Prior to joining Francisco Partners, Keith spent 19 years in venture capital the Sprout Group. He joined Sprout in 1984, became a General Partner in 1988, and became Sprout's Managing Partner in 2000. Earlier in his career, he was the general manager of a division of Tymshare, Inc. and held various positions at its Tymnet subsidiary from 1980 to 1984. He was also previously a staff member of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee.
Keith serves on the board of directors of Cross Match Technologies, CommVault Systems (NASD:CVLT), Source Photonics, and Synaptics (NASD:SYNA).