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Vice President - Investing Team

Jump Capital

Jump Capital

Full-time
Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Jump Capital is an early-stage venture capital firm based in Chicago.

We are thesis-led investors with a deep conviction that you must have a depth of understanding within microsegments of sectors to be effective, good partners. Our software-focused portfolio is global and diversified across thematic areas that include Fintech, Vertical and Application SaaS, Cybersecurity, and Compliance.

Behind each investment are brilliant people reimagining, innovating, and challenging ideas. Our differentiation as a firm lies in how we approach relationships with these brilliant founders. We are engaged partners with a strong orientation toward collaboration and a team-based approach, from investment decisions to supporting founders.

As we enter our 11th year and invest out of our 7th($350mm) fund, we are adding to our team.

What we are looking for

The VP plays a central role in evaluating new opportunities, building investment theses, and supporting portfolio companies. The ideal candidate will identify high-potential companies based on thesis development (what we believe about a specific market) and relationship development (getting to know the best founders). This person will also play a key role in the diligence and decision process, and work with our portfolio companies to ensure their success.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Full-stack sourcing and deal execution – above all else, this role is foundational to Jump’s relationship development and investment process
    • Outreach and ongoing communication with founders and CEOs
    • Identifying and nurturing relationships with other Seed/Series-A investors
    • Evaluation of investment opportunities and conducting due diligence
  • Perform comprehensive and in-depth investment theses research and maintain relationships with subject matter experts
    • Build a unique perspective supported by strong quantitative analysis balanced with insights from subject matter experts
    • Nurture and maintain an expert network of founders, investors, and practitioners in established thesis areas

Founder Engagement:

  • Own the relationship with founders that you have invested behind, engage with them frequently and be exceptionally contemporary on the founders’ priorities and the company’s performance
  • Either as a member or observer, be highly engaged and contribute to board meetings
  • Executing new and follow-on financings, including deal structuring and financial modeling
  • Act as a conduit to Jump’s platform team to assist portfolio companies across talent, go-to-market strategy, sales execution, strategic finance, and corporate development

Network and Market Development:

  • Be a content creator and contributor through Jump’s podcast, blog, and social channels
  • Support marketing efforts to enhance Jump Capital’s brand and visibility through participation in panels and events
  • Look for opportunities to engage with the entrepreneurial community and represent Jump Capital across industry sectors and geographies

Qualifications:

  • Passion for working with early-stage companies, great instincts, and a unique perspective
  • We are looking for candidates that are curious and eager to understand how evolving industries create opportunity for new technology and to imagine the business models that will thrive in those future markets
  • Ideal candidates will have a least 3+ years of work experience
  • Strong communications skills are a must
  • The ideal candidate will possess an energetic, outgoing, and authentic personality
  • Preferably experience in Strategy Consulting, Investment Banking, or Venture Capital
  • Individuals with experience in Product, Engineering, or other operating functions within a high-growth tech startup are also welcome
  • Experience in financial modeling and data analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and apply initiative and creativity on projects
  • You must be a self-starter, have a strong analytic backbone, and be comfortable expressing your point-of-view
  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Business, Economics, or Computer Science preferred but not required

Jump Culture:

  • We are a meritocracy
  • We take our work very seriously but not ourselves
  • We have our convictions, but we’re good listeners
  • We celebrate our wins and learn from the losses
  • We try very hard to put ourselves in our founders’ shoes

Please note the location of the position is in Chicago.