Cryptocurrency: How It Will Play a Role in Our Future
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Founding Partner, Future\Perfect Ventures
Jalak Jobanputra is Founder and General Partner of Future\Perfect Ventures (FPV), an early-stage venture capital fund investing in decentralized technology with a focus on cryptoassets and blockchain technology. FPV’s portfolio includes Abra, Blockstream, Aza, Everledger, The Graph Protocol, Curio, Current and Blockchain.com.
Jobanputra was awarded Institutional Investor’s Most Powerful Fintech Dealmakers from 2016 to 2018. In May 2018, she was awarded Microsoft’s VC Trailblazer Award for “her early and bold” investments in the sector. She has been listed as a 100 Most Influential Fintech Leader of 2016 and 2017 based on her investment strategy at FPV. In 2017, she was cited as a “Top 5 Investor Powering the Blockchain Boom” and Crunchbase noted FPV as one of the top VC funds in blockchain “before it was cool.” Since founding the firm, she has spoken on blockchain technology, IoT, and artificial intelligence at many global conferences, including the Milken Global Institute, Dutch Development Bank/FMO Annual Meeting, and The Economist Buttonwood Gathering.
Prior to FPV, Jobanputra was the Director of Emerging Market Mobile Investments at Omidyar Network, a philanthrocapitalist fund started by Pierre Omidyar, co-founder of eBay. Previously, she worked at Intel Capital investing in enterprise software in Silicon Valley from 1999 to 2003, as well as New Venture Partners and the NYC Investment Fund where she formed one of NYC’s first seed funds and helped establish the Fintech Innovation Lab in 2010.
She started her career as a media/tech/telecom investment banker 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 she is on the Board of Directors for the Center for an Urban Future, Advisory Board of L’Oreal’s Women in Digital Initiative, a member of Mayor DeBlasio’s Broadband Taskforce, and a former Access to Capital Committee member of the U.S. Secretary of State Clinton Women’s Leadership Council. Jobanputra is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Science in Economics (concentration in Finance) from The Wharton School and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the Annenberg School. She received her Master of Business from Kellogg in 1999.