Silicon Valley Bank
Region: Northern California
Jim Parsons is a Managing Director for Silicon Valley Bank, leading a team of senior bankers that work directly with clients in the software, applications, media, and consumer spaces. He is responsible for business development and portfolio management in the bank's Western Division - originating, structuring, and underwriting investments in early and growth stage technology companies, including the full suite of banking services to new clients.
Prior to joining SVB, Parsons was SVP and Managing Director at Horizon Technology Finance, a specialty venture debt firm. He opened Horizon's Western Regional Office, and built an investment team and a portfolio of commercial loans to early and mid-stage technology companies. His business development work included establishing Horizon's presence in Silicon Valley, Southern California, Washington state, Colorado, and Texas.
Previous to Horizon, Parsons served as Vice President at GATX Capital/GATX Ventures (where the Horizon team originated) for 13 years. He was responsible for business development in Silicon Valley, the Pacific Northwest, and Texas. Parsons' other experience at GATX includes financial analysis and structuring of various asset-backed loans, leases, and joint venture investments.
Parsons serves on the advisory board for Partners for Growth, a technology focused finance company. He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from The University of Michigan.