International Economics, 2017
Hometown: Houston, TX
Full Time Employment: Chicago Ventures
- 2014 – Smith Street Capital (Houston, TX)
- 2015 – Industrial Coverage Group, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (Atlanta, GA)
- 2016 – Tech M&A Group, Wells Fargo Securities (San Francisco, CA)
Jackson grew up learning instruments and wanting to become a professional musician. His dream was to found a company that would narrow the gap between human-digital music input (and in his sophomore year gave a TEDx talk on the perception of music).
During his senior year, he co-founded Float Tickets, a ticketing software startup that won first place at the Schurz Competition and received an offer for a convertible note financing from Elevate Ventures.
How did you get into Venture Capital?
“I got the chance to work on several sell-side deals in SF where we were selling very high-growth startups to big automobile and tech companies. After receiving money for Float Tickets, I had reached out to several ND alumni to get advice on whether to pursue investment banking or continue with my startup full-time. I was lucky to meet Peter Christman from Chicago Ventures, who was a judge during the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) that I participated in through NDIGI.”
What NDIGI programs best prepared you?
“The Venture Fundamentals workshop fundamentally changed my career path. This was an amazing opportunity to learn from renowned venture capitalists like Jim Hunt from Lavrock Ventures and Tom Crotty from Battery Ventures. The class culminated with three levels of competition: local (@ND), regional (@UChicago), and nationals (@UNC).”
“This experience was hands-down the best exposure to venture capital, and one of the most intense academic experiences I had at ND. Imagine an SIBC presentation, but you are up against 31 other teams in front of an evaluation panel of managing partners from top venture capital funds.”
What are you most excited about?
“I am super excited student startups. I think that technology startups have not only become a very hot career choice for recent graduates but are one of the best ways to make an impact as a young person. This year I am working closely with the Irish Entrepreneurship Network to help bring more industry leaders to campus and provide real-world advice for startups on campus.”