Jacob has 15 years of experience building technology startups √¢¬Ä¬ì both as a venture capital partner and as an entrepreneur. He is a serial founder who most recently built an AI-powered software platform for the M&A industry called Exitround. Previously, he built out a B2B developer platform program at Microsoft called BizSpark. At Shasta, Jacob focuses on investments in SaaS applications broadly, with a particular focus in Applied Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision and Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality. Jacob holds a Bachelor√¢¬Ä¬ôs degree in Political Science from Yale University. Jacob is a Kauffman Fellow alumnus of Class 22, and is a co-founding Board Member of LatinxVC, which enables career development of Latinos and Latinas in Venture Capital.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Jacob earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Yale University; if he were to do it again, he would have studied music, French, and some computer science. He spent the better part of his junior year living and studying in Nantes, France, and enjoys speaking French when he has the opportunity. Jacob is the co-founder and chairman of the Beverly Mullins Memorial Scholarship, a needs-based scholarship for re-entry single parents doing full-time undergraduate study at UC Berkeley.
Jacob served his fellowship at Shasta Ventures as a member of Class 22. His mentor was Shasta Co-Founder and Managing Director Rob Coneybeer (Class 2).