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Jim Goetz

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  • Growth
“Every legendary founder started as an unknown underdog.”

The risk-seeking part of my personality defined my early days. Accepting dares as an adolescent led to plenty of trouble with the establishment. I eventually learned to channel that spirit productively when I co-founded VitalSigns, which Sequoia eventually backed. But what really shaped my arc was mentorship. When I decided to join Sequoia rather than start another business, it was because I wanted to be mentored by others. For six months, I silently shadowed Michael, Doug, Don and Pierre Lamond to board meetings. They wanted me to see how different they all were, and encouraged me to find an approach authentic to me.

A few years in, most partners hit a period of self-doubt. The lemons have fallen from the tree, but the winners haven’t shown up yet. You think, “I suck.” The psychological elements of venture and seed keep us humble. Prospect theory, domain of gains, and endowment effect all become important considerations. It’s been a joy for me to help younger partners pull through that phase of development.

Trusting and empowering the next generation is something Don, Michael and Doug started—and I’ve been very happy to continue it. Sequoia has stood the test of time because our culture is larger than any of us; it’s not about one person’s power or economic need. You don’t see that much on Sand Hill Road or Wall Street, and I’m honored to be part of it.

The collision of ambition and intelligence is the foundation. A modern business model is part of the ante. An ability to develop culture and magnet qualities for talent are wonderful soft skills. Prior success leading an organization or honing your skills at another great startup is a fantastic path to entrepreneurship.

We also look for tenacity and a growth mindset. People assume entrepreneurship is “up and to the right,” but it’s really defined by struggle and challenges. Having gone through that darkness myself, I love being on the journey with them, helping them craft their own authentic culture and being present during critical moments.

I could rattle off 10 categories we’re actively landscaping, but I’m more interested in what’s not in our landscapes.

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Detroit native / Beginning biohacker / Slang enthusiast / Philanthropist / TCP/IP geek

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Current Companies

  • Blue Danube designs next-gen wireless solutions for mobile networks and other applications.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners
      Bill Coughran,
      Jim Goetz
    Partnered In

    2013

  • Carbon is transforming 3D printing through the process of light extrusion.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partner
      Jim Goetz
    Partnered In

    2013

  • Clari is an end-to-end sales analytics and forecasting platform for revenue teams.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partner
      Jim Goetz
    Partnered In

    2012

  • Dashlane secures users' digital identity across a wide range of platforms and devices.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners
      Jim Goetz,
      Sonya Huang
    Partnered In

    2019

  • HalloApp is a secure social network based on people's personal contacts.
    Current Stage

    Seed

    Partner
      Jim Goetz
    Partnered In

    2020

  • Limbix is a prescription digital therapeutic company creating mental health treatments for adolescents.
    Current Stage

    Early

    Partner
      Jim Goetz
    Partnered In

    2016

  • Neeva is search reimagined—ad-free, private and deeply personal.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners
      Bill Coughran,
      Jim Goetz,
      Pat Grady
    Partnered In

    2019

  • Observable is a web-based platform for data practitioners.
    Current Stage

    Early

    Partner
      Jim Goetz
    Partnered In

    2016

  • r2C is a defensive cybersecurity automation company with an open-source static analysis tool.
    Current Stage

    Early

    Partners
      Jim Goetz,
      Shaun Maguire
    Partnered In

    2017

  • Versa Networks is an elastic network services platform.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partner
      Jim Goetz
    Partnered In

    2012

Enduring Companies

  • AdMob, now part of Google, is a pay-per click marketplace for mobile apps.
    Current Stage

    Acquired

    Partner
      Jim Goetz
    Partnered In

    2006

  • Barracuda Networks provides security, application delivery and data protection Solutions.
    Current Stage

    IPO

    Partner
      Jim Goetz
    Partnered In

    2005

  • Drawbridge is an identity resolution that helps companies connect and supercharge their data.
    Current Stage

    Acquired

    Partner
      Jim Goetz
    Partnered In

    2010

  • GitHub is the system of record for code.
    Current Stage

    Acquired

    Partners
      Jim Goetz,
      Andrew Reed
    Partnered In

    2015

  • HubSpot builds all-in-one marketing software.
    Current Stage

    IPO

    Partners
      Pat Grady,
      Jim Goetz
    Partnered In

    2011

  • Jasper, now part of Cisco, builds cloud-based platforms for the Internet of Things.
    Current Stage

    Acquired

    Partner
      Jim Goetz
    Partnered In

    2005

  • Karma, now part of Facebook, was a mobile social gifting and commerce startup.
    Current Stage

    Acquired

    Partner
      Jim Goetz
    Partnered In

    2012

  • Metaswitch, now part of Microsoft, powers voice, data and unified communications services.
    Current Stage

    Acquired

    Partners
      Jim Goetz,
      Pat Grady
    Partnered In

    2008

  • Nimble Storage, now part of Hewlett-Packard, builds hardware and software for data storage.
    Current Stage

    IPO

    Partner
      Jim Goetz
    Partnered In

    2008

  • Palo Alto Networks is a global cybersecurity leader focused on the cloud.
    Current Stage

    IPO

    Partners
      Jim Goetz,
      Carl Eschenbach
    Partnered In

    2005

  • Peakstream, now part of Google, provides a software platform for High Performance Computing.
    Current Stage

    Acquired

    Partner
      Jim Goetz
    Partnered In

    2005

  • Quantenna manufactures next-generation low-power wireless semiconductors focused on Wi-Fi networks.
    Current Stage

    IPO

    Partner
      Jim Goetz
    Partnered In

    2006

  • Ruckus Networks, now part of CommScope, is a pioneer in the wireless infrastructure market for high bandwidth applications and services.
    Current Stage

    IPO

    Partner
      Jim Goetz
    Partnered In

    2002

  • ThousandEyes provides network intelligence for the cloud.
    Current Stage

    Acquired

    Partners
      Jim Goetz,
      Carl Eschenbach
    Partnered In

    2011

  • WhatsApp, now part of Facebook, is an end-to-end encrypted mobile messenger app.
    Current Stage

    Acquired

    Partner
      Jim Goetz
    Partnered In

    2011