investors.
Mr Breyer holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. While in university, Mr Breyer spent his summers working at Hewlett-Packard and Apple.
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