Jim Swartz founded Accel with Arthur Patterson in 1983. Over 50 years in venture capital, Swartz has been a lead director of more than 50 successful companies. He was instrumental as a founder/mentor of Accel London and in the founding of Meritech Capital. Before Accel, he was the founding general partner of Adler & Company, which he started with Fred Adler in 1978 after his tenure as a vice president of Citicorp Venture Capital. A long-time industry leader, Swartz is a former chairman of the National Venture Capital Association and the 2007 recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award. As an active philanthropist, his initiatives include dozens of academic, arts, athletic, health, scholarship, and social impact programs.