Jesse MiddletonNew York, New York, United States
Bio
My investment interests include the sharing economy, SMB platforms, mobile, SaaS, big data, consumer and e-commerce. Prior to joining Flybridge in 2016, I was an early executive at WeWork, one of the fastest growing and most valuable startups in history. I co-founded WeWork Labs in 2011, which became WeWork’s global startup incubator, and ran WeWork X, M&A, startup investments, business and digital product development as well as inside sales during my five-year tenure at the company. Prior to WeWork, I was the co-founder and CEO of Backstory, a venture backed startup. I began my career traveling across the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Israel and China as a network security engineer based in Philadelphia. I moved to New York City where I became the head of information technology at LivePerson in 2010. Prior to Flybridge, I was an active angel investor and serve as an advisor to many early stage technology startups including 3Claps, Authenticated Digital, Benny, Camelot Metrics, Eight, fitmob (acquired by ClassPass), inDinero, Jackpocket, Leo Health, Morsel, Rukkus, Squire, Symple, Thunderclap, Uptown House and YourTrove (acquired by LiveNation).
Social
Experience
Co-Founder and General Partner
The Community Fund VC
2020 - Current
Investor
Your Auto Advocate
Dec 2020 - Current
Investor
Fable
Dec 2020 - Current
Board Member
Dongnae
Jun 2020 - Current
Led the pre-seed round in Dongnae in 2020, Flybridge's first investment in South Korea.
Investor
Commsor
Mar 2020 - Current
Co-led the pre-seed round in Commsor in 2020 along with SignalFire.
Board Member
Teal
Feb 2020 - Current
Led the $5M seed round in 2020 in Teal along with Aleph Ventures, Corigin Ventures, and Lerer Hippeau.
Board Member
Tastemakers Africa
2019 - Current
Co-led the seed round in Tastemakers in 2019 along with Precursor Ventures and Erik Blachford.
Board Member
Ohi
2019 - Current
Led the $2.75M seed round in 2019 in Ohi.
Board Observer
Chief
2018 - Current
Co-led the $3M seed round in Chief in 2018 along with Primary Venture Capital.
Investor
Skillist
2018 - Current
Led the pre-seed round in Skillist in 2018.
Board Member
Hyr Inc.
2018 - Current
Led the $1.6M seed round in Hyr in 2018 along with Newark Ventures Partners.
Board Member
Narrator
2017 - Current
First check in Narrator in 2017 and led the $1m seed in 2018.
Investor
Wethos
2017 - Current
Wrote the largest pre-seed check in Wethos in 2017 along with Brooklyn Bridge Ventures and Corigin.
Investor
Bulletin
2017 - Current
General Partner
Flybridge Capital Partners
Jun 2016 - Current
Seed-stage venture capital firm based in Boston and New York City investing in entrepreneurs across a range of sectors who share our vision for leveraging the power of community. With over $700m under management across five funds and four pre-seed funds, portfolio companies include BetterCloud, BitSight, Bowery, Chief, Codecademy, Firebase (acq: GOOG), MongoDB (NASDAQ: MDB), NS1, Plastiq, Splice, and Wethos.
Board Observer
Imperfect Foods
2016 - Current
Wrote the largest check in to the seed round of Imperfect Foods in 2016.
Board Observer
Splice
2016 - Current
Board Observer
Remote Year
2016 - Current
Investor
Studio
2016 - Current
Led the pre-seed round in Studio in 2016.
Investor
Jackpocket
2015 - Current
Investor
Squire
2015 - Current
Investor
ClassPass
2015 - Current
Investor
inDinero
2014 - Current
Board Member
JCC Manhattan
2018 - 2020
Investor
Leo Health
2016 - 2018
Investor
Authenticated Digital, Inc.
2015 - 2018
Investor
3Claps
2015 - 2017
Acquired by 인사이트 디자인 랩 in July 2017.
Investor
Rukkus
2014 - 2017
Advisor
Symple Health
Jul 2013 - 2017
Director, Business Development
Jirafe, Inc
Jun 2012 - Dec 2012
Investor
YourTrove
2012 - 2014
Acquired by LiveNation.
Co-Founder
WeWork Labs
Apr 2011 - 2016
We give startups all of the tools and connections they need to go from prototype to a real business. We do this through events, mentorship and by surrounding our members with investors, advisors, service providers, brands, marketing and product professionals, and fellow entrepreneurs.
Advisor
YourTrove
2011 - 2014
Mentor
Blueprint Health LLC
2011 - 2013
Founding Team Member
The We Company
2010 - 2016
WeWork helps entrepreneurs, and small businesses succeed by making them more connected with each other and by providing them with services that allow them to focus their energy on what they do best.
CEO/Co-Founder
Backstory
2010 - 2012
Director, Information Technology
LivePerson
Nov 2009 - Oct 2010
Founding Partner
ChefAMe, LLC
Mar 2009 - May 2010
Sr. Consultant
CRM Manager
Dec 2008 - Nov 2009
Technology Evangelist
Passpack.com
Oct 2008 - Nov 2008
Network Engineer Consultant
Rohm and Haas
Jun 2008 - Nov 2008
Director, Technical Sales
VirtualSmith, LLC
Sep 2007 - Oct 2009
Network Security Specialist
Southco, Inc.
May 2005 - Apr 2008
CEO/Co-Founder
Get IT Connected, Inc.
Mar 2002 - Aug 2004
Education
Drexel University
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Bucks County Community College
General Studies
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