Jason SpinellSan Francisco Bay Area, United States
Bio
Jason Spinell currently invests and manages the Slack Fund - Slack's early-stage investment fund focused on supporting teams building and shaping "The Future of Work." Previously Jason was the Ventures Director at Undercurrent, an organizational design and strategic consultancy located in NYC, LA, and the UK. He led Undercurrent's investment efforts, focusing opportunistically on early-stage companies seeking to promote an "Ever Better Future" and improve industries that have historically lacked digital sophistication. Of particular interest were industries such as Education, Healthcare, Finance, Commerce, Content creation/distribution, Logistics, etc. Jason also worked directly with Undercurrent's strategy clients and helped advise them on how to continue to grow and adapt in an ever-changing business environment.
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Experience
Slack Fund
Slack
May 2016 - Current
Helping identify and shape how work gets done
Advisory Board Member
Accion Systems Inc.
Feb 2015 - Current
Accion Systems Inc. is printing propulsion systems for satellites based on a proprietary ion beam technology. Our revolutionary new approach to in-space electric propulsion uses simple, modular thruster chips that can go anywhere on a satellite, in any number. We got rid of bulky tanks and valves, explosive propellants, and expensive manufacturing techniques so that our customers can launch satellites that are not just affordable but also extremely capable. And we qualify for ride-share launches! Use one of our systems on your 1U to 200 kg satellite for orbit transfers, station-keeping, attitude control, and de-orbiting.
Ventures Director
Undercurrent
Feb 2013 - Aug 2015
- Lead Undercurrent’s Ventures practice – focused on opportunistically investing and advising early-stage consumer companies seeking to promote an "Ever Better Future,"​ and improve industries that have historically lacked digital sophistication. Areas of focus include: Energy, Health, Education, Finance, Logistics, Manufacturing, etc. - Responsible for leading 14 early early stage investments including: MakeSpace, Earnest, Grand St.(acquired by Etsy), StyleSeat, Metabiota, Makr(acquired by Staples), Splash, Able Lending. Partial investment list: https://angel.co/jasonspinell - Additionally responsible for high level strategy for the C-suite of the Fortune 100, Responsive organization design, development and implementation of new ways of working. Representative clients: GE, Pepsi, American Express
Co-founder / VP Business Development & Finance
Precog, data science platform
Apr 2011 - Aug 2012
Precog is a platform that makes it extremely easy to build data-driven applications. Our platform helps you capture, enrich and analyze data, so that you can build apps that have intelligence, apps that have reporting or apps that use real data to drive critical decisions. - Member of 2011 class of Techstars (Boulder) - Acquired by RichRelevance in 2013
Associate(Summer)
Greenmont Capital Partners II
Apr 2010 - Oct 2010
Greenmont Capital Partners is an investment fund founded by natural product industry insiders, focusing on early-stage companies in the $500-billion Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (“LOHAS”) market.
Investment Advisor
Merrill Lynch
Jan 2007 - Jun 2009
- Directed the management of approximately $1.4B within two separate small team structures - Responsible for daily research, trading and analysis of market information and events from both a micro and macro perspective - Cultivated core competency on institutional side of business around cash management for hedge funds, private equity, and real estate development firms
Associate
Rentricity Inc.
Oct 2004 - Oct 2006
Rentricity Inc. is a renewable energy company that uses unique energy recovery configurations to transform the untapped energy in various man-made processes into electricity.
Education
University of Colorado at Boulder - Leeds School of Business
MBA, Finance & Entrepreneurship
University of Colorado Boulder
BA, Econ, Pre-Med
College of the Holy Cross
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