Jim Kim is a founding member and GP of Builders VC. Prior to Builders, Jim founded Formation 8 and served as its Managing Partner. Jim enjoys investing in entrepreneurs working on transformative, contrarian companies. He currently serves on the boards of IT and Diversified Technology companies including: Context Relevant, EVA, Bolt Threads Taxon Biosciences (sold to DuPont), and GrabIt, and previously served on the boards of Wish and Lucid Design.
Prior to Formation 8, Jim was a General Partner at Khosla Ventures, where he led investments and founded technology companies in a variety of industries including IT, hardware, energy, and consumer products. Prior to KV, Jim joined CMEA Capital as a Senior Partner in their E&M practice. Jim began his career with GE Capital’s Structured Finance group where he worked on a variety of IT & Telecom financings before joining the Energy Finance team and working to grow their portfolio to $15B in assets. At GE, Jim also co-founded the GE Ventures initiative and led investments in China High Speed Transmission, ComScore, A123 Systems, Danger, and several later-stage companies across diverse technology sectors.
Jim received undergraduate degrees in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering and Political Science from MIT, where he also founded a venture-backed Internet infrastructure start-up with fellow Course 6 students. He also holds a Masters Degree in Quantitative Data Analysis from Columbia University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Jim enjoys kung-fu, tai chi, making wine (DJK Lei), and fishing, and he hopes to see the U.S. Soccer team win a World Cup in his lifetime.