Josh brings to Norwest Venture Partners more than 20 years of operational experience having been a repeat entrepreneur, CEO, board member and investor in many high-growth technology companies. As CEO or board member, Josh has generated more than $5.5 billion in realized exit valuations and has participated in four highly successful IPOs. Josh has spent his career seeking to combine his passion for breakthrough technology with an ability to create innovative and sustainable business models for high-growth companies.
At Norwest, Josh focuses on investments in consumer-facing Internet products and services including search, e-commerce, social networking, Internet-of-Things, and digital media. His current investments include IFTTT, Lumosity, Gilt Groupe, Second Measure, Sojern, STELLAService, and Casper. He also holds board observer or advisory roles with Sabre Holdings (Nasdaq: SABR), and NinthDecimal. His recent exits include ModCloth (acquired by Walmart), RetailMeNot (Acquired by Harland Clarke; Nasdaq: SALE), Snapfinger (acquired by EMN8, Inc.), Retrevo (acquired by Shopzilla), and Threadflip (acquired by Le Tote).
Josh’s first executive leadership role was as president and CEO of mySimon, Inc., a pioneer in online comparison shopping services. Josh oversaw all aspects of the company’s growth into one of the largest and best-known consumer e-commerce companies in the late 1990’s, culminating in its acquisition by CNet Networks in early 2000 for $700 million. After the acquisition, Josh was named president of CNet’s Consumer Division, reporting to the company’s CEO.
In 2001, Josh joined venture capital firm Sprout Group as its first Entrepreneur-in-Residence, leading to his 2002 appointment as CEO of Akimbo Systems, Inc., a company backed by Cisco, AT&T and leading venture capital firms. Akimbo was the first Internet-delivered video-on-demand provider serving content to large service operators and set-top makers including AT&T.
Earlier in his career, Josh held management roles at USWeb/CKS (IPO in 1998, and subsequently acquired by Whitman-Hart, Inc.), Softbank Content Services (Acquired by Logistix, Inc.), Phoenix Technologies, Inc., and Apple.
Josh has previously served on the board of directors at Synaptics, Inc. (Nasdaq: SYNA) through its initial public offering, at Ask Jeeves (Nasdaq: ASKJ) until its acquisition by IAC/Interactive Corp for $1.9 billion, at PremierGuide, Inc. (acquired by Local.com) as well as at mySimon, Inc. and Akimbo Systems, Inc.
Josh holds an MBA from Harvard Business school and a bachelor of science (honors) degree in computer science from Tufts University.
Get To Know Josh
- What was your first job?
Hot dog hawker at the Northwestern University football stadium (at age 15)
- What is something that people may not know about you?
I was a paid background actor in the 1983 movie “Risky Business" (also at age 15). Look for me during the infamous party sequence.
- In what cities have you lived?
Chicago; Boston; London; Monterey, CA; Fremont, CA; Saratoga, CA