Brian Jacobs is an experienced Silicon Valley technology venture capitalist, now teaching at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Brian and two partners founded Emergence Capital in 2003. With investments including, Zoom,, Doximity, and others, Emergence was named “Venture Capital Firm of the Year” in 2017 by the National Association of Venture Capitalist, the “NVCA.”

Brian has sponsored more than 50 startups, has had 13 IPOs, and was named to the Forbes Midas List of Top Venture Capitalists. He has been a mentor to dozens of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and MBAs.

Brian is also the founder of Moai Capital, a seed capital firm that makes early-stage investments in a variety of areas, including technology companies that help to protect and sustain our forests.

Prior to Emergence Capital, Brian was an early general partner at St. Paul Venture Capital (funded by Traveler’s Insurance). Previously he was an engineer for Raychem, RCA, Westinghouse, and Polaroid. He holds several patents.

Brian has a MS and BS in mechanical engineering from MIT and an MBA from Stanford.

He is a board member of (NYSE: BILL), Impartner, and AASCEND (the Autism Aspergers Spectrum Coalition for Education, Networking and Development). Brian is happily married with two grown children, and enjoys travel, ancient stone structures, cycling, and cross-country skiing.