Today I'm thrilled to announce that Jack Leidlein has joined First Round Capital as our new Head of Talent.
At First Round Capital we've spent the last 7 years working really hard to build a new kind of venture capital firm dedicated to supporting the next generation of company builders at idea inception. We do this through both a highly engaged partnership and a platform that helps connect our community to resources (and each other). During this process of building our firm, we've been laser focused on making sure that First Round is an entrepreneur's First Call when they want to raise capital…and their first call when they're confronted with any challenge or opportunity. And we've been fortunate enough to receive that First Call from over 300 amazing founders including entrepreneurs like Jason Goldberg at Fab, Dave Morin at Path, Nat Turner at Invite Media, Katia Beuchamp and Haley Barna at Birchbox, Travis Kalanick at Uber, Aaron Patzer at Mint and Garrett Camp at StumbleUpon.
While we hope to continue to receive calls from entrepreneurs looking to start a company, one of our goals over the next 7+ years is to be the first call from people looking to join a startup. We fundamentally believe that category-killing businesses are built by amazing founders and world-class teams -- and if we're able to help our companies increase talent-density at the seed stage, amazing things are possible. For example, if we're able to help a team of 5 engineers grow their team by just one or two -- that's transformative to their business and can potentially change the trajectory of the company. So to that end, in addition to First Round Capital's existing suite of products, services and events that focus on business development, management, marketing and engineering - we're now also going to be aggressively focused on creating value in hiring during the first 18-24 months of company construction through education and mentorship as well as a fantastic network of talent.
To help us continue to develop and execute on our talent initiative, I couldn't be more excited to have Jack join First Round Capital. As we've gotten to know Jack, I can't tell you the number of times we heard things like "he is always the person that provides the glue, and is exceptional at differentiating his startups' messaging and practices in order to compete for and hire the very best talent." Jack has spent the vast majority of his career enabling early stage technology companies to attract and retain top talent. He's a startup guy at heart that loves helping companies position themselves to be recruiting machines. Most recently Jack was responsible for scaling the teams at Scribd and Songbird. Jack also built the first Data & User Insights group at ShareThis, a team comprised of exceptional scientists and engineers.
Please join me in welcoming Jack to the First Round Capital team.