Timothy A. Barrows '79, P '13

Tim joined the Board of Trustees in July 2015 after several years of service to the college—as a member of the board’s Investment Committee, as well as his 25th Reunion Fund committee, and as an associate class agent.Tim Barrows

Growing 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. At Williams, Tim played freshman hockey and served as a Junior Advisor. During Winter Study and the spring semester of his sophomore year he participated in a special program in New York City, living in Hell’s Kitchen with a small group of Williams students and a political science professor. They took classes together and were active in the local neighborhood association, and Tim worked in Brooklyn Family Court alongside a lawyer and a social services provider.

Tim majored in political economy and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation he went into investment banking at Merrill Lynch White Weld, and then earned an MBA from Stanford University. In 1984 he joined Matrix Partners, a venture capital firm that invests in technology startups.

Today he’s a managing partner at Matrix, where as a lead investor and board member, he has supported and mentored many entrepreneurs and first-time CEOs across a range of technology sectors. He has been a founding investor in and advised dozens of companies, many of which have gone on to successful acquisitions or initial public offerings. He is currently a director of a number of privately held companies.

Tim also organized and oversees his firm’s international efforts in China and India with teams located in Beijing, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Bangalore.

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