Quake Capital, a NYC-based accelerator focused on making seed level investments in new and early stage ventures across a wide range of industries, added Jim Brisimitzis as managing partner.
In his new role at Quake, Brisimitzis will oversee corporate development and outreach. He will be based out of Quake’s Seattle office, which is planned as part of its 2019 expansion.
Brisimitzis joins Quake from Microsoft, where he served as general manager of “Microsoft for Startups” after successfully launching the program in 2015.
In this role, he led engagement with 2,800 startups in the U.S. and Canada and established partnerships with leading accelerators and incubators across the continent.
In three years, his work generated millions in new revenues and established a portfolio valuation of more than $12 billion.
Prior to launching “Microsoft for Startups,” Brisimitzis led global operations for Microsoft Ventures, where he created and launched the “HiPo” program, an exclusive engagement for startups with significant market potential. Over the course of his more than 15-year career, he has worked with both enterprises and startups, including work on an early artificial intelligence technology that was recently awarded a U.S. patent.
Led by Glenn Argenbright, founding partner, Quake Capital is an accelerator focused on making seed level investments in new and early stage ventures across a wide range of industries. The firm hosts accelerator programs in three cities: New York, Los Angeles and Austin. The firm works with key advisers, and taps into exclusive relationships developed over the last 30 years to enable access to the top players in finance, development, manufacturing and distribution.