Global venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates promoted Aaron Jacobson to Partner and welcomed Kavita Patel, M.D. as a Venture Partner on the firm’s healthcare team.
Jacobson is an early-stage technology investor based in the firm’s Menlo Park and San Francisco offices. Jacobson, who joined NEA in 2011, invests in entrepreneurs seeking to build, scale and secure the next-generation of SaaS applications, big data platforms, and cloud infrastructure. He serves on the boards of Tigera and illusive networks, and is an observer at NGINX, StreamSets, MOVE Guides, Mimosa Networks, Juvo, and Built Robotics. Jacobson has also worked closely with many other NEA portfolio companies including Box, Databricks, MapR, UnifyID, Bloom Energy, and Coursera.
In 2016, Jacobson was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Venture Capital and the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. He earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology.
Patel is a physician and healthcare policy expert based in the Washington, D.C. region. In addition to her role at NEA, Patel is a practicing physician at Johns Hopkins Medicine. She previously served in the Obama Administration as Director of Policy for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement in the White House, playing a key role in design of healthcare reform legislation.
Patel is a director of Dignity Health, Tesaro, and SSM Health Care. She frequently provides expert commentary to radio and print media outlets, including National Public Radio, CBS, Newsweek and MarketWatch. Patel earned her medical degree from University of Texas Health Science Center and her master’s degree in Health Services Research from the University of California, Los Angeles.