Jeffrey Jordan is a managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz, also known as “a16z”. The firm boasts that many of its general partners were former founders, CEOs and CTOs of top technology companies, and Jeff may have had the most prosperous career of them all.
Prior to his career in venture capital, he was one of the most successful executives in the US. From 2007 to 2011, Jeff was the president and CEO of OpenTable. Under his leadership, the company experienced significant domestic and international growth, as well as an “extremely health” IPO during the Great Recession.
“Once you make money [through an IPO], you don’t need outside capital again … you’ve completely insulated yourself against capital market risks,” Jeff explained, as reported by Tech In Asia. “I’ve been in Silicon Valley for about two decades and I’ve lived through three capital market cycles already – two of them were catastrophic and we could not raise as a startup for years. Ideally, again, if you make money, you control your own destiny. You can wait out timings and cycles.”
From 2004 to 2006, Jeff was president of PayPal. He established the company’s status as the standard for online payments during that time. Prior to his time at PayPal, he was the senior vice president and general manager of eBay North America, where he led eBay’s acquisitions of PayPal and Half.com. Before joining eBay, he was the chief financial officer of Hollywood Entertainment, president of Reel.com and senior vice president of finance for The Disney Stores at The Walt Disney Company.
Jeff received his MBA at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and is highly involved with his alma mater. He’s a member of the board of Stanford Athletics, the DAPER Investment Fund, The GSB Trust and the Stanford School of Engineering Advisory Council,Tags: Andreessen Horowitz, Investment and Funding, VC