Jalak Jobanputra is founding partner of FuturePerfect Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund based in New York City. She has invested in over 80 early stage companies over the past 15 years, resulting in several multibillion-dollar acquisitions and IPOs. She has over 20 years’ experience in digital media, enterprise software, broadband infrastructure, healthcare IT, edtech, fintech, and mobile and has invested throughout the world.
Previously, Jalak was a director at Omidyar Network, managing mobile investments in emerging markets, and senior vice president at the New York City Investment Fund, where she launched a seed tech fund and the Fintech Innovation Lab. She was also at Intel Capital in Silicon Valley from 1999 to 2003, on the founding team of a web startup in 1997, and a tech/media/telecom investment banker at Lehman Brothers in New York City and London.
Jalak has served on multiple advisory boards for the White House, the New York City Mayor’s Office, and the US State Department and serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for an Urban Future. She is a frequent contributor to CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Business Insider, Quartz, and Fox Business News. She can be reached via her blog, The Barefoot VC, or on Twitter at @jalak.