|VCJ Fact Sheet for Jim Thornton|
Born: New York, NY
Education: Rutgers University
Career Path: Jim started the Latin American Division of Newsweek Magazine in 1978 generating $15 million in revenue and 150,000 in circulation by 1980. In 1985, Jim was Vice President of Finance and Operations for Aldus Corp. taking the company public in 1987. During the early 1990’s Jim was an adjunct professor of International Finance at Seattle University. From 1997 to 1999, he was CEO for Lifespex Corp. In 1999, he co-founded Guide Ventures. In addition to his venture capital activities, Jim has been a long time angel investor and advisor to Capital Stream, Syncronex and TechTracker.
Venture Focus: Technology & Finance
Board Seats: Detto Technologies, Virtual Relocation (observer) and Bocada Corp.
Greatest Accomplishment: Taking Aldus Corp. public as CFO in 1987
Biggest Mistake: G Relying on a CEO of a software company to bring in a replacement CEO as the company grew
If you weren?t a VC, you?d be a? Professional golfer..
Pet Peeve:: Later stage VC Funds with partners that have no operating backgrounds and, more importantly, no direct product experience
Did You Know? Eloped with his wife of 22 years after meeting her walking up Park Avenue in N.Y. in 1980.
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