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Jaclyn Hester

Foundry Group

Jaclyn enjoys all things venture. She works closely with early-stage venture capital fund managers and startup founders as they launch and scale their businesses.

Jaclyn is a Principal on Foundry Group's investment team and is active across the portfolio. She helped launch the firm's partner fund strategy and works closely with their partner fund managers, while also leading new fund investments. She has built an extensive network of early-stage venture capital investors across North America and loves helping emerging managers with fundraising, strategy, and firm-building. Jaclyn also helps manage the firm's direct investments, working with existing portfolio companies and making new investments, typically alongside Foundry's partner funds.

Prior to joining Foundry, Jaclyn practiced corporate law at Perkins Coie LLP and Baker & Hostetler LLP. As an attorney, she advised startups and private equity firms as well as buyers and sellers in M&A transactions. She also worked closely with her husband and his family on their SaaS startup, FareHarbor (acq'd by Booking.com), from the earliest stages through acquisition.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Jaclyn earned a JD/MBA from University of Colorado, Boulder, and a BBA from Emory University. During graduate school, she worked with founders and other entrepreneurial leaders in her role as Executive Director of Startup Colorado.

Jaclyn lives in Boulder with her husband and their two children (one daughter, one black lab). With Red Rocks in the summer and skiing in the winter, this East Coast native is thrilled to call Colorado home.

As a member of Class 25, Jaclyn is serving her fellowship at Foundry Group under the mentorship of Kara Nortman.