James R. Swartz is a general partner and founder of Accel Partners. He has been active in venture capital since the early 1970s and has served as director for over 50 successful companies. Jim Swartz has been closely involved as the lead investor in numerous industry pioneering public firms including Broadband Technologies, Daisy Systems, Medical Care America, Netopia, PictureTel, Polycom, Remedy Corporation, Riverbed Networks, Ungermann-Bass and many others. In addition, he is working closely with the Accel Europe team as a founder and mentor of Accel’s European business. Before founding Accel Partners in 1983, he was founding general partner of Adler & Company, which he started with Fred Adler in 1978 after his tenure as a vice president of Citicorp Venture Capital. He is a former director and chairman of the National Venture Capital Association. In addition to his ongoing professional commitments, he is a significant leader in numerous cultural, civic, and education-oriented philanthropic activities throughout the nation. A graduate of Harvard University, he also holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon.