James Socas is a Senior Advisor to the firm. James has more than twenty years of experience in the software industry and technology investing. Previously, James served as Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Development at Symantec, the global security software leader, leading Symantec’s mergers & acquisitions practice, corporate venture investing, and strategic, financial and technology alliances. He conceived, negotiated and executed Symantec’s highly publicized international joint venture with Huawei Technologies, one of China’s leading technology companies, and drove the successful billion dollar acquisition of systems management leader Altiris, as well as several other major corporate acquisitions. Prior to Symantec, James was a Managing Director with Credit Suisse First Boston and Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, executing over $20 billion in M&A transactions and $15 billion in capital raising.
James serves on the board of McLean Youth Soccer, the Board of Managers of the University of Virginia’s Alumni Association, and previously served as Treasurer and Trustee of the Potomac School. He has also served two terms on Virginia’s Board of Corrections.
James is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Harvard Business School. He lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife and three sons.