Jalak Jobanputra is Founding Partner of Future\Perfect Ventures, an early stage venture capital
fund in NYC focused on next generation technology such as blockchain and machine learning.
FPV’s portfolio includes Abra, Open Garden, Blockstream, Bitpesa, FuseMachines, and
Blockchain. Jalak was recently awarded Institutional Investor’s Top 35 Fintech Dealmakers of
2016 and was also listed as a 100 Most Influential Fintech Leader of 2016 based on her
investment strategy at FPV. Since founding the firm, she has spoken on blockchain at many
global conferences, including the Milken Global Institute, Dutch Development Bank/FMO
annual meeting, and The Economist Buttonwood Gathering.
Before founding Future\Perfect Ventures, Jobanputra was the Director of Mobile Investments at
Omidyar Network, a philanthrocapitalist fund started by Pierre Omidyar, co-founder of eBay.
While there, she created a mobile investment strategy, invested in an East African mobile tech
incubator, invested in the fastest growing Indian mobile classified ad site, and closed Omidyar’s
largest for profit investment ($5M) to date in Latin America, a wireless company that created
credit profiles on unbanked middle income consumers using mobile data.
Jobanputra 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, a seed fund dedicated to funding early stage tech entrepreneurs in NYC, in response to a
market gap in seed funding at the time. She was also on the selection committee and served as a
mentor and speaker for NYCSeedStart, NYC’s first summer accelerator program, 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 and
served on Governor Paterson’s Small Business Taskforce. Her portfolio at NYCIF included
outside.in (acquired by AOL), Thumbplay (acquired by Clear Channel), Schoolnet (acquired by
Pearson) and TXVia (acquired by Google), in addition a debt instrument to Grameen America,
and seed investments in Magnetic, Ticketfly (acquired by Pandora), Enterproid (acquired by
Google) and SeatGeek.
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, she founded and served as
interim CEO of Real Time Content (spun out of British Telecom) in 2005, a personalized video
ad platform, and was a Director of Procelerate Technologies, a SaaS workflow management tool
for the aerospace industry. She also incubated a range of other 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, including
Demantra (sold to Oracle), Extricity (sold to Peregrine), Viacore (sold to IBM), R Systems
(IPO), Financial Engines (IPO), Yodlee (IPO) and Zinio. In 1997 in NYC, in the early days of
Silicon Alley, she launched and managed product development for online financial information
startup Horsesmouth. She began her career in media, telecom and tech investment banking at
Lehman Brothers and Broadview in NYC and London.
Jobanputra is also active in supporting education reform and social entrepreneurship. She served
as a Trustee of Achievement First Bushwick Charter Schools (Brooklyn) and sat on the
Executive Committee of the Social Investment Council of Echoing Green. She is on the Board of
Directors for the Center for an Urban Future, Advisory Board of L’Oreal’s Women in Digital
Initiative, member of Mayor DeBlasio’s Broadband Taskforce, and former Access to Capital
Subcommittee member of the US Secretary of State Women’s Leadership Council.
Jobanputra served on the NYC Downtown Alliance “LM” Leadership Committee, announced by
Mayor Bloomberg on Sept. 12, 2013, and served as a 2010 Mentor for the Unreasonable Institute
in Boulder, a summer accelerator for social entrepreneurs worldwide. In 2003, she took a
yearlong sabbatical from VC to consult on replication strategy for Gates Foundation funded
charter schools, including the Big Picture Company. 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.
Jobanputra was selected as an Outstanding 50 Asian American in Business in 2010 by the Asian
American Development Center. She was selected as a US State Department Delegate to
Indonesia in the summer of 2011, where she met with entrepreneurs, angel investors and
business leaders to promote tech entrepreneurship. In November 2012 she participated in an
Aspen Institute delegation to Amman, Jordan to meet with King Abdullah II, mideast
entrepreneurs and investors. Jobanputra has been asked to speak on entrepreneurship and
innovation ecosystems by the Obama White House and throughout the world, and has played a
leadership role in the tech community on immigration reform. Jobanputra is a regular
contributor on CNBC and BloombergTV and has been interviewed by MarketPlace Radio,
Forbes, SeekingAlpha and other national publications. She can be found at @jalak or on her blog
www.thebarefootvc.com (named a top 10 investor blog by several sources including Business