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Jessica Alter

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Mentor, 500 Startups and Founder and CEO, FounderDating. Harvard Business School grad.

Mentor, 500 Startups and Founder and CEO, FounderDating. Harvard Business School grad.

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14 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Product
  • Ad Sales
I have an idea, but I'm open to others
Part-time now, full-time soon

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
  • • Product
  • • Ad Sales

Involved In

Founder

FounderDating
Formative Labs

Advisor

Tesla Motors
500 Startups

Side Projects

tesla

Positions

Mentor 500 Startups December 2010 - present
Founder and CEO FounderDating August 2009 - present
Founder and CEO Formative Labs January 2010 - June 2012
Business Development and General Manager, Platforms Bebo June 2008 - October 2009
Business Development and General Manager Bebo April 2007 - June 2008
Business Development Hands-On Mobile August 2006 - February 2007
Consultant, Strategy and Shareholder Value Groups Accenture August 2001 - June 2004

Education

Harvard Business School December 2004 - December 2006
University of Michigan Business December 1997 - December 2001

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
  • • UI/Design
Advisor With
  • • Content marketing
  • • SEO
  • • Product management
  • • Growth hacking
  • • Content strategy
Markets of Interest
  • • Commerce
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Healthcare
  • • Mobile
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Recruiting
  • • Video
  • • Fitness
  • • Quantified-self
  • • matching people
  • • entrepreneurship

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

Early employee at Bebo - business athlete (Biz Dev, Product, marketing, etc.) and then did some time at AOL. Had a failed startup and now run FounderDating.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Insane drive, ability to wear many hats simultaneously and just a love of solving problems.
I don't give up.

As an Advisor

I don't give up but I do ask hard questions

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Think Jessica is awesome?
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Ellen Dunne
They're my current cofounder  •  Currently at Nanigans (ad tech). Previously Product Lead, Lumatic (mobile app in mapping/navigation space). Obsessed with Lean UX.
She already is one!
Eric Marcoulier
They're my friends
Jessica is one of the most driven people I know. She has incredibly high standards for herself and she looks for people who are hungry for ... success. She's no-bullshit. She's super-smart. She's loyal. She's awesome.
Lane Becker
They're my friends
Jessica is amazing, passionate, works her ass off, and relentless. She's also thoughtful, fun, interesting, and wildly capable. She doesn't ... quit. Because who likes a quitter? I love working with Jessica, and you'd be lucky to get the chance.
Abby Beck
We worked together at FounderDating
Jessica is just the kind of entrepreneur you want to work with. She's insanely resourceful and lives by the mantra "Good is the enemy of gre ... at".
Theo Cincotta
Senior Operations Engineer / IT Manager, Monkey Inferno. Previously Senior Systems Engineer, Eventbrite.
Richard Rosen
Founder of LA-based FastCall. Our sales productivity apps are in the Salesforce AppExchange Top 20. FastCall is backed by 500 Start-ups.
Congrats on joining FD !
Chia-Lin Simmons
Marketing/BD exec. Current Googler. Formerly exec for startups as well as public companies such as Amazon/Audible, Harman, etc. Love IoT
Jessica is an accomplished exec.
Soham Mehta
Generalist Engineer. Previously, Director of Engineering Services @Box. @ eBay. before that
Jessica is a very driven hustler, and has contagious energy. She is also very well connected in the startup community. Expect great, no-nons ... ense advice on monetization and go-to-market strategies!
Cecilia Domenighini
We worked together  •  Previously Executive Assistant to CEO, Sincuru. San Francisco State grad.
She is awesome!
Lucas
We worked together
Perfect combo of direct and compassionate.
Firouzeh
We worked together
She is smart
Fi
We worked together
great
Richard Ling
Member Board of Directors, SeeYourImpact Technologies and Co-founder CEO, Mpact. University of California, Berkeley grad.
Extremely smart and insightful.
Kimberly Baird Mitchell
UX Designer & Front-end Engineer, FounderDating. Previously UX Product Designer/Front End Developer & Creative Director, Adoption Creative.

Frank D'Andrea
We worked together  •  Vice President of Software and Business Development, Tater Tot Designs.
Excited to have Frank lead the PDX community!

Adam Platti
We worked together at Bebo
Lots of ideas and has the itch!

Mike Bidgoli

Jean-Paul Cozzatti

Derek Dukes
They're my friends  •  Ex-Twitter, Ex-Yahoo!, Previously Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder, Jetpac, Founder Dipity, VP Product SAY Media
Derek is create and analytical - a hard combo to come by. He's a repeat entrepreneur so he doesn't need my vote of confidence. Can't wait t ... o see what he does next...

