Jerry joined inovia capital in July 2018 as an Associate. Jerry was previously an Associate with W Capital Partners in New York, a leading direct secondary fund focused on growth VC investments in pre-IPO technology companies, and served as an Observer on the board of Vancouver-based Vision Critical, during which time the company acquired inovia portfolio company Pressly. Prior to W Capital Partners, Jerry worked as an investment banking Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Industrials group. He graduated with honors from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Economics.
I joined inovia capital because I saw a group of very intelligent individuals with skill sets complementary to my own, driving toward a collective goal with contagious energy. When presented with the opportunity to join such a team, the only option is to run full speed ahead.
I grew up in Michigan, in an area with heavy ties to the birth of the American auto industry. The way upstarts like Waymo and Tesla have disrupted the space and pushed the large automakers to adapt is a great reminder that innovation is the key to remaining competitive.
I do this work because I believe the benefits of technological advancements can spread far beyond their intended use-cases and impact society in innumerable ways. I want to help companies mature to a point where they can consistently drive value to their customers while exploring opportunities that expand their stakeholder base.
The most overlooked skill in business is teamwork. Behind every successful, charismatic founder is an effective and talented team. When the proper team is in place, individual skills like leadership, design, sales efficacy, and outright tenacity synergize and enable businesses to tackle any challenge.
I believe that the future is always there, in a tangle of infinite potentials. It is our duty to maximize our potential today to initiate change and foster opportunities for those who will live tomorrow.