Jacob has 14 years of experience building technology startups – both as a venture capital partner and as an entrepreneur. He is a serial founder who most recently before Shasta built an AI-powered software platform for the M&A industry, Exitround.com. Previously, he built out a B2B developer platform program at Microsoft called BizSpark. At Shasta, Jacob focuses on investment in Smart Software for the enterprise specializing in applications of Artifical Intelligence (AI), Computer Vision and Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality.
He believes that technology enables new paradigms and business models and he sits on the Boards of Camera IQ, Threekit, Unblockable and Big Box. He is Board Observer at Skilljar, Deep Sentinel, RDMD, and Tandem, and leads the Shasta Camera Fund initiative which is a seed-stage investment initiative focused on applied Computer Vision.
Jacob has been an amazing partner for Threekit since the first day we met him. His depth of knowledge and expertise in our specific sector is true value add for us. He actively helps us think through go to market strategy, product positioning and navigating the overall market – we’re extremely happy to have him on our team.
– Joachim Klein, President & COO ThreeKit
An active community organizer, Jacob regularly conducts VC industry networking events. He is a sought-after speaker at technology conferences and the author of a popular weekly industry newsletter. He was named a Kauffman Fellow, selected as one of the top tier investors for the two-year elite leadership program. Jacob holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Yale University.
“Jacob has been a supporter since before day 0, and I love what he’s building out with the Shasta Camera Fund portfolio. New camera startups should make Jacob your first call.” – Matt Miesnieks, CEO, 6D.ai