VCJ Fact Sheet for Jennifer Fonstad
Born: November 27, 1965
Education: MBA from Harvard Business School (1997); B.S. cum laude from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (1988)
Career Path: Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson (1997-present); Project Manager, Planning Technologies Group (1995-1996); Project Manager, CA Ltd. (1991-1993) Associate Consultant, Bain and Co. (1989-1991); Math teacher, Khayega, Kenya (1988-1989).
Investments: Nantero; Troika Networks; Ipedo; SensAble Technologies; United Online; Saltare.com; eBenefits and Achex.
Other Affiliations: Pitch and his family are intensely involved in philanthropic and community activities, primarily in the Bay Area. He also has been active in alumni affairs at both Stanford and Harvard Business School, and served for over a decade as a trustee of the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District. Pitch is a long-time trustee of the San Francisco Opera and is its current board chairman.
<p . Investment Philosophy: Investing in talented technologists focused on building a great business.
Favorite Book: The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Favorite Movie: The Matrix
Favorite Travel Spot: Under the olive trees at The Alhambra in Granada, Spain.
Favorite Food: Waffling between frozen yogurt and burritos.
Hobbies: Mountain biking, skiing, reading Green Eggs and Ham to my daughter.
Most Admired Historical Figure: Abraham Lincoln
Did you Know? A one-time Kauffman fellow, Jennifer has written columns for Red Herring, Industry Standard and Cnet.
Favorite Quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us. You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the World. There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel unsure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. As we let our Light shine, we unconsciously give other people the permission to do the same.”–From Nelson Mandela’s Inaugural speech, 1994.
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