Partner, US Venture Partners
Jacques joined USVP in 2005. He has since focused on fostering USVP as an active investor in the Israeli market and in the IT markets in the U.S. Past USVP companies in which Jacques has taken a role include Trusteer (acquired by IBM), Dune Networks (Broadcom) and ClearShape (Cadence) along with executive chairmanships at Certess (Springsoft) and Synfora (Synopsys).
Jacques currently sits on the boards or has an active role at Chute, Comilion, DMO, HelloFax, Kilopass, Kenna Security, PLUMgrid, Qnovo, Quixey, SupplyFrame, Zerto and ZypMedia. Before joining USVP, Jacques was President and CEO of Monterey Design Systems from 1999 until its acquisition by Synopsys (SNPS) in 2004. Prior to that, he founded and served as General Manager of the European subsidiary of Epic Design Technology (EPIC) and became Vice President of European Sales following its acquisition by Synopsys.
Earlier in his career, Jacques held a number of research and management positions at IMEC in Leuven, Belgium, at IBM's Scientific Center in Haifa, Israel, and at STMicroelectronics in Grenoble, France. Fluent in English, French and Hebrew, Jacques is an active global participant in the industries and topics in which he is involved. He regularly speaks on the topics of international investing as well as IT and is often found speaking on panels within the U.S. and Israel.
He holds a B.Sc. in computer engineering from Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and has published more than 30 technical papers and holds one U.S. patent. He is currently Chairman of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Technion Society, an active board member of the California Israel Chamber of Commerce and a past vice-chairman of the EDA Consortium (1999-2005).
Jacques is an avid competitive sailor, a skier, a swimmer and, weather permitting, often seen on a motorcycle. Jacques has three grown children who bring him pride and happiness.