Managing Director and COO
James Beck’s leadership and keen insights into operations, tax and accounting ensures that Mayfield Fund runs like a well-oiled machine. He thrives when faced with the challenges of investing and navigating through an ever-changing business world. As a well-respected voice in the venture capital community, James offers a valuable and rare perspective to developing solutions to difficult problems in a variety of situations.
James joined Mayfield Fund in 1998 as controller, served as chief financial officer since 2000, was promoted to managing director in 2005 and then chief operating officer in June 2008. Previously, he was an audit manager for Arthur Andersen in the Silicon Valley, where his client base consisted of various software, hardware and service organizations.
James is actively involved with the National Venture Capital Association's CFO Taskforce and is an active member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board's Small Business Advisory Committee and Private Company Resource Group. He also serves as a member of the board of trustees and treasurer, vice president & corporate secretary with the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.
James attended the Executive Program at U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business and holds a BS in business administration and accounting from the University of the Pacific. He is a certified public accountant and certified management accountant.
James' background includes helping to build one of the world's largest optical telescopes at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Mauna Kea, Hawaii, racing motorcycles in hare scrambles, enduros and motocross as well as being a race car machinist.