Founding Partner, Formation 8
Jim Kim is a founding partner at Formation 8, a venture capital firm focused on smart enterprise and energy technology investments. Prior to Formation 8, Jim was a partner at Khosla Ventures, where he led seed investments in companies like Varentec, Arcanum, and Avogy, and later-stage investments in companies like Ciris Energy. Prior to joining Khosla Ventures, Jim was a senior partner in the Energy & Materials practice at CMEA Capital, where he collaborated with entrepreneurs from A123Systems, Foro Energy, and a number of university spinouts. Jim began his career with GE Structured Finance and subsequently moved to GE’s Energy Financial Services Division where he worked on project financing for renewable energy projects. As a founding partner of the Energy Technology Ventures group, Jim invested in A123Systems, China High Speed Transmission, Ocean Power Delivery, and several later-stage companies across diverse clean tech sectors. Jim received undergraduate degrees in computer science, electrical engineering and political science from MIT, where he also founded an Internet infrastructure start-up at the height of the technology bubble. He holds an MBA and a master’s in quantitative methods from Columbia University. Jim teaches green energy and entrepreneurship as an adjunct professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management, and conducts research with a professor at the Columbia Earth Institute.