About Me

Bio for James Cohane


I am an executive with expertise in business development, strategic partnerships, and corporate development. I have been a part of successful, venture-backed early-stage and growth-stage companies in the B2B SaaS, B2B information services, and B2B marketplace industries.

Currently, I am a Director in KPMG’s Venture Capital practice, where I am responsible for establishing relationships with VC-backed tech and life sciences companies in New England.

Previously, I was responsible for business development and partnerships at Axial, a venture-backed B2B marketplace business.

Prior to Axial, I was VP of Business Development and Partnerships at InsightSquared, a venture-backed B2B SaaS company.

Prior to InsightSquared, I spent 7+ years at the Gerson Lehrman Group, a highly successful, venture-backed information services company. I had a couple of roles at the company, most recently as VP of Corporate Development. I also spent 3 years in a product management role.

Prior to Gerson Lehrman Group, I spent 3 years during the first dotcom bubble (1999 – 2002) as a M&A banker at Broadview, where I advised public and private tech companies.

Prior to Broadview, I spent 3 years as a consultant at Cambridge Associates.


I currently live in the Boston area.  I grew up in the Boston suburbs (Concord, MA) and – aside from a 7 year tour-of-duty in NYC in my 30’s – have lived in the Boston area for most of my life.

I did my undergrad at Harvard (class of ’96) and my MBA at Columbia (class of ’04).

I love being active (alpine skiing, saltwater fishing, hiking), cooking (I am learning), good food, good coffee and Boston sports (especially the Patriots ).