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 Trustees of The Potomac School, the Board of Directors of McLean Youth Soccer and the Alumni Association Board of Managers of the University of Virginia; and he was previously appointed to serve two terms on Virginia’s Board of Corrections.
James is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.