Jim Armstrong joined Clearstone Venture Partners in 1998 from Austin Ventures,
and has worked with dozens of venture-backed technology businesses that
are developing, marketing and implementing IT solutions across a variety
of industries. Jim's work at Clearstone is focused on information technology
investments, with particular interest in integration software, storage technologies,
and technology driven financial services companies.
Jim currently represents Clearstone on the boards of Ario
Data Networks, CarsDirect,
Comet Systems, Intersperse,
and is responsible for the firm's investment in Composite
Software. Jim represented Clearstone's investment in portfolio companies,
PayPal (acquired by Ebay), United
Online (NASDAQ: UNTD), Jump Networks (acquired by Microsoft) and TriVida
(acquired by BeFree).
Jim is a former board member of Isochron Data, an Austin-based wireless
network and data analysis company and has served as an advisor to VI Technology,
a software and system integration company developing solutions for the
virtual instrumentation market.
Prior to joining Austin Ventures, Jim worked in software consulting and
financial operations, and focused on high-technology clients as a senior
auditor with Ernst & Whinney on the West Coast. Jim received his BA
in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and his
MBA from the University of Texas.
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