Brian Jacobs 

Founder, Managing Partner

Brian is the founder and managing partner of Moai Capital.  He has deep experience as a tech startup investor and board member, helping dozens of companies make their dreams a reality.  He has been a board member of over 50 companies, including 12 that have gone public and 6 that have had unicorn-scale exits.  Brian was named twice to the Forbes Midas List of Top 100 VC Investors.


Prior to founding Moai Capital, Brian co-founded Emergence Capital, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm in SaaS and B2B cloud services.  Emergence Capital was named VC of the Year by the National Venture Capital Association in 2017.  Previously, Brian was a partner at St. Paul Venture Capital where he made seed and early stage investments in consumer technology and software.  Brian has invested across many categories during his career, including IoT, consumer electronics, internet services, SaaS, information services, semiconductors and biotech. 


He is currently a board member of Proximity Grid, and several Emergence companies, including, Impartner,  Eversight and InsideView. 


Brian also enjoys cycling, stone carving, cross country skiing and traveling, especially to see ancient stone structures. He was inspired by Easter Island which he visited in 2011.




Kate Winslow

Operations Manager

Kate manages the operations of Moai Capital and supports our portfolio companies.  She helps us make sure that we are all carving the right stones.


Prior to Moai Capital, Kate worked at Emergence Capital helping to establish its position as a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm.  Previously, Kate worked at Electronics Arts helping executives with complex global business operations.


Kate enjoys meditation, travel and the joys of raising her little son and daughter in Silicon Valley.