Our portfolio companies span a range of verticals, but they have one thing in common: they strive to eliminate waste. They create significant value out of under-utilized assets. They use precious resources efficiently, reduce overhead, empower individuals, put people to work and help communities grow. They enable more timely and relevant products and experiences, remove friction, and shorten the distance between supply and demand. They use cutting edge technology fueled by AI and deep data learning to re-invent disruption.
People expect instant gratification.
If something cannot be done on a smart phone then it cannot be done.
We want everything to be easy. One tap.
Social connections and ratings provide reputation and trust.
It’s now easy to connect based on specific mobile location.
Not your typical venture team. We’re a diverse team with
a vast set of complementary expertise rooted in entrepreneurial success. We have created and built companies that have been acquired for hundreds of millions of dollars. We’ve spotted the billion-dollar plus ‘unicorns’ with early investments in Uber and Salesforce.
With over 70 years combined experience, we bring ideas, guidance and support to our portfolio companies across a wide range of expertise including: Engineering, Sales, Marketing/PR, Science, Media/Entertainment, Law, Politics/Policy.
Prior to Structure Capital, Jillian was Founder of Broad Strategy, Manus Media and Global Goal Sports Management.
Earlier in her career, Jillian worked in banking and media, serving as M&A co-director of TMT for Credit Suisse Zurich, and later as Director of Development for Universal and Warner Bros. Studios. She became interested in technology investing after serving as Associate Publisher of Upside, a San Francisco-based business and technology magazine for venture capitalists.
Jillian chaired the Board of The Women’s Conference, where she joined California’s then First Lady Maria Shriver, to create the world’s largest conference addressing issues important to women. Jillian is an active philanthropist and sits on the boards of Stanford University Digital Health, Stanford University School of Medicine Board of Fellows, DukeEngage, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Advisory Board of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and Communities in Schools.
As a frequent global public speaker, Jillian provides business and political commentary at events and in the media, primarily for Bloomberg, Fox News and CNBC’s Squawk Box. Currently she serves as a co-host on the podcast The Pitch, which has been called “a better, more realistic version of Shark Tank.”
Jillian attended The University of Oxford and NYU, where she served on the Board of Trustees. She was named one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business 2016 by the San Francisco Business Times.
After selling the agency, he played leadership roles in technology and advisory roles for Dell, NASCAR, F1, NFL, Qualcomm and Pixar. He currently is an advisor to brands and early growth-stage companies, angel investor, and he first joined as a Director, Portfolio and LP Community, and Entrepreneur in Residence at Structure Capital, and now is a Partner for the fund. Jacob stepped in as Chief Technology Officer for Copia during the Y-Combinator W’16 batch, a portfolio company.
Jacob proudly has a daughter in tech, currently in University studying Computer Science and Mathematics.
The special sauce we offer our portfolio companies is a creative branding experience called Brand Camp. The talented team of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners (GSP) is our grand partner for Brand Camp, who is part of the Omnicom Group, the third largest global ad agency.
Together we distill, we craft, we create a truthful narrative of the brand, which is the foundation of the brand that these companies can build upon.
"It's Powerful, It Works, its Fast, It’s Fun. It’s the Future"
We look for founders who are fueled by ideas and ideals. They define success in terms of building value for investors, customers, employees, and their community. Both tenacious and empathetic, they’ll overcome any obstacle to succeed. These are the entrepreneurs that turn ideas into powerful brands with a purpose and a point of view.
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