Joe Horowitz, Managing General Partner, was instrumental in securing capital from Jafco Co., Ltd. in 2003 to launch the firm that has become Icon Ventures today, bringing at the time 25 years of experience working with early-stage companies. Joe is passionate about the value-creation process and loves spending time with talented entrepreneurs.
Joe’s venture capital experience prior to Icon includes a 10-year tenure at U.S. Venture Partners (USVP) from 1982 to 1992 and three years with Exxon Enterprises. At USVP, the first deal that he worked on was the seed financing of Sun Microsystems. In addition to being a General Partner, Joe was a member of USVP’s executive committee. Joe also spent several years successfully building his own venture investment and advisory firm, and then gained valuable operating experience as Chairman & CEO of Geocast Network Systems, a broadband infrastructure company backed by Mayfield, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Institutional Venture Partners.
At Icon, Joe is on the Board of or actively involved with Area 1 Security, Devicescape, KIXEYE, Moovweb, PlayStudios, RedSeal, Sencha, Synack, Thanx, The Muse, TuneIn and Zephyr Health. Prior Icon investments include Aster Data Systems (Teradata), Clicker (CBS), Cortina Systems (Inphi), FireEye (FEYE), Infinera (INFN), Meebo (Google), Mimosa Systems (Iron Mountain), Ocarina Networks (Dell), Oodle (QVC), Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Posterous (Twitter), Proofpoint (PFPT), SiTime (MegaChips) and true[X]media (Fox).
Joe’s past investments include Avia Group International (Reebok), Encompass (Yahoo!), Gymboree (GYMB), Imedia (Terayon), Micro Linear (MLIN), Microtune (TUNE), Netsys Technologies (Cisco Systems), Pacific Microsonics (Microsoft), Ross Stores (ROST), Starsight Telecast (Gemstar), Stream Machine (Cirrus Logic) and Sun Microsystems (SUNW).
Joe received his MBA from the Wharton Graduate School of Business. As an undergraduate he studied engineering and applied sciences and then earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics at Columbia University.