Brian Jacobs is a Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business teaching angel and venture capital financing. He is also a co-founder of Emergence Capital and is the founder and managing partner of Moai Capital. Emergence Capital is a leading Silicon Valley venture capital investor in SaaS and B2B cloud services that was named VC of the Year by the National Venture Capital Association in 2017. Moai Capital is a seed capital firm based in San Mateo, California.

Brian has deep experience as a tech startup investor and board member, helping dozens of entrepreneurs make their dreams a reality. He has been a board member of over 50 companies, including 12 that have gone public and 6 that have had unicorn-scale exits. Brian was named twice to the Forbes Midas List of Top 100 VC Investors. Previously, Brian was an investor at St. Paul Venture Capital and Security Pacific Capital, and an engineer for Raychem and RCA. He holds two patents.

He is currently a board member of, Impartner, Drivewyze, Eversight, InsideView, Proximity Grid and the Autism Aspergers Spectrum Coalition for Education, Networking and Development (“AASCEND”).

He earned an MBA from Stanford and an MS and BS in mechanical engineering from MIT.

Brian also enjoys cycling, cross country skiing and traveling, especially to see ancient stone structures.

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Graduate School of Business

Professional Education

  • BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering (1983)
  • MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering (1984)
  • MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business (1989)

2022-23 Courses