Jim Armstrong  Managing Director

A successful and experienced early stage venture investor across a variety of enterprise and consumer facing technology companies, Jim has established himself as a leading investor and company builder in Southern California. Since joining Clearstone early in its formation, Jim has applied his strong management skills, communication skills, market knowledge and industry contacts to help Clearstone companies deliver a strong record of venture performance. Jim's work at Clearstone is focused on information technology investments, with particular interest in application software, information management and security, and Internet-enabled businesses. In each of  2004, 2005 and 2006, Jim was  recognized as one of the top 100 Venture Capitalists in the United States by Forbes Magazine in its annual Midas List.

Jim joined Clearstone Venture Partners in 1998 from Austin Ventures, a leading venture fund, where he spent three years investing in a variety of technology and technology-enabled service companies. Jim also worked with idealab, the incubator, helping to guide and fund a variety of early Internet companies.

Jim currently represents Clearstone on the boards of ARIO Data Networks, Internet Brands (formerly CarsDirect), Integrien, Intersperse, iPolicy Networks, Siderean Software, SupplyFrame, Vast and is responsible for the firm's investments in Composite Software and Certus Software. Jim actively represented Clearstone's investment in former portfolio companies Comet Systems (acquired by FindWhat.com), PayPal (acquired by eBay as a public company), United Online (NASDAQ: UNTD), Jump Networks (acquired by Microsoft) and TriVida (acquired by BeFree).

Jim holds a BA in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and also holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.