Jacques F. Vallee is a private investor and executive manager of Documatica Financial, based in San Francisco and focused on early-stage healthcare and high technology startups. From 1987 to 2010 he served as a General Partner of several venture funds in Silicon Valley, notably the family of three Euro-America Ventures funds investing in North America and Europe, which he co-founded.
Jacques was born in France, where he received a B.S. in mathematics at the Sorbonne and an M.S. in astrophysics at Lille University. Coming to the U.S. as an astronomer at the University of Texas, where he co-developed the first computer-based map of Mars for NASA, Jacques later moved to Northwestern University where he received his Ph.D. in computer science and AI. He went on to work at SRI International and the Institute for the Future, where he directed the "Forum" project to build the world's first network-based collaboration system as a Principal Investigator for DARPA.
A venture capitalist with Euro-America since 1987, Jacques Vallee has spearheaded early-stage investments in over 60 high technology start-ups, serving on the board of many of them. One third of these companies reached the public markets. They include, SangStat Medical, a biotechnology firm based in Menlo Park, California and Nantes, France; Accuray, a medical device company specialized in robotic surgery; Ixys, a power semiconductor firm; and Ubique, Inc., a web teleconferencing company (acquired by AOL).
Other investments that he led for the fund include Com-21, P-Com, Harmonic Lightwaves, Regeneration Technologies and Mercury Interactive, all of which made successful IPOs on the Nasdaq market. He also served as a director of Class Data Systems, a networking company (acquired by Cisco), and recently Alter-G, a medical device company. In January 2010, HandyLab was acquired by Becton-Dickinson.
Jacques is a member of the science board for the French Genopole, based in Evry, France, (www.genopole.com) specializing in life sciences and was elected as a Trustee of the Institute for the Future (www.iftf.org). He has contributed a "Letter from California" column for Le Figaro.
Apart from his work with information technology and finance, Jacques has had a long-term private interest in astronomy and in the frontiers of research as a member of the expert committee of CNES-GEIPAN, the oldest government group continuously monitoring reports of unexplained aerial phenomena. He also serves on the scientific advisory board of Bigelow Aerospace in Las Vegas, Nevada (www.bigelowaerospace.com). He was awarded the Jules Verne Prize in Paris for a science fiction novel in French.
Jacques and his family settled in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1969.
Mail can be addressed to Jacques Vallee at:
P.O. Box 641650, San Francisco, CA 94164