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The 2016 Fintech Finance 35: Jalak Jobanputra

No. 33 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.

33. Jalak Jobanputra
Founding Partner
Future Perfect Ventures

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 York–based 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 bachelor’s degree in finance from Wharton and another in communications from the Annenberg School for Communication; in 1999 she earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s 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 Lab (see 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.

The 2016 Fintech Finance 35

1. Jonathan Korngold
General Atlantic
2. Matthew Harris
Bain Capital Ventures
3. Jane Gladstone
Evercore Partners
4. James Robinson III & James
Robinson IV
RRE Ventures
5. Steven McLaughlin
Financial Technology Partners
6. Amy Nauiokas & Sean Park
Anthemis Group
7. Richard Garman &
Brad Bernstein
FTV Capital
8. Gerard
von Dohlen
Broadhaven Capital Partners
9. Darren Cohen
Goldman Sachs Group
10. Hans Morris
Nyca Partners
11. Meyer (Micky) Malka
Ribbit Capital
12. Maria Gotsch
Partnership Fund for New York City
13. Barry Silbert
Digital Currency Group
14. Jay Reinemann
Propel Venture Partners
15. Mariano Belinky
Santander InnoVentures
16. Justin Brownhill & Neil DeSena
SenaHill Partners
17. François Robinet
AXA Strategic Ventures
18. Vanessa Colella
Citi Ventures
19. Michael Schlein
Accion International
20. Kenneth Marlin
Marlin & Associates
21. Rumi Morales
CME Ventures
22. Alastair (Alex) Rampell
Andreessen Horowitz
23. Steve Gibson
Euclid Opportunities
24. Fabian Vandenreydt
25. Vladislav Solodkiy
26. Gardiner Garrard III
TTV Capital
27. Nektarios Liolios
Startupbootcamp Fintech
28. Lawrence Wintermeyer
Innovate Finance
29. Bina Kalola
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
30. Hyder Jaffrey
Fintech Innovation
31. Calvin Choi
AMTD Group
32. Janos Barberis
Hong Kong
33. Jalak Jobanputra
Future Perfect Ventures
34. Sopnendu Mohanty
Monetary Authority of Singapore
35. Oskar Mielczarek
de la Miel
FinTech Fund

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