Jim Cohen, '86

Co-Founder, Fitz Gate Ventures

Jim is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fitz Gate Ventures. Jim also teaches a seminar series on venture capital at Princeton University's Graduate School and is an Adjunct Professor/Lecturer at Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business where he teaches a class on venture capital investing. Jim volunteers as a member of the Keller Center’s eLab Advisory Committee and as a mentor to the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council.

Fitz Gate Ventures invests a majority of its capital in early stage companies from the Princeton ecosystem. Typical initial check size is $500K with additional capital reserved for follow-on rounds. Fitz Gate is investing out of its second fund and currently has $25 million under management. Fitz Gate’s portfolio companies have been profiled in the New York Times, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Forbes, Bloomberg, Vogue and other media outlets. Fitz Gate invests alongside other world class VC firms but is also willing to lead and/or invest alone.

Prior to co-founding Fitz Gate, Jim was the head of Corp Dev/M&A for an NYSE listed company which he grew through acquisition until exit; a founding partner in private equity fund Main Street Capital (NYSE: MAIN); a PE/M&A lawyer (Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in NYC and London) and an investment banker (Morgan Stanley in NYC). Jim has previously served as a member of the Executive Committee of Princeton’s Alumni Council; Vice Chair of the Princeton University Schools Committee; and Co-Chair of the Houston Schools Committee for Princeton.