BlueRun Ventures, the California-based early-stage investor, hired Jay Jamison, a Microsoft veteran, as one of its venture partners. BlueRun has also promoted Andrew Thornborrow and Cheryl Cheng to Operating Partners. Thornborrow was BlueRun’s in house counsel and will now oversee both legal and finance. Cheng was Director of Marketing and will now manage marketing and business development.
Menlo Park, CA – BlueRun Ventures, widely known as an early stage mobile and consumer internet investor, deepens its team to augment support for entrepreneurs. Jay Jamison has joined full time as a Venture Partner. Jay brings deep product experience in both business and consumer markets, having worked in leadership roles for Microsoft’s Windows and Windows Server businesses for more than 9 years. Jay also has first-hand entrepreneurial experience: he was the co-founder and President of Moonshoot, a children’s English language learning software and service, available in Asia. He has built mobile applications, including Smackdaddy, a social sports betting game for the iPhone. Jay’s domain and product experience help entrepreneurs in early stage companies evaluate, prioritize, and execute against critical milestones. He has been a featured speaker at the Startup Digest University, the Hacker Dojo, and the Founders Showcase. He is also a Facilitator and Mentor at the Founders Institute.
BlueRun has over 20 mobile companies in its global portfolio and essentially the entire U.S. portfolio is consumer internet or mobile. In 2010, BlueRun made 12 new investments from its $240M Fund IV, the majority of which were mobile. “Supporting our entrepreneurs is most imperative to us,” notes John Malloy, founder and General Partner of BlueRun Ventures, “Today is an amazing time to be an entrepreneur, particularly in mobile because we are just scratching the surface. Still, young companies need support beyond setting strategy and getting money. We have been investing in mobile for over 12 years; it’s our heritage. We want to match that heritage with resources that our companies can leverage every day.”
BlueRun has also promoted Andrew Thornborrow and Cheryl Cheng to Operating Partners. Andrew was BlueRun’s in house counsel and will now oversee both legal and finance. Andrew works closely with entrepreneurs to structure deals to facilitate and streamline fundraising and corporate governance. Cheryl was Director of Marketing and will now manage marketing and business development. Cheryl drives community and entrepreneur engagement with BlueRun and also works alongside entrepreneurs to assist with marketing and business development needs. Cheryl’s new products and brand marketing background help entrepreneurs vet, design, and execute marketing plans.
About BlueRun Ventures
BlueRun Ventures (BRV) is an early stage venture firm focused on mobile, consumer internet and software opportunities. BRV works closely with entrepreneurs and has helped build market changing companies such as PayPal, WiderThan, Ganji, Enpocket and others. Founded in 1998, BRV is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA and has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul and Helsinki. For more information, please visit www.brv.com