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Jon Sakoda

Founding Partner

Jon is the Founding Partner of Decibel, a newly formed independent venture firm that invests in early-stage technology companies. An entrepreneur turned venture capitalist, Jon has worked alongside dozens of founders and has a passion for helping startups find their unique advantage.

Previously a General Partner at New Enterprise Associates, Jon was an early stage investor and started NEA’s seed program. While at NEA, he worked with the founding teams of BlueJeans Network (acquired by Verizon), Cloudflare (NYSE: NET), Elastic (NYSE: ESTC), HackerOne, MongoDB (NASDAQ: MDB), Opower (acquired by Oracle), and ScienceLogic. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Jon was an entrepreneur and co-founder of IMlogic, Inc., serving as its Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Products, through its acquisition by Symantec Corporation. He was previously with Goldman Sachs in their private equity group.

Jon graduated from Harvard College and is passionate about entrepreneurship and family.


Founders say about me

I have been in your shoes. You want me in the foxhole.

I am passionate about

Proving everyone wrong when you are underestimated.

When I am not helping founders

I am thinking about your next startup.