Managing Director & Co-Founder
Jesse leverages his hands-on operating experience and software industry contacts to source and nurture exceptional application software opportunities for Borealis. He currently is a Director on the boards of Borealis portfolio companies Envista, Handmark, Newforma, and Vico, as well as an observer on the SpaceClaim board. He previously served as a Director on the boards of Borealis Fund I portfolio companies @Last Software (acquired by Google, Inc.) and Scribe Software (acquired by The Mustang Group).
Prior to co-founding Borealis Ventures, Jesse served as an executive in two public application software companies. He helped grow Softdesk from a New Hampshire start-up to a multinational public company. Serving on the Board of Directors and in a variety of senior positions at Softdesk, he oversaw numerous acquisitions, a successful initial public offering and the sale of the business in 1996 to Autodesk (Nasdaq: ADSK). While at Autodesk, Jesse led the integration of the two companies and served on the Autodesk executive staff as the Vice President and General Manager of the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Division. After Autodesk, he advised a number of early-stage companies (Beansprout Networks and ManagedOps.com) and co-founded Handmark, Inc. (which later became a Borealis portfolio company).
Jesse serves on the New England Executive Board of TechNet, the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation as well as numerous other non-profit boards, and is a past Chair of the Software Association of New Hampshire and a past director of the New Hampshire High Technology Council. He graduated with Distinction from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and completed his military service as a member of the White House Communications Agency during the Ford and Carter administrations.