Eric Marcoullier
They're my friends  •  Partner, Cloudspace and Investor / Advisor / Consultant, Several Companies. University of Florida grad.
Eric IS an awesome entrepreneur and person. He's curious, hates the status quo and knows how to build a great team. Anyone would be lucky t ... o work with him.

Ed Baker

Paul Bohm

Ryan Junee

Steve Polsky

Adeel Ahmad
They're my friends
Talented and can blur the line between eng. and product.

Frank Barbieri
We worked together
Frank is awesome and has learned a ton from his career. He's thoughtful and I'm confident will be a success in whatever he does next.

Ellen Dunne
We worked together at FounderDating  •  Currently at Nanigans (ad tech). Previously Product Lead, Lumatic (mobile app in mapping/navigation space). Obsessed with Lean UX.
Ellen is a star. Able to make things happen and wear many hats while being an expert at product and design.

Abby Beck
We worked together at FounderDating
Abby is awesome.

Ted Rheingold
We worked together at 500 Startups  •  Chief Operating Officer, InVenture. Founded Dogster (acq by Say Media)
Ted is a consummate leader and big picture thinker. I'm excited to see what he'll do next.

Max Skibinsky
They're my friends
Max was born an entrepreneur. He is always experimenting and thinking through ideas but also someone who can execute.

George Consagra
We worked together at Bebo  •  CEO, GoodGuide. Previously President, Scribd. Columbia University in the City of New York grad.
George is an awesome addition to a startup team - thoughtful while being ready to make things happen. Would love to see him be there from g ... round zero.

Angela Strange
They're my friends  •  Product Manager, Google and Board Member, C100. Stanford GSB grad. Queen's grad.
Angela can wear a ton of hats, would be great to see her start her own startup after being early at startups and spending a few years at Goo ... gle.

Stefanie Kraus
We worked together at Bebo  •  User Experience Designer with a passion for animal welfare, environmental issues and making the world a (slightly) better place.
Stefanie is not only an awesome designer, but a thoughtful one. She's a team player and a pleasure to work with. I'm honestly excited to se ... e her jump into entrepreneurship.

David Bill
They're my friends  •  CTO @ Freestyle Capital. Former CTO/co-founder CoTweet and Spinner.com. Advisor to, Wanelo, True & Company, Livefyre, and more.
David is awesome. Can't wait to see what he does next and who is lucky enough to do it with him.

Prateek Alsi
We worked together
With Prateek's experience and his work ethic, he'd be an amazing part to an entrepreneurial team.

Karl Jacob
They're my friends
Born to be an entrepreneur. Anyone would be lucky to work with him.

hunter walk
They're my friends  •  Partner, Homebrew. Previously Director, Product Management, Google. Stanford GSB grad.
Hunter is thoughtful and analytical but able to take risks and experiment. Plus, has tons of lessons/battle scars.

hunter walk
They're my friends
Hunter is thoughtful and analytical but able to take risks and experiment. Plus, has tons of lessons/battle scars.

Yaron Binur
We worked together  •  Co-Founder, Redbeacon and Co-Founder, MEET - Middle East Education through Technology.
Impressive all around - intelligent, thoughtful and driven beyond words.

Julia Lam
They're my friends  •  Co-founder & CEO, Optimistic Labs and Co-founder & President, A3 Foundation. University of California, Los Angeles grad.
Great experience and willingness to do what it takes!

Jessica Alter
We worked together at FounderDating
No words...

Eyal Weiss
They're my friends
Eyal is awesome and not afraid to take risks.

Mike Bidgoli
They're my friends  •  VP, Product @ LivingSocial. Mentor @ Launchpad LA. Formerly @ SocialMedia.com (Sold to LivingSocial). Berkeley EECS.
Have been waiting for Mike to start his own thing for a while. Will make an amazing entrepreneur.

Aaron Batalion
They're my friends  •  Co-founder, former CTO, LivingSocial
He's one of a kind. Anyone would be lucky to work with him.

Michelle Forcier
We worked together at FounderDating  •  Software Engineer, FounderDating and Co-Founder, Willowire. USC Viterbi Grad.
Michelle is awesome, I'm excited to be a part of everything she does.

Mark Jacobstein
Product focussed founder and/or CEO of five companies. Four large exits. Raised VC from Sequoia, NEA, KPCB, CRV, Khosla, Flatiron, etc.
Mark will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Adam Platti

Adam will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Jacob Mullins

Jacob will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Adam Sah

Adam will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Graham Mather

Graham will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Rob Abbott

Rob will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Michael Denmark
We worked together at 500 Startups
awesome

Aaron Batalion
Co-founder, former CTO, LivingSocial
He combines creativity with science and a relentless work ethic.

