Jim has over 20 years of successful venture capital investing focused on early stage, next-generation enterprise technology. In addition to founding Silicon Valley Data Capital, Jim is a Co-Founder of Silicon Valley Data Science, 365 Data Centers, and SiteSmith.
Over his career, Mr. McLean has led a number of successful investments including: Ahura (sold to ThermoFisher), Alantec (sold to Fore Systems), Arbinet (public ARBX), Aurora (sold to Arris Corp), Boston Communications Group (public BCGI), Fabrik (sold to Western Digital), New Oak Communications (sold to Bay Networks), NewCity (sold to Clear Channel), OpSource (sold to NTT), Polycom (PLCM), SiteSmith (sold to MFN), Sonus Networks (public SONS), UUNet (sold to Worldcom), and V-Bits (sold to Cisco).
Prior to forming Silicon Valley Data Capital, Jim was a Venture Partner at Crosslink Capital having joined after leading US investing of 3i Ventures, a global venture capital fund. Jim’s track record in the venture industry spans nearly two decades with experience at several of the industry’s leading firms. Before 3i, he was a Partner at ComVentures, Founder of Bedrock Capital Partners, Partner at Highland Capital, and served as an Associate at Accel Partners.
Jim began his career in the technology industry with positions at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center, L.M. Ericsson, and Network Equipment Technologies. He holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and as S.B. Eng. Sci. from Harvard University.
In addition, Jim serves on the advisory boards of Harvard’s School of Engineering and Pathfinder.org. He previously served on several advisory boards for Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley.