Timothy A. Barrows '79, P '13

Tim joined the Board of Trustees in July 2015 after several years of service to the college as co-Chair of the Non-Marketable Advisory Committee (venture and buyouts) and a member of the board’s Investment Committee and his 25th Reunion Fund committee, as well as service as an associate class agent.

Tim BarrowsGrowing up in the small rural community of Cazenovia in upstate New York, Tim learned about Williams from his father, an engineer who believed strongly in a liberal arts education. He majored in political economy and served as a Junior Advisor. He also spent winter study and spring semester, sophomore year in a special program in New York City with a small number of Williams students and political science professor, living in Hell’s Kitchen, performing social work and taking classes on urban development.

After graduating from Williams, Tim worked in corporate finance at Merrill Lynch White Weld, and in his spare time helped several startups raise their initial seed capital. He joined Matrix Partners, a venture capital firm that invests in technology startups, after getting his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Today he’s a general partner at Matrix, where he has been a founding investor in dozens of companies, many of which have gone on to successful acquisitions or initial public offerings. As a lead investor and board member he has supported and mentored many entrepreneurs and first-time CEOs. He also organized and oversees his firm’s international efforts in China and India with teams located in Beijing, Shanghai, Mumbai and Bangalore. He is currently a director of a number of privately-held companies and serves on the Advisory Council of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Tim and his wife Peg live in Cambridge, Mass, and have two daughters, Katie ’13 and Haley.