Jason is a Managing Director of Storm Ventures. At Storm Ventures, Jason focuses exclusively on early-stage SaaS/enterprise start-ups and helping them scale.
He has led and/or sourced Storm’s investments in next-generation SaaS leaders including Talkdesk, Algolia, Pipedrive and Guidespark, as well as his own Storm-backed company, EchoSign (acquired by Adobe). He also serves an Advisory Board Member or investor in other emerging SaaS leaders, including Convertro (acquired by AOL), BetterWorks, AnyPerk, Retention Science, and Greenhouse.io.
Jason is an acknowledged thought leader in SaaS through his creation of the SaaStr community for SaaS executives and founders. Through SaaStr.com, and its companion blog on Quora, saastr.quora.com, the SaaStr community connects thousands of SaaS entrepreneurs and generates over 750,000 views a month around core SaaS topics, with a particular focus on accelerating revenue and early-stage SaaS sales and marketing.
Prior to Storm Ventures, Jason M. Lemkin served as CEO and co-founder of Storm Ventures-backed EchoSign, the web’s most popular electronic signature service. Jason led EchoSign from inception through its acquisition by Adobe Systems Inc. in 2011. He then served as Vice President, Web Services at Adobe, where he oversaw the growth of EchoSign and Adobe Document Services to $100,000,000+ ARR in 2013. He co-founded EchoSign while an Entrepreneur-in-Resident at Storm, and Storm then went on to lead its pre-revenue Series A round.
Prior to Adobe and EchoSign, Jason co-founded and served as President of one of the only successes in nanotechnology, NanoGram Devices, which was acquired for $50 million just 12 1/2 months after founding. There, he closed over $6 million in enterprise sales within the company’s first year. The technology, built into implantable power cells, has gone on to help extend the lives of thousands.
He holds a B.A. from Harvard University; a JD and Order of the Coif from University of California Berkeley; and he completed the Stanford Graduate School of Business’ Executive Management Program.