Jerry Bird



Jerry is the president of MassVentures, a firm he joined in 2005.  He has over 30 years of experience advising and financing entrepreneurial-driven companies, the past 22 in venture capital.  Throughout his professional career, Jerry has operated both as an investor and an active partner to entrepreneurs building their companies.  His direct investment experience covers dozens of companies and, in many cases, as the lead or co-lead investor.  Several of these companies were acquired by significant publicly-traded companies.  Among the companies Jerry has been on the board of are e-Travel (acquired by Oracle), (Nasdaq: ANDV, purchased by VA Linux), LinkSoft Technologies (purchased by QuadraMed), NexCen Technologies (purchased by UCMS), and Bitpipe Inc. (purchased by TechTarget).  He currently is a board member or board observer at MassVentures’ portfolio companies Edaris Health, Life Image, and MachineMetrics.  He also serves on the advisory board of MassDevelopment’s Emerging Technology Fund, and the Board of the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center.

In 2012, he led the creation of MassVentures’ START program which received the Small Business Administration’s 2015 Tibbetts award for its contribution to the success of the SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) program.  START provides funding and expertise to help technologists with the business focus to turn their science into a growing, job creating company.