BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Jun 13, 2011) - Polaris Venture Partners today announced that it has promoted Jason Trevisan to General Partner. Trevisan joined the firm in 2003.
As an investor and board member, Trevisan has been instrumental in Polaris' lead investments in LegalZoom and ShoeDazzle, among others. He focuses on both growth equity and early stage tech investing, with a particular focus in consumer Internet, social commerce, SaaS and consumer healthcare.
"Jason has distinguished himself across the venture community for his ability to spot disruptive technologies and business models," said Bryce Youngren, General Partner of Polaris Venture Partners. "His ability to recognize opportunity ahead of the curve, combined with his knowledge and expertise in his areas of focus, benefits his portfolio companies and our limited partners alike."
"Jason has been a terrific partner to me as an entrepreneur as well as to ShoeDazzle's business from very early on, helping us define the business model and scale the company," said Brian Lee, ShoeDazzle founder and CEO. "He's an analytical and creative board member who has challenged our thinking and broadened our vision. Throughout our evolution he's worked incredibly hard to help make ShoeDazzle a success."
"Polaris' strategy of closely partnering with great entrepreneurs has given me a unique opportunity to work with world-class people and incredible companies," said Trevisan. "I'm thankful for the opportunity to contribute to the firm's well-earned tradition of high company value-add and excellent returns for LPs."
Prior to joining Polaris Venture Partners in 2003, Trevisan was an executive at aQuantive (acquired by Microsoft in 2007) and a consultant with Bain & Company. He received his M.B.A. with Distinction from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where he was recognized as an Edward Tuck Scholar, and holds an A.B., cum laude, from Duke University.
About Polaris Venture Partners
Polaris Venture Partners is a partnership of experienced investors, operating executives and entrepreneurs. The firm's mission is to identify, invest in and partner with seed, early stage and middle-market businesses having exceptional promise, helping them to grow into market-leading companies. Polaris invests in businesses across a number of sectors including technology, consumer services, and life sciences. Past Polaris-backed successes include: Adnexus (acquired by BMS), Advanced Inhalation Research (acquired by Alkermes), Akamai Technologies (AKAM), Allaire (ALLR, acquired by Adobe), Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY), Asthmatx (acquired by Boston Scientific) Glycofi (acquired by Merck), Ironwood (IRWD), LogMeIn (LOGM), Momenta Pharmaceuticals (MNTA), Powersoft (PWRS, acquired by Sybase), Solidworks, and TechTarget (TTGT). Its current portfolio includes notable investments which include: Adimab, Art.com, AscendHealth, e-Rewards, Focus Financial, LegalZoom, LivingProof, MarkMonitor, ShoeDazzle and Quantcast. For more on the firm, its mission and its portfolio companies: http://polarisventures.com.