Jalak Jobanputra is Founding Partner of Future\Perfect Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund in NYC focused on next-generation technology such as blockchain and machine learning. FPV’s portfolio includes Abra, Open Garden, Blockstream, Bitpesa, FuseMachines, Everledger and Blockchain. Jalak was awarded Institutional Investor’s Top Fintech Dealmakers in 2017 and 2016. In 2017, she was cited as a “Top 5 Investor Powering the Blockchain Boom” and CB Insights noted FPV as one of the top VC funds in blockchain “before it was cool”. In Spring 2018, Jalak received the Microsoft Top VC Trailblazer Award for her “valuable contribution to the blockchain community” and was appointed to the American Banker Advisory Board. Since founding the firm, she has spoken on blockchain technology at many global conferences, including the Milken Global Institute, Dutch Development Bank/FMO annual meeting, and The Economist Buttonwood Gathering. Additionally, Jalak is the Founder of Collective Future, a global initiative to foster diversity, inclusion, and education in the blockchain sector. 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 1999-2003, 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). She is on the Board of Directors for the Center for an Urban Future, Advisory Board of L’Oreal’s Women in Digital Initiative, member of Mayor DeBlasio’s Broadband Taskforce, and former Access to Capital Committee member of the US Secretary of State Clinton Women’s Leadership Council. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with a B.S. in Economics (concentration in Finance) from The Wharton School and a B.A. in Communications from the Annenberg School. She received her MBA from Kellogg in 1999. Her full bio can be found here, and she has been active on twitter since 2007 at @jalak.
Andrea conceived and was the founding director of the Delaware Blockchain Initiative which gave rise to the “Blockchain Amendments” to Delaware’s General Corporation Law. MarketsMedia awarded Andrea its 2017 Women in Finance Award for Excellence in Blockchain. Prior to joining the State of Delaware Andrea was Vice President, Business Development and Assistant General Counsel of Corporation Service Company (CSC), where she developed new products and services, including the popular, “Delaware Laws Governing Business Entities” book series. She also managed litigation, advised senior managers, and developed legal policies for the company. Before CSC, Andrea was a litigation attorney in the Wilmington office of Pepper Hamilton.
Sandra is the Founder & Managing Director of Vector Crypto Capital LLC, the Managing Partner & COO at UWINCorp (Unleashing Wealth in Nations), and the CEO of Global Blockchain Business Council. At UWINCorp, Sandra is working on an asset registry services and trading marketplace blockchain project focusing on physical commodity markets. She brings over 15 years of global capital markets, derivatives and market infrastructure experience. She is the former Executive Director, Head of Digitization at CME Group. Sandra founded and was responsible for the firm’s digital assets and blockchain / distributed ledger technology (DLT) initiatives, including bitcoin futures and index pricing prices. Previously as Head of Foreign Exchange (FX) and Metals Research and Product Development, she was responsible for the global development of CME Group’s FX and Metals solutions for listed and cleared OTC products. Sandra holds directorships/founding memberships on several industry boards including Mauritius Blockchain Center of Excellence (MBCE), Avar Robotics (industrial robotics), AlphaPoint (crypto trading/ blockchain), Ohanae (identity & data encryption), SendFriend (remittance start-up), and others. Recently, Sandra has accepted and joined the US State Department’s Speakers Bureau as a blockchain technology expert.