What We Do
Helpful Networks is an entrepreneurial consultancy that partners with publicly traded, private equity, and family owned companies to incubate new businesses and modernize existing ones.
Who We Are
We're experienced entrepreneurs who understand and can bring together startups and corporates.
Founder & Partner
Jacob is a Founder and Partner at Helpful Networks, a.He is also a Venture Partner at Expanding Capital, a growth stage investment firm backing US based companies and helping them expand here and in Brazil.
Jacob previously co-founded Benny, a freelancer back-office and insurance startup backed by Google Ventures. Before that he was a Founding Partner at MESA Ventures, the strategic seed/early stage venture arm of the investment bank MESA. Across his career as a venture capitalist and angel investor he has backed 30+ companies technology companies in consumer services, healthcare, advertising, financial services, insurance, shipping & logistics, internet of things, agriculture and enterprise software. Portfolio investments include Clover Health, Easypost, MParticle, Vence, Triple Lift, Tala, Ethyca, Fitstar (acquired by Fitbit), Abra, Grand St (acquired by Etsy), Gem, Seedling and Nativo. His portfolio companies have raised over $750 million in follow on capital and half a dozen are valued at over $100 million.
In a previous life Jacob was a reporter at Venturebeat and founded a non-profit helping entrepreneurs. He is a born and bred New Yorker, just like his wife Lauren and his son Bowie.
Big companies CAN’T move at the speed of entrepreneurs so they should partner with them to build new businesses & understand their playbook. We can be your founding team.
Digital Transformation As A Service
Most innovation is going on outside your company. We tap into and build innovative ecosystems for new growth.
We help clients...
- Map & evaluate new platforms, technologies, & business models
- Define strategic objectives for product & business process innovation
- Work with the right innovative companies towards those objectives
- Develop criteria, processes and deal flow for strategic investments