Aren Sandersen
Scalability and Operations consultant.
Aren is resourceful, creative and technically savvy. Anyone would be lucky to work with him as a cofounder.

ibrahim okuyucu
They're my advisor
Ibrahim has always been smart and driven and his experience the last few years has made him even more thoughtful.

Rogelio Choy
We worked together
One the best and scrappiest in the industry

Mark Cicoria
Founder WorkingOn. 500 Startups Alum. Previously technology at Primeloop and cofounder of two other startups.
Just insanely talented and cares deeply!

Brian Feth

Brian will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Jean-Luc David
Founder, Alertly. Previously Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Spently. York grad.
Jean-Luc will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Richard Fields

Richard will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Edwin Aoki

Edwin will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Frank Barbieri
They're my friends  •  SVP Corporate Development, YuMe. Previously SVP Emerging Platforms, YuMe.
Frank is awesome. Not only a seasoned entrepreneurs but also a great combination of product and business savvy.

Vishwas Prabhakara
They're my friends
Excited to see what Vish does next...

John Battelle
They're my friends  •  Chair, Co-Founder, CCO NewCo/OpenCo and Exec Chair, sovrn Holdings
John is the quintessential entrepreneur. You'd be lucky to work with and learn from him.

Fran Lukesh
They're my friends
Fran will make an amazing cofounder - diligent, committed and talented

taylor tucek
We worked together
Taylor is super talented and I'm excited to see her jump into entrepreneurship.

Dave Kashen
They're my friends
Dave is constantly learning and asking questions, from his own mistakes and from others. He understands people and genuinely wants to solve ... problems.

Karl Jacob
They're my investor  •  Executive Chairman and Founder, Coveroo and CEO and Founder, Hangtime Inc.. University of Southern California grad.
Karl's through the trenches so he is one of my go-to people when I have hard problems and I want guidance.

Seth Sternberg

Seth will make an awesome advisor.

Jamie Perlman

Jamie will make an awesome advisor.

George Favvas

George will make an awesome advisor.

Thor Muller

Thor is a great balance of compassion and intelligence. Anyone would be lucky to have him as an advisor.

Andrew Hoag

Andrew will make an awesome advisor.

Danny Bernstein

Danny will make an awesome advisor.

Ward Bullard

Ward will make an awesome advisor.

Jean-Paul Cozzatti

Jean-Paul will make an awesome advisor.

John Jenkins

Great experience and not afraid to tell it like it is.

Heidi Perry

Heidi will make an awesome advisor.

Andrew Hoag
They're my friends  •  Managing Director, Europe, Startup Institute and Creator & Facilitator, Founder's Nest.
Done it before and I'm sure he'll do it again.

Celestine Johnson

Celestine will make an awesome advisor.

Max Fram-Schwartz

Max will make an awesome advisor.

Andrew Trader

Awesome wealth of experience and attitude

Manu Kumar
They're my friends  •  Investor and Board Member, Locomotive Labs, Inc. and Investor and Board Member, Coin, Inc.. Stanford grad. Stanford grad.
Manu is a repeat entrepreneur, he's thoughtful and analytical and knows what it takes to get things done.

Alex Michael

Alex will make an awesome advisor.

Craig dos Santos

Craig will make an awesome advisor.

Jason Oberfest

Jason will make an awesome advisor.

Nick Pinkston

Nick will make an awesome advisor.

Sunil Daluvoy

Sunil will make an awesome advisor.

Adam Marchick

Adam will make an awesome advisor.

Meredith Mell Dunn

Meredith will make an awesome advisor.

Jennifer P. Monteverde

Jennifer will make an awesome advisor.

Sonia Survanshi McFarland

Sonia will make an awesome advisor.

Jeff Thomas

Awesome experience and insight.

Sonia Survanshi McFarland
Previously VP of User Operations, Yelp.com. Previously Head of Business Development, Yelp.com. University of Pennsylvania grad.
Sonia has had awesome experience at both early and later stage companies and isn't afraid to tell it like it is.

Jenna Trabulus
Curator, N3TWORK INC and Advisor, Speakaboos. Brown grad.
Jenna has a go-getter attitude. Excited to see what she does.

