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November 14, 2016
After roughly two decades in and around the venture capital
business and participating in more than 80 transactions,
Jalak Jobanputra has a good feel for cycles.
In the recent slowdown she sees a rationalization of the
market from before, when too many ideas got funded, and
that amounts to a refreshing period for venture
capital. Jobanputra, 44, is the founding partner of
Future Perfect Ventures, a New Yorkbased firm with a
financial-inclusion and social-impact bent and a portfolio that
includes several cryptocurrency and blockchain companies, which
she believes hold a key to improved efficiency and transparency
in financial services. One of her first investments after
founding FPV in 2014 was in a $30 million Series A round for
Blockchain Luxembourg, a hub for Bitcoin news and information
that includes a continuous view of the blockchain. Among the
investments that followed: digital wallet and remittance
servicer Abra, African blockchain-powered payment system
BitPesa, and Fusemachines, a developer of sales and customer
service systems based on machine learning and natural-language
processing. Born to Indian parents in Nairobi, Kenya,
Jobanputra was five when her family moved to New Jersey and
spent her formative years attending the School of American
Ballet, the feeder school of the New York City Ballet. By her
midteens, after an accumulation of physical injuries, she
decided that pro dancing was not in the cards. An
English major at the University of Pennsylvania, she took a
Wharton School economics course on a dare from her freshman
dorm mates. Four years later she graduated with a
bachelors degree in finance from Wharton and another in
communications from the Annenberg School for Communication; in
1999 she earned an MBA from Northwestern Universitys
Kellogg School of Management. Since 1999 she has worked at
Intel Capital in Silicon Valley; at New Venture Partners,
investing in technologies coming out of corporate labs; and at
the New York City Investment Fund, now the Partnership Fund for
New York City, where she helped launch the FinTech Innovation
Maria Gotsch, No. 12). Just before starting FPV, Jobanputra
was director of mobile investments at Omidyar Network, a
philanthropic-oriented investment firm co-created by eBay
founder Pierre Omidyar.
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