Jason has over a decade of experience in the venture capital and technology industries in a multitude of investing, operational and engineering roles. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, Jason was a Managing Director and General Counsel for Mobius Venture Capital, where he also acted as its chief administrative partner overseeing all operations of the firm.
He currently serves on the board of directors of FirstDocs, Oblong and Pie Digital for Foundry Group.
While at Mobius Venture Capital, Jason was actively involved in serving on boards of portfolio companies and the negotiations and structuring of all financings, mergers and exits in the portfolio. He has also gained valuable experience as a restructuring expert during the challenging ""Internet bubble"" time period.
Prior to his involvement with Mobius Venture Capital, Jason was an attorney with Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, where he practiced corporate and securities law with an emphasis on representation of emerging companies in private and public financings, mergers and acquisitions. As an attorney, Jason has consummated over $2 billion of venture capital investments, $5 billion in mergers and has extensive experience in fund formation, employment law and general litigation, serving as an expert witness in these related fields.
Before his legal career, Jason was a senior consultant and software engineer at Accenture where he focused on financial institution re-engineering engagements. While at Accenture, Jason supervised programming teams up to fourty people in size and was responsible for managing deliverables in multi-billion dollar engagements.
As one of the first full-time, in-house general counsels at a venture capital firm, Jason has been on the forefront of thought leadership and has co-chaired the National Venture Capital Association's General Counsel group and is an active participant on the NVCA's Chief Financial Officer group. He was one of the key draftspersons for the NVCA model document task force which created the industry's first set of standardized venture capital financing documents, which has greatly aided in the efficiency of completing these types of deals.
Notable companies that Jason has worked with, represented and / or sat on the boards of include Accelergy, eCast, Stratify (acq. IRM), and Vitria (VITR).
Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, with distinction and a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Michigan. He is an active musician playing drums and bass guitar in several bands (including Soul Patch with his partner Ryan McIntyre) and enjoys home remodeling and travel. Jason was chosen as one of Denver’s “40 under 40” in business in 2009. Jason blogs about his experiences in the venture industry on his blog Mendelson's Musings and www.askthevc.com.
Jason Mendelson, managing director at Foundry Group, talks about venture capitalism and Yahoo! suing Facebook. He speaks with Jon Erlichman at the South by Southwest Conference on Bloomberg Television's "Money Moves." (Source: Bloomberg)