Rather than take the traditional venture approach, where investment “silos” are created around individual partners, Foundry Group approaches each of our investments as a collaborative team from the very beginning.
Whether it’s the early evaluation of an investment opportunity, advising a portfolio company or fund manager long after we’ve made the investment, we believe this team approach enables Foundry Group to make faster, better decisions while also supporting our entrepreneurs and managers with the full breadth and depth of our collective experience, expertise and network of connections.
Let’s face it – in the venture capital world, partners get all the glory. But without the hard work and behind-the-scenes support of a professional staff, no venture firm can succeed over the long haul. We’re lucky enough to have the best in the business.
When Foundry Group makes an investment, our entrepreneurs and managers get the resources and attention of all of us — not just those of one individual.
Colleen has worked in the Boulder startup community since 1999. Prior to joining Foundry Group she worked with Federated Media, Lijit Networks and Raindance Communications. Colleen enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with her family and dogs camping, cycling and seeking adventure off the beaten path.
Lindel joined Foundry Group Next in 2015 from UTIMCO and works on both fund investments as well as direct growth and opportunity investments.
Brad is a founding partner of Foundry Group and works across the Foundry portfolio. He’s an avid writer, reader and runner.
Jaclyn Freeman Hester
Jaclyn focuses on investments, operations, platform, and legal review for FG Next. Prior to joining Foundry, she practiced law, advising clients on early stage finance, private equity, and M&A. While earning her JD/MBA at CU Boulder, Jaclyn served as Exec. Director of Startup Colorado, where she caught the “startup bug.” Between Red Rocks concerts and skiing the Rockies, she is thrilled to call Colorado home.
Lena is a CPA with over 10 years experience in the venture capital industry. Prior to Foundry, Lena worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers both in San Jose and Denver. Typical of most Colorado transplants, Lena spends as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors with her husband and two young kids.
Seth is a founding partner of Foundry Group and works across the Foundry portfolio. When he’s not investing you can find him riding his bike around the hills of Boulder.
Micah graduated from CU and immersed himself in the Boulder startup community. Prior to joining Foundry Group, he was at Techstars Boulder, was an Analyst for Signals Group in Israel and ran his own technology consulting company. Micah loves the outdoors, you will find him skiing, hiking, camping, or playing with his dogs.
An East Coast transplant, Shannon has been living and working in the Rocky Mountain West since 1998. Prior to joining Foundry Group, she was an EA at Twitter and began her career as a manuscripts archivist at the University of Wyoming. Shannon is an avid reader and loves the outdoors.
Ryan is a founding partner of Foundry Group and sits on many early and late stage boards. Ryan is an avid guitarist, songwriter, recording engineer, and runs the occasional marathon.
Jason is a founding partner of Foundry Group and works across the Foundry portfolio. Jason has written, directed and instrumented all our music videos.
Chris joined Foundry Group in 2017 after leading portfolio company GNIP to acquisition by Twitter and focuses on board work across our portfolio.
Jamey joined Foundry Group Next in 2018 from Morgan Stanley and works on both fund investments as well as direct growth and opportunity investments.
Jill has been with the Foundry Group team since May of 2000. Prior to this Jill was an executive assistant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in California and New Jersey. Jill enjoys the diverse spiritual culture in Boulder and sings with several local Kirtan groups. She also enjoys hiking and regular trips to Crestone, CO.
Mary is a CO native and loves the outdoors. She’s been an EA in the Boulder area with tech companies including Maxtor, Quantum, and Sun. Mary enjoys cooking, camping, fishing, hiking, biking, and being in the mountains as much as she can. She also enjoys international travel, volunteering, and her annual trip to Mexico with her husband.