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Keith Geeslin joined Francisco Partners as a Partner in January 2004, and focuses primarily on investments in the communications and hardware systems sectors.

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 Allston Trading, CommVault Systems (NASD:CVLT), and Synaptics (NASD:SYNA).


M.S. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University
M.S. in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University
B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University


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“I have had the good fortune to work with FP in several different contexts: as a working partner doing two acquisitions, as an investor in my company, and as a member of my board. They were instrumental in our most significant acquisition that more than doubled the value of the company. I was most impressed by their representation on the board and their day to day willingness to work at all levels in building a more valuable company.”
Brian NeSmith, President & CEO Blue Coat Systems