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Norwest Venture Partners
For more than 48 years, Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) has actively partnered with entrepreneurs to build and grow successful businesses. The firm manages more than $2.5 billion in capital, has funded over 450 companies since inception and has demonstrated an exemplary track record producing premier investment returns during differing capital market environments. Our size, global presence and heritage enable us to offer our portfolio companies high-level, long-term assistance. Our experience makes us realistic about how businesses unfold, and we can advise our portfolio companies at all phases of growth, from start-up through IPO or acquisition.

NVP is a global fund dedicated to both domestic and international investments. We believe that raising one global fund is a distinct advantage for our portfolio companies. In today’s global economy, it is important that all NVP portfolio companies—whether they are based in the U.S. or abroad—benefit from our network of global contacts and resources. Therefore, we’ve chosen to invest out of one single fund, instead of keeping our international investments and partners separate from the rest of the firm. NVP partners are committed to each investment in the portfolio, regardless of the location, and they all have a vested interest in making each NVP company successful.

Photo of Joshua Goldman, Norwest Venture Partners Joshua Goldman
General Partner
Norwest Venture Partners

Josh joins Norwest Venture Partners with more than 20 years of operational experience having been a repeat entrepreneur, CEO, board member and investor in several high-growth technology companies. Josh has spent his career seeking to combine his passion for breakthrough technology with an ability to create innovative and sustainable business models for high-growth companies. At NVP, Josh focuses on investments in consumer-facing internet products and services including search, e-commerce, social networking and digital media. His current investments and board seats include NearbyNow, an Internet and mobile local shopping services company, and Sojern, an innovative advertising company servicing the travel industry. He is actively involved with the boards of directors at Evincii, Retrevo and Sonoa Systems.

Prior to NVP, Josh was CEO of Akimbo Systems, Inc., (a company backed by Cisco, AT&T and leading venture capital firms), which delivers video-on-demand content to large service operators and set-top makers including AT&T. Prior to Akimbo, Josh was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Sprout Group in Menlo Park, California.

Prior to Sprout Group, Josh was President and CEO of mySimon, Inc., a pioneer in online comparison shopping services. Josh oversaw all aspects of the company's growth into one of the largest and best-known consumer ecommerce companies in the late 1990's, culminating in its acquisition by CNet Networks in early 2000 for $730 million. After the acquisition, Josh was named President of CNet's Consumer Division, reporting to the company's CEO.

Earlier in his career, Josh held management roles at USWeb/CKS (which went public, and was then acquired by Whitman-Hart, Inc.), Softbank Content Services (Acquired by Logistix, Inc.), Phoenix Technologies, Inc., and Apple Computer Inc.,

Josh has served on the Board of Directors at Synaptics, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNA) through its Initial Public Offering as well as at Ask Jeeves (NASDAQ: ASKJ) until its acquisition by IAC/Interactive Corp for $1.9 billion. Josh also served on the Board of Directors at PremierGuide, Inc. (acquired by Local.com) as well as at Akimbo Systems, Inc. He also has served on the Board of Advisors at Zedo, PremierGuide and Hyperpia.

Josh holds an MBA from Harvard Business school and a Bachelor of Science (honors) degree in Computer Science from Tufts University.

Representative Investments
Sojern Sojern Advertising company servicing the travel industry
NearbyNow NearbyNow Internet and mobile local shopping services
Cast Iron Systems Cast Iron Systems Inventor of the Application Integration Appliance for business
MobileIron MobileIron Wireless Networking



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