I’ve built my career in the technology industry partnering with founders—as a colleague, investor, and acquirer. I’ve been fortunate to work with outstanding teams building large and ambitious platforms, including:
GV (Google Ventures)
I joined GV as a General Partner on the investing team in early 2018. We are a large scale venture firm funded by Alphabet and invest in a wide range of companies, from life sciences to consumer to enterprise to agriculture technology to infrastructure.
I co-founded #ANGELS, an angel investing collective, in early 2015. Together with my founding partners, we’ve collectively invested in nearly 100 start-ups across a wide range of industries. My portfolio includes enterprise software companies like Gusto, healthcare companies like Forward and Color, crypto companies like Coinbase, consumer companies like Literati, hardware companies like Eero, and many more still under wraps. In addition to investing, we run an #ANGELS Access program to get more women on the cap tables of successful start-ups and have published widely covered research on the gender equity gap in tech, which we refer to as #TheGapTable. Our work has been covered in the WSJ, NYTimes, Bloomberg, USA Today, and more.
I spent nearly nine years at Twitter helping grow the company from a start-up of 34 people to a global platform and profitable business. As VP of Corporate Development & Strategy I co-ran a team responsible for all global M&A and cross-functional strategy projects at the company. I spent the vast majority of that time working with entrepreneurs and leading dozens of acquisitions, including Vine, Periscope, Crashlytics, MagicPony, TweetDeck, Cover and many more. I’ve negotiated many complicated and competitive deals of various sizes and structures in the US and abroad. The heart of this work, however, has been partnering with founders in the critical junctures of building breakout companies.
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
When I’m not working from an office, coffee shop, or on an airplane, I’m recharging outside, preferably on a trail run in the Marin Headlands. I’ve completed ultra-marathons in the Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest and I’m currently training for the Miwok 100k in 2019. I’m honored to serve on the board of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (GGNPC) and give back to the public parks that have been a gift in my life. The GGNPC is a non-profit dedicated to supporting the iconic park lands of the Bay Area, including Muir Woods, Crissy Field, the Marin Headlands, Alcatraz, Lands End and beyond. Their mission: Parks. For All. Forever.
For more updates and the occasional running photo, the best place to keep up with me is on Twitter, @jess.