Jalak has over 15 years experience in venture capital, technology and digital media and has been a supporter of entrepreneurship globally. Currently Senior Vice President at the New York City Investment Fund (NYCIF) where she oversees technology and digital media venture investments, Jalak spearheaded the formation of NYCSeed in 2008, a seed fund dedicated to funding early stage tech entrepreneurs in NYC, and sits on its Investment Committee. She is a current investor in outside.in, Imagespan, Thumbplay, TXVia, Partsearch and Marketing Technology Solutions.
Prior to NYCIF, she was a Principal at New Venture Partners, a $300 million early stage venture fund. At NVP, she founded and served as interim CEO of Real Time Content (spun out of British Telecom) and was a Director of Procelerate Technologies, a SaaS workflow management tool for the aerospace industry. She also incubated a range of other technologies, including speech recognition/NPL, 3D displays, 4G wireless broadband, and music recommendation software. From 1999-2003, Jalak was at Intel Capital in Silicon Valley, where she oversaw enterprise software/infrastructure, internet, and digital media investments, including Demantra (sold to Oracle), Extricity (sold to Peregrine), Viacore (sold to IBM), Yodlee and Zinio. She was on the launch team of online financial research startup Horsesmouth in the early days of Silicon Alley in 1996, and began her career in media, telecom and tech investment banking at Lehman and Broadview in NYC and London.
Jalak has invested, and traveled extensively, in India, Europe, Africa, East Asia and Latin America. She is also active in supporting education reform and social entrepreneurship and serves on boards of Achievement First Bushwick Charter School (Brooklyn) and Echoing Green, and has consulted for the Big Picture and Fenway charter schools in New England as well as Jobs for the Future. She is a member of the NYC Leadership Council for YearUp, a professional training program for urban young adults. Jalak spent four months setting up microfinance programs and training women entrepreneurs in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania after receiving her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in 1999. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Communications from the Annenberg School and a BSE in Finance from the Wharton School. She is a member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), Advisory Board of Astia NYC, the Wharton Private Equity Network, Kellogg Entrepreneurs, is a frequent speaker and judge at entrepreneur and venture conferences, and is on the advisory board of several startups worldwide.