Venture Capital Firms in Bay Area – Camp Ventures – Los Altos, CA – 24/50
Other Areas of Focus: Semiconductors, Mobile, Sports
Notable Investments: GainSpan, Zing Systems, Lemon
Jerry has been involved in seed- and early-stage venture capital investing since 1974. He co-founded CampVentures in 1997. During his tenure with the firm, he led investments in BlueSteel Networks (acquired by Broadcom; NASDAQ: BRCM), Cepheid; (acquired by Danaher Corporation; NYSE: DHR), AirPrime (acquired by Sierra Wireless, NASDAQ: SWIR), GeoVector, BOPS (Billions of Operations Per Second) – (acquired by Altera, NASDAQ: ALTR), Digital Fountain (acquired by Qualcomm, NASDAQ: QCOM), and SiTime (acquired by MegaChips Corporation: Tokyo Stock Exchange).
Prior to founding CampVentures, Jerry founded ComTier (acquired by Andrew Corporation; NASDAQ: ANDW), a provider of high-speed TDMA modems for voice, data, and video for both satellite-based and terrestrial-based multiple-access wireless communications systems, and Spancom, a provider of decoder chips to the wireless communications industry.
Before these entrepreneurial endeavors, he was involved in communications systems development at a number of companies, such as Martin–Marietta (acquired by Lockheed Missile Systems; NYSE: LMS), ESL (acquired by TRW; NYSE: TRW), and Stanford Telecommunications (acquired by Alcatel; NYSE: ALA). Jerry also served as a consultant to Lockheed-Martin (NYSE: LMT) for ten years on the MILSTAR advanced communications systems satellite program.
Jerry has a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Arkansas, a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, an MS in mechanical engineering from Purdue, and a PhD in electrical engineering, with a specialization in communications, from the University of Arizona.
Investor Type Venture Capital
Investment Stage Early Stage Venture, Late Stage Venture, Seed
Number of Exits 7
CampVentures is a true seed-stage venture capital firm. They engage with great companies in their earliest stages of development. For such companies, they lead seed rounds on the order of $500 to $1.5M.
Once invested, they work intensely with their companies to prepare them for their next rounds of financing, which are nearly universally led by top-tier venture capital firms.
They have seeded deals for Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sequoia Capital, Sevin Rosen Funds, Matrix Partners, Interwest Partners, Greylock Partners, August Capital, Trinity Ventures, VantagePoint Venture Partners, and many other blue chip firms. They also “hold back” capital sufficient to participate alongside these firms in all future rounds of financing.
CampVentures strives to be the first stop for the very best entrepreneurs with the very best ideas, when they’re just getting their companies off the ground.