Jim Swartz

Jim Swartz

Biography

Jim Swartz founded Accel with Arthur Patterson in 1983. 

Entering a fifth decade in venture capital, Jim has been a lead director of more than 50 successful companies. He also works with the Accel London team as a founder/mentor of Accel's European business.

Before founding Accel, Jim was the 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. A long time industry leader, Jim is former chairman of the National Venture Capital Association and a 2007 recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award.

He serves as chairman of the Swartz Foundation and the Christian Center of Park City, director emeritus of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Foundation, trustee of the Sundance Institute and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, chairman of the President’s Global Advisory Council of Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the board of advisors of Tepper School of Business.

Jim’s philanthropic initiatives include dozens of academic, athletic, arts, health, scholarship and social impact programs including founding Impact Partners, the leading funder of social impact documentaries, and winning an Oscar for Producing the 2018 Best Documentary, Icarus.

Jim grew up in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, graduated from Harvard in Engineering and has a M.S. in Industrial Administration and an Honorary Doctorate from Carnegie Mellon, where he sponsors the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship.