Quake Capital, an accelerator focused on making seed investments in new and early-stage companies, has named Jim Brisimitzis as a managing partner. Previously, he worked at Microsoft where he was general manager of “Microsoft for Startups.”
New York, NY, October 18, 2018 – Quake Capital, a unique accelerator focused on making seed level investments in new and early stage ventures across a wide range of industries, today announced that Jim Brisimitzis will join the team as managing partner.
Brisimitzis joins Quake from Microsoft, where he served as general manager of “Microsoft for Startups” after successfully launching the program in 2015. In this role, he led engagement with 2,800 startups in the U.S. and Canada and established partnerships with leading accelerators and incubators across the continent. In three years, Brisimitzis’ work generated millions in new revenues and established a portfolio valuation of more than $12 billion.
“Simply put, Jim is one of the top startup professionals in the world,” said Glenn Argenbright, founding partner at Quake Capital. “His knowledge, experience and network will provide incredible value to our portfolio teams and to the organization as a whole. Quake has an aggressive growth strategy, with plans to open offices in five new cities over the next two years, and will launch a third fund in late 2018. Jim will help us to execute on this vision.”
Prior to launching “Microsoft for Startups,” Brisimitzis led global operations for Microsoft Ventures, where he created and launched the “HiPo” program, an exclusive engagement for startups with significant market potential. Over the course of his more than 15-year career, he has worked with both enterprises and startups, including work on an early artificial intelligence technology that was recently awarded a U.S. patent.
In his new role at Quake, Brisimitzis will oversee corporate development and outreach. He will be based out of Quake’s Seattle office, which is planned as part of its 2019 expansion.
“The Quake team has built a strong ecosystem attracting high value portfolio companies and partners,” said Brisimitzis. “I’m excited to support their current portfolio, play a role in attracting future companies, and be part of their ecosystem expansion plans. It’s a great time to be part of the Quake community.”
For more information on Quake Capital, please visit: www.quakecapital.com.
About Quake Capital
Quake Capital is a unique accelerator focused on making seed level investments in new and early stage ventures across a wide range of industries. The firm hosts accelerator programs in three cities: New York, Los Angeles and Austin. We work closely with key advisers, and tap into exclusive relationships developed over the last 30 years to boast unparalleled access to the top players in finance, development, manufacturing and distribution. To learn more about Quake Capital and its portfolio of companies, please visit: https://www.quakecapital.com/.
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