I am excited to announce that we are promoting Jeff Weinstein to Partner at FJ Labs!
Here at FJ Labs, we have always sought to build an intellectually diverse team that is obsessed with startups, founders, technology and the future of commerce. Spend just a couple of minutes with Jeff and you will transform into a “VentureBoi” yourself! He exudes a contagious passion for entrepreneurship and eats, sleeps and breathes venture capital.
Jeff’s connections to FJ go back over a decade, when he first met our venture partner Guimar at an undergrad entrepreneurship conference. Fast forward five years when we started to grow FJ Labs into an institutional fund, and a serendipitous reunion led to Jeff joining us in Spring 2017.
Prior to joining FJ, Jeff spent four years at Lux Capital, where he learned firsthand how to build and scale a world-class, institutional venture fund. This unique set of skills and experience has made Jeff an integral part of the FJ Labs team. Prior to that, he studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and spent two years working at the hedge fund Dunbar Capital.
Jeff now co-heads the investment team at FJ with our Partner Arne, and manages our external LP fundraising efforts. During his 4.5 years with us, he has led more than 150 of our investments and has helped us scale into an institutional venture platform with over $500M of AUM ($300M+ from prominent institutional, family office and corporate LPs).
Jeff has spearheaded many of our fintech and proptech investments, serving as a board observer for our incubations Properly and Mundi, and leading our investments in e-commerce rollup startups globally like Razor Group, Valoreo, Dwarfs.io and more. Jeff also worked closely with Jose to opportunistically restructure our investment in Brazil’s #2 online travel agency Viajanet, and has become our resident “SPACboi” – I recommend you watch his Playing with Unicorns presentations on SPACs: What’s the Deal with SPACs and So You Want to Launch a SPAC?
Constantly curious, Jeff has continued to develop his knowledge of venture investing by joining Class 24 of the prestigious Kauffman Fellows Program. He published research w/ our associate Luke on Opportunity Funds, directly informing the strategy and structure of our new Archangel Fund.
Outside of FJ, Jeff is a competitive runner for the Central Park Track Club. He has run a pretty insane 2:30 marathon and 4:05 mile (but still needs improvement in his tennis and Starcraft). He is a loving husband and new dad to Annie, and always brings life to the party… no FJ dance floor is the same without him 🙂
We are excited to bring Jeff into the partnership at FJ Labs, and look forward to scaling the firm with him for many years to come.