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  • Brian Jacobs is a Founder and General Partner of Emergence. He has over 18 years of venture capital experience, a deep national network and broad experience helping both consumer and business-oriented startups achieve their business goals. Prior to founding Emergence, Brian was an early General Partner at St. Paul Venture Capital. During his 10 years at St. Paul, Mr. Jacobs helped to grow the firm to one of the 15 largest venture investors in the country and led the Silicon Valley investing activities. His prior venture capital experience was with Security Pacific Venture Capital. Mr. Jacobs also worked for the Raychem Corporation, where he developed and marketed advanced software and electronic components. In addition, he has engineering and new product experience with RCA, Westinghouse, and Polaroid; and he holds several patents. In January 2006, he was named to the Forbes’ Midas List of the top venture capital investors. He is an experienced board member who has served on dozens of public and private boards. He currently serves on the boards of Visage Mobile, Krugle, Intacct and DVDPlay. Mr. Jacobs has a strong reputation for helping entrepreneurs build innovative technology-enabled service companies. Mr. Jacobs has been an active investor in WebTV (Microsoft), HireRight, BigFix and NextCard (NXCD). In addition, Mr. Jacobs has invested in a broad variety of technology companies, such as nQuire Software (Siebel Systems), Microchip Technologies (MCHP), NetPerceptions (NETP), Cloudscape (Informix) and Lexar Media (LEXR), where he led the initial venture capital round and lead the board through its billion dollar sale to Micron Technology. Mr. Jacobs has a MS and BS in mechanical engineering from M.I.T. and an MBA from Stanford. He is happily married with two children. He enjoys international travel and scuba diving.

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