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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.


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, Philadelphia, 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. Del.sponsor Massachusetts Computer Software Council, Cambridge, since 1989.

Member of advisory board Columbia University Center for Operations, 1986-1987.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


First 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.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: sailing, cycling, tennis.


Married Nancy Harwood Farish, April 19, 1958. Children: Wendy Caroline, Scott Tilghman.

Gifford Elam Bass

Elizabeth Nellie (Cutter) Bass

Nancy Harwood Farish

Wendy Caroline Bass

Scott Tilghman Bass