James Beriker

SVP Global Venture Development and Success, CEO in Residence

James is a Silicon Valley-based technology entrepreneur, executive, and independent board member with extensive startup, growth stage, and public company experience. His track record includes building and leading high-performance teams, driving product innovation, efficiently scaling business operations, and delivering revenue growth, profitability, and value to employees, customers, and shareholders. As SVP of Global Venture Building and Success, James focuses on working with clients to navigate the early stages of business building, bring innovative, potentially transformative products to market, and develop teams and capabilities to drive internal new venture initiatives. 

He began his career as a corporate attorney in Los Angeles, focusing on corporate securities, finance, and M&A for emerging technology companies. After leaving law, James became an entrepreneur in B2B technology companies, initially focusing on new technologies to enable early e-commerce. Accomplishments of his extensive career include being the Founder and CEO of Search123, an early pay-per-click search engine acquired by Conversant; CEO of Efficient Frontier, the leading search engine marketing platform acquired by Adobe; and CEO of Dapper, one of the first advertising optimization platforms, acquired by Yahoo! He also served as CEO of Simply Hired, a leading job search engine acquired by Recruit Co., the owner of Indeed; CEO of Munchery, the first end-to-end food e-commerce, production, and delivery platform; and an operating executive at Conversant and Yahoo!, where he was responsible for integrating and expanding acquired businesses. 

In addition to his operating roles, James was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Matrix Partners — a Palo Alto-based, early stage venture capital firm — and has held independent directorships at venture-backed companies including iSocket (acquired by the Rubicon Project), Kanjoya (acquired by Ultimate Software), and EyeView. He currently serves on the Board of EQ Works, a public company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, and on High Resolves’ Ventures and Sustainability Funding Committee. He is an active angel investor, startup advisor, and leadership coach, and runs a leadership workshop for Founders and CEOs of early stage venture-backed startups. 

A member of the State Bar of California since 1993, James earned a BA in English literature from Trinity College at the University of Toronto and an LLB from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, four daughters, and many animals.

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