Jacob Brody

New York, NY

Jacob Brody

New York, NY

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Hi, I’m Jacob Brody. I advise corporate clients and invest in entrepreneurs where we have overlapping values and I provide a complimentary skill-set/network. I am currently an advisor to Vast Ventures, Descartes Labs and Abra while investing out of my own vehicle called Helpful Capital. Basically, founders, corporate executives and investors like me because I'm a helpful, honest and happy guy.

I previously Co-Founded Benny, a freelancer finance and insurance startup backed by GV, Expansion VC, WGI and others. Before that, as a Founding Partner at MESA Ventures, I backed 30+ companies across consumer, hardware, adtech, fintech, and enterprise software. Portfolio investments include Ringly, ​Triple Lift, ​Tala, Fitstar (acquired by Fitbit), Abra, Grand St (acquired by Etsy), Gem, Seedling and ​Nativo.

In a previous life I was​ a reporter at Venturebeat and founded a non-profit helping entrepreneurs. In my free time I like to write nerd/startup themed raps. I'm a born and bred New Yorker, just like my wife Lauren.

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