Jay Hoag

Founding General Partner

Investing in technology and working with entrepreneurs is the greatest possible job in the world's greatest industry. Having stumbled into this industry in 1982, I feel incredibly lucky. Every day brings change, opportunity, challenge and growth.

Jay has been a venture capitalist and technology investor for more than 35 years.

He and Rick Kimball co-founded TCV in 1995. Since that time, TCV has raised over $16 billion in capital and emerged as a leading provider of growth capital to technology companies. In addition to his investment activities, Jay is also a member of TCV’s Executive Committee, which oversees general management of the firm and its funds.

Prior to TCV, Jay was a Managing Director at Chancellor Capital Management, where he spent more than 12 years as a technology-focused venture capitalist and fund manager. He has been involved in a large number of technology investments, including Actuate Software, Ariba, Altiris (acquired by Symantec), BlueCoat Systems (formerly CacheFlow), C|NET, Encompass (acquired by Yahoo!), Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA), EXE Technologies (acquired by SSA Global), Expedia (NASDAQ: EXPE), Facebook (NASDAQ: FB), Fandango (acquired by Comcast),  Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN), Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX), ONYX Software, RealNetworks (NASDAQ: RNWK), SpringStreet (acquired by Homestore.com), TechTarget, Vacationspot.com (acquired by Expedia), Viant (acquired by iXL), and Zillow (NASDAQ: Z). Jay has been recognized numerous times by Forbes on its Midas List as one of the industry’s top technology investors.

He is currently on the board of directors of Electronic Arts, Netflix, PelotonProdege (parent company of Swagbucks), TripAdvisorVICE Media, and Zillow and actively involved with Sportradar (NASDAQ: SRAD), and Strava.

Jay is on the Investment Advisory Committee at the University of Michigan, the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University, and the Board of Trust at Vanderbilt University.

He is also a lifelong Cubs fan, which has built tremendous character and required infinite patience. It also meant that 2016 was a crazy and ecstatic year.

Jay received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

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