Joe Horowitz is the Managing General Partner of Icon Ventures, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm with offices in Palo Alto and San Francisco. He is a veteran of the venture capital industry and in 2003 was instrumental in launching the firm. Prior to joining Icon, Joe’s venture capital experience includes a 10-year tenure at U.S. Venture Partners where the first deal that he worked on was the seed financing of Sun Microsystems. His past investments including Avia International (Reebok), Encompass (Yahoo), Gymboree (GYMB), Microtune (TUNE), Netsys Technologies (Cisco Systems), Ross Stores (ROST) and Starsight Telecast (Gemstar). He was also Chairman and CEO of Geocast Network Systems, a broadband infrastructure company backed by Mayfield, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Institutional Venture Partners.
While at Icon Joe has had 16 successful exits to date. He has been particularly active in the security space with early investments in FireEye (FEYE), Palo Alto Networks (PANW) and Proofpoint (PFPT) that today are publicly traded companies with multibillion dollar market valuations. Other notable exits include Aster Data (Teradata), Clicker (CBS), Infinera (INFN), Meebo (Google), Mimosa Systems (Iron Mountain), Ocarina Networks (Dell), Opcity (News Corp), Posterous (Twitter), SiTime (MegaChips), Teladoc (TDOC) and True[x]Media (Fox).
At Icon, Joe is currently on the Board of or actively involved with Area 1 Security, KIXEYE, PlayStudios, RedSeal, Synack, Thanx and TuneIn.
Joe received his MBA from the Wharton Graduate School of Business. As an undergraduate he earned his BA degree in economics from Columbia University, in addition to three years of study at Columbia’s School of Engineering & Applied Sciences. He currently serves on the board of the National Venture Capital Association and is a former board member of the Western Association of Venture Capitalist.