Professional Biography

Harvey C. Jones, Jr. has been an entrepreneur, high technology executive and active venture investor for over 30 years. Jones began his career in 1974 at Calma, the then leading supplier of electronic computer aided design (ECAD) systems. After an initial role in engineering, Jones assumed increasing responsibility and was ultimately promoted to the position of vice president, marketing & business development. Upon the acquisition of the company by General Electric in 1981, Jones left to co-found Daisy Systems, the first workstation-based, computer-aided engineering (CAE) company. As the original vice president of marketing & sales, Jones defined the market for electronic circuit design and simulation. The company grew rapidly and went public in 1983. Jones was ultimately appointed president & chief executive officer. In 1987 Jones left to lead the founding team of Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNPS) as president & CEO. The company mission was to re-invent the way increasingly complex integrated circuits were designed. Synopsys pioneered the industrial application of logic synthesis and created a virtual monopoly in the category. The Company's technology has enabled the creation of the very sophisticated integrated circuits that underpin virtually all modern computer, communication and consumer electronics products as well as advanced defense & aerospace systems. Over 80% of the microelectronic circuits designed in the world today are designed with the Synopsys Design Compiler. Jones took the company public in early 1992 and eventually assumed the additional position of Chairman of the Board. In 1998 Jones retired from his operational roles in order to pursue high technology venture investing on a full time basis.

As a private venture investor, Jones has been associated with a number of successful technology start-ups. In addition to Synopsys and Daisy, Jones has been an active participant in the founding, funding and development of Axis Systems (sold to Synopsys), Illustra (sold to Informix), Interconnectix (sold to Mentor Graphics), Mercury Interactive (1993 IPO), Numerical Technologies (2000 IPO), Navis (2008 sale to Zebra), Nvidia (1999 IPO), Red Pepper Software (sold to Peoplesoft), Remedy (1994 IPO), Simplex Solutions (2000 IPO), Tensilica (2013 sale to Cadence Design Systems) and Wind River Systems (2009 sale to Intel).

Jones presently sits on the boards of directors of Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA), the world leader in 3D Graphics and Visual Computing, and Tintri Inc. which builds smart storage solutions for virtual and cloud environments. 

Mr. Jones holds a B.S. in mathematics and computer science from Georgetown University (1974), and an M.S. in management from MIT's Sloan School of Management (1980).