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James Gifford Bass

James Gifford Bass, American venture capitalist.


  • Bass, James Gifford was born on January 3, 1936 in Fresno, California, United States. Son of Gifford Elam and Elizabeth Nellie (Cutter) Bass.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 1957. Master of Business Administration, Columbia University, 1987.


    • Electrical engineer, marketer Honeywell Aerospace Group, Minneapolis, 1961-1967. District manager Xerox Data Systems, Philadelphia, 1967-1973. Director eastern operations Tratec/McGraw Hill, 1973-1974.

      Director national marketing Sorbus, Inc., King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, 1974-1979. United States marketing manager Siemens Communications Systems, Iselin, New Jersey, 1979-1985. Director corporation development Siemens Corporation, New York City, 1985-1989.

      Vice president 3i Ventures Corporation, Boston, 1989-1992. General partner Newton Capital, Natick, Massachusetts, since 1992. Board directors Security Dynamics, Inc., Siemens Subsidiary and Affiliates.

      Delegate sponsor Massachusetts Computer Software Council, Cambridge, since 1989. Member advisory board Columbia University Center for Operations, 1986-1987.


    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


    1st lieutenant United States Army, 1958-1961. Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, National Venture Capital Association, New England Venture Capital Association, Boston Racquet Club, American Kennel Club Portuguese Water Dog Club (board directors 1978-1979), Monmouth Boat Club, Whitemarsh Amateur Athletic Union Club (president 1977-1978), Stanford University Alumni Club (founder, president Philadelphia, Minneapolis clubs), Tau Beta Pi.



    Sailing, bicycling, tennis.


    • Married Nancy Harwood Farish, April 19, 1958. Children: Wendy Caroline, Scott Tilghman.
    • father: Gifford Elam Bass
    • mother: Elizabeth Nellie (Cutter) Bass
    • spouse: Nancy Harwood Farish
    • children: Wendy Caroline Bass
    • Scott Tilghman Bass
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    Born January 3, 1936
    • 1957
      Stanford University
    • 1987
      Columbia University
    • 1961 - 1967
      Electrical engineer
      Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
    • 1967 - 1973
      district manager, Xerox Data Systems
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1973 - 1974
      director, eastern operations Tratec/McGraw Hill
    • 1974 - 1979
      director, national marketing Sorbus
      King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1979 - 1985
      United States marketing manager, Siemens Communications Systems
      Iselin, New Jersey, United States
    • 1985 - 1989
      director, corporation development Siemens Corporation
    • 1989 - 1992
      vice president, 3i Ventures Corporation
      Boston, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1992
      general partner, Newton Capital
      Natick, Massachusetts, United States
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