According to separate SEC filings, Jim Breyer of Accel Partners will not run for re-election this year on either the board of Facebook, where he has been a director since 2005, or on the board of Wal-Mart, whose board he joined in 2000.
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Look global, think entertainment, capitalize on the rise of a worldwide middle class and take advantage of the cloud. This is the simplest way to summarize Accel Partners’ investment themes of the next five to 10 years,
In recent weeks, there’s been some talk that investor Peter Thiel should step down from the company’s board, given that his financial interests are no longer as closely aligned with the success of the company as they once were. But Merih Sevilir, an associate professor finance at of Indiana University, politely calls B.S. on such logic.
Numerous stories today about a new, Boston-based company mentioned the involvement of Breyer Capital, the low-flying growth-stage fund of Jim Breyer. That’s probably no accident.
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Sunday morning, some of the 2,301 Facebook friends of venture capitalist and Facebook board member Jim Breyer received a message from him, through Facebook. “Would You Like a Facebook Phone Number?” it asked, presenting a link to “see more details and RSVP.” While no one would be surprised by a service that allowed users to call [...]
In a dismal year for both VC-backed IPOs and M&A, Accel Partners stood out. Nine of its portfolio companies were sold for combined proceeds in excess of $2 billion, a significant increase from 2008, when 10 of its portfolio companies were sold for less than $300 million in total disclosed proceeds.
Accel’s three biggest hits were mobile advertising startup AdMob, bought by Google for $750 million; open source software developer SpringSource, acquired by VMWare for $420 million; and national defense technology provider BBN Technologies, bought by Raytheon for $350 million.
I spoke to Accel’s Jim Breyer about his firm’s M&A successes and a host of other issues for Venture Capital Journal’s January issue. VCJ subscribers can read the full interview here. For you, dear peHUB reader, you can get video snippets of our interview after the jump…