Brent Jones (Observer)
Managing Director, Northgate Capital
Brent has served as a Managing Director of Northgate since co-founding the firm in 2000. He has been an investor in Silicon Valley’s premier venture capital funds, as well as an angel investor in several Silicon Valley start-ups including Data Domain, Nvidia, VA Linux, and Verisity.
Brent’s current activities include overseeing investments in Palo Alto Networks, Solexel, Kovio, Aoptix Technologies, Clearwell Systems, AdMob, and Meraki, among others. Brent currently serves on the board of directors for Zazzle, a Kleiner Perkins-backed portfolio company. Brent also serves as an advisory board member to US Venture Partners.
Active in the community, Brent is on the board of the Stanford Hospital Stroke Center, and also serves as a proud board member for the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks.
Brent played 12 years in the National Football League, including 11 with the San Francisco Forty-Niners where he was a four-time All-Pro performer and three-time Super Bowl champion. He was honored as the NFL's Bart Starr Award recipient in 1998 for outstanding character in the home, on the field, and in the community. He has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame for both Division I and Division II.
Brent earned his BS in Economics from the University of Santa Clara.