James Socas

General Partner

James Socas is a General Partner and co-manages the firm.  James has more than twenty years experience in the technology industries and technology investing. Previously, James served as Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Development at Symantec, the global security software leader, leading Symantec’s mergers & acquisitions practice, corporate venture investing, and strategic, financial and technology alliances. He conceived, negotiated and executed Symantec’s highly publicized international joint venture with Huawei Technologies, one of China’s leading technology companies, and drove the successful billion dollar acquisition of systems management leader Altiris, as well as several other major corporate acquisitions. Prior to Symantec, James was a Managing Director with Credit Suisse First Boston and Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, executing over $20 billion in M&A transactions and $15 billion in capital raising.

James serves on the board of McLean Youth Soccer, the Board of Managers of the University of Virginia’s Alumni Association, previously served as Treasurer and Trustee of the Potomac School, and served two terms on Virginia’s Board of Corrections.

James is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Harvard Business School.

James wrote the following article: “Is Off-shoring Really Just Good Old Free Trade?” 


Portfolio Companies:
Bridge Energy Group
Collective Bias
First Insight
RES Software