Meet Jo

I am a husband and a father to four children. I love my family.

My other job is I help build ventures. I work as a VC with entrepreneurs on their tech start-ups and began doing so in 1998. My job is my hobby and is my passion. I know I am lucky.

I work at a venture capital firm called Kepha Partners.  We focus on early-stage investing. I love working with my colleagues and our companies. Since starting Kepha, I now am also an entrepreneur.

Why this blog? The first reason is personal. After reading a biography of Steve Jobs, I realized that a blog would be a great way to share with my children what I do. And, after I have died, it hopefully can contain memories, observations, and lessons learned that they will find valuable. So, I write for them.

The second is for entrepreneurs. We work with great founders, some of whom have created billions of dollars of value, and we have a team with over 50 years of operating experience and over 30 years in venture capital. Our perspective may be helpful to entrepreneurs. So, I write for them, too.

What I do for fun: fly-fishing, reading, skiing, technology, exercise, and working with entrepreneurs.

7 thoughts on “Meet Jo

  1. Hi Jo,

    I like that Kepha’s website says ‘we are not like other VCs who wait for proven teams, product etc’.

    Are you open to invest in virtual reality?

    We have good traction – 3 pilot users, one of which is a $4bn medical device company. I put in $155k of my own money and we have 2 angel investors with a combined $28k.

    Previously, I built a Free Trade Zone business that earns $2.3 mn annual revenue and $406k annual profit. Went from 4 to 90 employees in 2.5 years – a feat in the logistics industry.

    Let me know if you are open to chat.

    Best, Ridhima Parvathaneni

    1. Thank you for writing. Unfortunately, we don’t have any expertise in the VR space, and so, we are not a fit for this investment. I wish to you all the best with the financing.

  2. Hi Jo, I’m currently a product development manager at a publicly traded robotic company in Boston. Previously I have been in digital marketing/ecommerce for the same company in China. And before that, I was in innovation product/service development consulting in China. I’m deeply passionate about technology, innovation, and people. Just like you, I want to keep my job as one of my favorite hobbies. I believe I’m an entrepreneur at heart and a elevation catalyst in action. While doing my EMBA study at Columbia business school, I want to start to switch to be a VC. Any advice you can give me?

    Thanks,
    Violet

  3. Hi Jo,

    Kudos to you for supporting entrepreneurs and job creation.

    I am writing from Atlanta, GA, to request you to please provide me the opportunity to email you the business plan of iLendworthy (digital lending for microbusinesses, skill finance, and mini-personal loans for India’s underserved Digital Young). India’s Digital finance is a $700 billion opportunity, and we will work hard to make iLendworthy spur profit/growth with public good. We need your help through pre-seed capital and mentoring to make this happen. Our business plan provides relevant details.

    Please feel free to connect with me as per your convenience. My email: [email protected]

    Thank you for your time and assistance. Means a lot to me.

    Sincerely,

    Pushpendra Mehta

  4. Hey Jo,

    My name is Jim Jannuzzio, I’m a senior at the University of Delaware who’s in Boston for the week (12/16). We have synergies both work related (e-commerce), and hobby related (fishing), although I have to say salt water fishing>>>fresh water fishing. We need to get you out there fishing for the marlin!

    Please let me know if you’re free this week for coffee. I don’t use WordPress, so here’s the best way to reach me if interested: [email protected]

    Looking forward to a discussion!

    All the best,
    Jim

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