Founding Partner, Future\Perfect Ventures
Jalak Jobanputra is Founding Partner of Future\Perfect Ventures, a venture capital fund in NYC focused on early stage investments in next generation technology including blockchain and machine learning. Before founding Future\Perfect Ventures in 2013, Jobanputra was the Director of Mobile Investments in Emerging Markets at Omidyar Network. She has 20 years experience in venture capital, impact investing, media and technology. She was previously Senior Vice President at the New York City Investment Fund (NYCIF), a private economic development fund, where she managed the fund’s technology and digital media venture investments. While there, Jobanputra spearheaded the formation NYCSeed in 2008, and helped launch the FinTech Innovation Lab, which has since been replicated in London and Hong Kong. Jobanputra worked closely with the Bloomberg administration and NYCEDC to implement initiatives to help diversify the NYC economy through NYC’s growing tech/digital sectors. Prior to NYCIF, she was a Principal at New Venture Partners, a $300 million early stage venture fund that commercialized technology out of corporate labs. At NVP, Jobanputra incubated a range of technologies, including speech recognition/NLP, 3D displays, video surveillance, 4G wireless broadband, and music recommendation software.
From 1999- 2003, Jobanputra was at Intel Capital in Silicon Valley, where she invested in enterprise software, internet and digital media startups. In 1997 in NYC, in the early days of Silicon Alley, she launched and managed product development for online financial information startup Horsesmouth, where she also learned to code and help build a content recommendation engine. She began her career in media, telecom and tech investment banking at Lehman Brothers and Broadview in NYC and London. Jobanputra currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Center for an Urban Future, Advisory Board of Loreal’s Women in Digital Initiative, is a member of Mayor DeBlasio’s Broadband Taskforce, and served on Secretary Clinton’s Women’s Leadership Council. Jobanputra 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. Her blog The Barefoot VC has repeatedly been cited as a Top 10 investor blog in several publications and she is a frequent guest on Bloomberg TV, CBNC and Fox Business news.