Jalak Jobanputra

Jalak Jobanputra is an American businesswomen and entrepreneur. She founded the early-stage venture capital fund, FuturePerfect Ventures in 2014.[2] Prior to founding the fund, Jobanputra served as a director at Omidyar Network and as a senior vice president at the New York City Investment Fund.[3]

Jalak Jobanputra
Jalak Jobanputra in 2018.jpg
Jobanputra in 2018
NationalityAmerican
Alma materKellogg School of Management[1]
OccupationInvestor, entrepreneur
Years active1997-current
Known forFounder and founding partner at FuturePerfect Ventures

Education and careerEdit

 
Jobanputra in 2019

Jobanputra received her BA from the Annenberg School for Communication and her BSE from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania. She then completed her MBA at the Kellogg School of Management in 1999.[4]

After completing her MBA, Jobanputra began working as an investor for Intel Capital until 2003. In 2005, while serving as a principal at the fund, New Venture Partners, she founded Real Time Content, a personalized video ad platform company, and served as interim CEO.[5][6] In 2008, while serving as the senior vice president of the New York City Investment Fund,[7][8] she helped to form the NYCSeed fund aimed at funding tech startups.[5] In 2012, after serving as director of mobile investments at Pierre Omidyar's fund, Omidyar Network, Jobanputra joined RTP Ventures as a managing director.[9]

In 2014, Jobanputra founded the venture capital fund, FuturePerfect Ventures, one of the first funds worldwide to invest in nascent blockchain technology. The fund has invested in a number of notable companies including Abra, BitPesa, Everledger, Blockchain, Blockstream, Token, Current, and Maven. [10]

Jobanputra was awarded Institutional Investor’s Most Powerful Fintech Dealmakers from 2016-2018. In May 2018, Jobanputra was awarded Microsoft’s VC Trailblazer Award for “her early and bold” investments in the sector. She has been listed as a 100 Most Influential Fintech Leader of 2016 and 2017 based on her investment strategy at FPV. In 2017, she was cited as a “Top 5 Investor Powering the Blockchain Boom” and Crunchbase noted FPV as one of the top VC funds in blockchain “before it was cool.” [11] In 2015, she was selected to be a member of the Broadband Task Force, an initiative to bring internet to the low-income communities within New York City created by the Mayor, Bill de Blasio.[12]

Jobanputra has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Business Insider, Yahoo Finance, Refinery29 and Fox Business News.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jalak Jobanputra: Executive Profile". Bloomberg.
  2. ^ Majewski, Taylor (June 30, 2016). "These 17 Women are Shaping Venture Capital in NYC". Built in NYC. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  3. ^ Smith, Jack (August 15, 2014). "Jalak Jobanputra: The Barefoot VC on Bitcoin, Mobile Technology and Silicon Alley". Obsesrver. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  4. ^ Ravanona, Anne (October 30, 2015). "Trailblazing Women: Jalak Jobanputra, Founder/Managing Partner of Future\Perfect Ventures". Huffington Post. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Polge, Romain (August 19, 2014). "A New York VC Spotlight:Jalak Jobanputra". AlleyWatch. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  6. ^ "Jalak Jobanputra". Business Insider. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  7. ^ Shieber, Johnathan (July 4, 2014). "FuturePerfect Ventures is a Small Fund Launched to Back Applications for Big Data". TechCrunch. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  8. ^ Tiku, Nitasha (March 7, 2012). "Jalak Jobanputra, RTP Ventures New Managing Director, Talks About Russian Billionaire Leonid Boguslavsky's $120 M. Fund". Observer. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  9. ^ Ruth, Joao-Pierre (March 14, 2012). "Q&A: RTP Ventures' Jalak Jobanputra Weighs in on New $120m Fund". Xconomy. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  10. ^ https://futureperfectventures.com/
  11. ^ https://futureperfectventures.com/
  12. ^ Bhuiyan, Johana (April 9, 2015). "NYC Mayor's Office Pushes For Universal Broadband With Three New Initiatives". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  13. ^ Loeb, Steven (June 11, 2016). "Meet Jalak Jobanputra, Founder of Future\Perfect Ventures". Vator. Retrieved September 14, 2016.