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Jean-Louis Gassée
  • Venture Partner, Allegis Capital
  • Venture Partner, AVI Capital
  • Founder/CEO Be Inc.; President Apple Computers Products Division
  • Venture Partner, Benchmark Europe

Jean-Louis Gassée has been associated with the firm since 1994, first as a Special Limited Partner of AVI III. He joined the firm full-time in October 2002 and was a General Partner from 2003 until 2010.

In late 1990, Mr. Gassée founded Be, Inc., a multi-media system software company, took it to the NASDAQ in 1999 and sold it to Palm in 2001. Mr. Gassée started Apple France in 1981, moved to Cupertino, California in 1985 and became president of the Apple Products Division, covering worldwide product development, manufacturing and product marketing. From 1974 to 1981, Mr. Gassée served as CEO of the French affiliates of Data General and Exxon Office Systems and, from 1968 to 1974 worked for Hewlett-Packard in sales management positions in France and at the European HQ in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mr. Gassée has served as a director of publicly traded companies such as Cray Computer Corporation, 3Com, Logitech and Electronics for Imaging, and was until late 2005 Chairman of PalmSource. He is a Mathematics and Physics graduate of Paris (Orsay) University in France.