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Current Role:
Of Counsel
Cooley LLP
Past Role:
SVP and General Counsel, eBay Inc.
Expertise:
Exec. Management
Strategy & M&A

Industry:
eCom & Marketplaces

Mike Jacobson

Mike is the former senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of eBay.  During his 17-year tenure as eBay general counsel, he grew its legal department from two lawyers into a 400-person global team and guided the company through a wide range of high-profile legal matters, including its highly successful 1998 IPO; its 2002 $1.5 billion acquisition of fintech pioneer PayPal – the spinoff of which he completed in 2015 – and its $2.6 billion acquisition and later profitable sale of Skype.  At the helm of eBay’s legal department, Mike spearheaded the company’s regulatory relationships and its government policy group. He also established several key internet and IP legal principles by winning seminal cases such as eBay v. MercExchange (patents), Tiffany v. eBay (trademarks) and eBay v. Bidder’s Edge (trespass applied to the internet).  As a member of the Company’s executive team throughout his tenure, he helped grow revenue, profits, cash flow and market cap more than 100 fold.

Mike began his legal career at Cooley LLP where he served as partner and head of the firm’s public securities practice prior to joining eBay. He has represented clients in private financings, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets offerings, including initial public offerings, convertible debt and high-yield debt offerings.  He also has extensive experience advising public and private companies on general corporate issues.

While attending law school at Stanford University, Mike was the Nathan Abbot Scholar and a member of the Order of the Coif.

Investments:

Jeremy Schneider

Managing Director
jJeremy Schneider joined WIN as a Senior Associate in January, 2011. In October 2016, he was promoted to Managing Director. Prior to WIN, Jeremy was a Senior Associate Consultant at Bain & Company in San Francisco, where he focused on technology companies and worked in the Private Equity Group. He graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College, where he majored in History. He has a Master’s degree in Economic and Social History from The University of Oxford, where he was a Clarendon Scholar. Jeremy grew up in the Bay Area and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with entrepreneurs and to immerse himself in the world of start-ups.

Dena Porter

Business Operations Manager

WINteamHeadshotsDPDena brings more than a decade of ‘behind-the-scenes’ productivity and organizational knowledge to the fast-flowing stream of information and infrastructure at WIN. She has held positions in Silicon Valley start-ups fusionOne and Baynote and has teamed with Maynard for years at eBay, LiveOps and now WIN. Dena is fascinated by all things technology keeping her in tune with WIN’s existing and prospective portfolio companies.