Anirban Majumder
We worked together  •  Engagement Manager - Business Platforms, Infosys. Previously Sales Head, Digital Surveillance BU, MindTree Ltd..
Anirban is a highly motivated thought leader yet humble! He makes the best colleagues in a highly competitive work place. His potent combina ... tion of high Integrity, tenacity and leadership qualities makes him die hard go getter. Anirban suceeds in whatever venture he takes up.

George Favvas
We worked together  •  Mentor, FounderFuel and Cofounder, PerkHub (formerly Rewardli).
George is awesome and really cares about helping entrepreneurs.

Charlie Graham
They're my school  •  Founder & CEO, Shop It To Me, Inc.. Previously CTO &Co-founder, Hipbone, Inc.. Harvard Business School grad. Harvard grad.
Charlie is a true entrepreneur - thoughtful but not afraid to take action.

John Jenkins
They're my friends  •  Operator / Advisor / Consultant, RP Advisors. Previously Vice President, Corporate Development, Tremor Video. Princeton grad.
John's awesome and excited to see what he does next!

Scott J. Kleper
They're my friends  •  Founded @Context Optional, Inc. (acquired by Adobe), early employee @several startups, @Stanford BSCS/MSCS. Mayfield Fellow. Author.
Scott's an amazing entrepreneur - thoughtful, curious and driven.

David Bill

David will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Jon Pastor
They're my school  •  Founder and CEO, Community Elf and Rent Jungle. Previously Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company. Harvard Business School grad.
Jon's resourceful, analytical and thoughtful. Great combination.

Zaw Thet
They're my friends  •  Director, Board of Directors, Boxed Wholesale and Partner, Signia Venture Partners. Stanford grad.
Zaw is a born entrepreneur. Anyone would be lucky to learn from him.

Keegan Beljanski
We worked together  •  I'm passionate about using innovation and entrepreneurship to solve social problems. University of Michigan undergrad
Keegan will have a ton of opportunities ahead. Excited to see what he does.

Porfirio Partida
We worked together  •  Software Engineer, FounderDating and Software Engineer, Nearsoft.
Great work ethic!!

Joel Grossman
COO, Location Labs. Previously Summer Associate, Buerk Dale Victor LLC. Harvard Business School grad. Brown grad.
Joel is truly curious and passionate about technology. That coupled with a patient disposition makes him an amazing person to work with.

Monica Adractas
They're my school  •  Senior Director, Customer Retention, Box. Previously Associate Principal, McKinsey & Company. Harvard Business School grad.
Monica would be a great advisor to help entrepreneurs think through things and ask smart/tough questions.

Rahim Fazal
They're my friends  •  Executive at Oracle Cloud, CEO/Founder Involver (enterprise marketing software)
Rahim is not only a successful entrepreneur, but extremely thoughtful and relatable. He's knowledgable and passionate about product, but und ... erstands the people issues as well.

Cecilia Domenighini
They're my mentor  •  Previously Executive Assistant to CEO, Sincuru. San Francisco State grad.
Cecilia shows a ton of excitement for the startup ecosystem and is a self-starter

Porfirio Partida

Porfirio will make an awesome entrepreneur.

Jason Lawrence Nazar
Writer / Contributor, Forbes / WSJ / BusinessInsider and Creator & Host, Startups Uncensored. University of California, Santa Barbara grad.
Experienced entrepreneur with the rare mix of drive and empathy. You'd be lucky to have him as an advisor.

Shane Steele
They're my friends  •  Global Brand Marketing (Contract), Airbnb. Previously Director, Global Sales Marketing, Twitter. Cornell grad.
Great knowledge and experience.

Dan Murillo
They're my friends  •  Partner, SCP. Previously CEO, Little Black Bag. Stanford GSB grad.
Thoughtful and persuasive.

Porfirio Partida
They're my friends  •  Software Engineer, FounderDating and Software Engineer, Nearsoft.
Hard working and dedicated!

Auren Hoffman
They're my friends  •  CEO, LiveRamp (sold for $310 million). Fmr Board: BrightRoll.
Auren is a born entrepreneur and has had a ton of experience to learn from.

Richard Ling
They're my friends  •  Member Board of Directors, SeeYourImpact Technologies and Co-founder CEO, Mpact. University of California, Berkeley grad.
Tons of passion and experience.

Kimberly Baird Mitchell
UX Designer & Front-end Engineer, FounderDating. Previously UX Product Designer/Front End Developer & Creative Director, Adoption Creative.
hardworking, creative and a high GSD!

Michael Haswell
They're my friends  •  Director of Product Partnerships, Ads & Commerce, Google. Previously Head of Global Business Development, Shopping, Google.
Great experience and perspective