Menlo adds Jim Dawson as venture partner


Jim-D-SmallMenlo Ventures has hired former chief sales officer and executive vice president Jim Dawson of Fusion-io as a venture partner.

Dawson will focus on storage and infrastructure investments.

During his tenure at vice president of 3PAR, which was a portfolio company of Menlo, Dawson helped to grow annual revenues to $200m from $6m.

Dawson has also served as vice president of worldwide sales at Scale 8, and a vice president at Data General Corporation.

“Jim, with his extensive enterprise sales expertise, will be a welcome addition to our resource team as the enterprise investment landscape continues to expand,” the firm said in a blog post.

Menlo’s other recent appointments include the hiring of Tyler Sosin as a principal. He is focused on sourcing deals in the enterprise software, financial services and consumer internet sectors.

Sosin previously worked as an associate at Accel Partners in London where he sourced investments in Aorato, GoCardless, Calastone, and PeerTransfer.

Last month Menlo sold IP video camera and DVR service Dropcam to Nest Labs for a return of eight times.


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