• "The early days are what decide the culture of an industry and who gets involved in making the decisions." - J. Jobanputra, Forbes, March 2018
  • "Just as we never envisioned a world where we would carry around fully connected supercomputers (smartphones) in our wallets a mere 20 years ago, we can’t even imagine all of the applications of the blockchain today." - J. Jobanputra, The Barefoot VC, July 2016
  • "We’re living in a really speculative market right now. I’ve been through two bubbles and crashes in my venture career — one was in ’99/2000, and the other was 2008. But as we saw with the internet, we’ll see some real value being created out of the experimentation happening right now." - J. Jobanputra, Forbes, May 2017
  • "Places that don't have legacy infrastructure, like Africa, present a lot of opportunity, and that's why there's so much potential around financial services in emerging markets." - J. Jobanputra, O'Reilly, October 2015
  • "While we may not be able to predict every scenario, it’s important to have mechanisms in place to alert us when an automated system is working against society or certain rules we operate by. This is one of the reasons I have readily engaged with policy makers and regulators since I got involved in the sector – we need to work in tandem to make sure that the most vulnerable are protected while also allowing innovation to flourish." - J. Jobanputra, The Barefoot VC, October 2017
  • "Technology is not going to solve all of the world’s problems itself but instead serves an enabler to provide people with the toolset to try and solve them." - J. Jobanputra, TechCrunch, February 2018
  • "I believe in supporting the entrepreneurs who see a more connected, secure, freer world where every individual is allowed to reach their full potential, and that’s what’s exciting to me about blockchain technology." - J. Jobanputra, TechCrunch, February 2018
  • "Tokens need to be valued for their own sake, like equity." - J. Jobanputra, CoinDesk, May 2018
  • "One of the reasons I launched Future Perfect Ventures is because we need to see different funds with different cultures out there. Right now, we’re funding the future with one demographic as decision-makers." - J. Jobanputra, Forbes, June 2016
  • "In the future, I believe we are going to live in a world that is very customer centric and we will be able to access and control our data from any device where we aren’t leaving people out of any systems due to expenses." - J. Jobanputra, MIT, April 2017
  • "There's so much more movement of people and assets across borders and I think this is where the blockchain can excel." - J. Jobanputra, CoinDesk, July 2015
  • "FPV is looking to diversify the sector- a diverse group of people is needed to spur new ideas and new use cases to unleash the full potential of blockchain technology." - J. Jobanputra, BroadMic, April 2016
  • "There will be hiccups along the way as this technology rolls out, but I always think of the pent-up demand in the world for self-empowerment. There are billions of people out there who haven’t had the ability to empower themselves. It’s not because they’re not capable, it’s because they haven’t had the opportunity." - J. Jobanputra, The Observer, August 2014
  • "Even if there’s hype around something new, I look for a nugget that can grow into something interesting and sustainable. I remember sitting in a conference room at Lehman in ’95 for the Netscape IPO. There was a sense of, “That’s a different way of looking at the organization of information and providing access to information to people who haven’t had access before.” I see a lot that at the core of bitcoin. " - J. Jobanputra, The Observer, August 2014
  • "This whole idea in the longer term of having an identity that you have different assets associated with and can transact with, that is very attractive as we get to a more global and cross-border world." - J. Jobanputra, CoinDesk, July 2015
  • "People are incentivized to create value through participation- that is something that is so different from limiting access through legacy technologies." - J. Jobanputra, Consensus, May 2017
  • "We’ll continue to see more companies across more industries in 2018 take a look at how blockchain technology can create efficiencies (and potentially new business models in the future)." - J. Jobanputra, CoinDesk, January 2018
  • "New technologies including fraud protection, data analytics to assess risk, direct to consumer lending marketplaces and other recent innovations have supplanted the role of the banks and deemed them less and less relevant in the eyes of the millennials. The advent of the blockchain will speed up this process." - J. Jobanputra, The Barefoot VC, July 2015
  • "I believe that cryptocurrencies (which are built on blockchain tech) emerging as an asset class are just one application of blockchain technology. Bitcoin at $10K and a cryptocurrency combined market cap of $300B is only an introduction to what the underlying technology means in terms of value creation." - J. Jobanputra, The Barefoot VC, November 2017
  • "We need to remember that many questions remain and we have to collectively resolve non-technical components of this emerging technology, including governance." - J. Jobanputra, The Barefoot VC, July 2017

SALT Talks: NFTs

SALT Talks \ February 2021

Facebook’s Libra

Real Vision \ August 2019

Bitcoin Fails First Real Test as Safe Haven Asset

Cheddar \ March 2020

India’s Supreme Court Lifts Crypto Ban, Ending Two-Year Battle

Cheddar \ March 2020

2020 CES – EY and Jalak Jobanputra

CES \ 2020

Cryptocurrency Bear Market Taking a Toll on VC Valuations: Jalak Jobanputra

Fortune Ledger \ Feb 2019

Discussing the changes in the cryptocurrency market

CNBC \ January 2019

Strong Opinions Loosely Held, Interview with Jalak Jobanputra

June 2018

Jalak Jobanputra on Fox Business, Mornings with Maria

FOX Business \ February 2018

Jalak Jobanputra, MIT Blockchain Conference 2017

MIT Blockchain Conference \ 2017

Bet on Chinese Middle Class?

CNBC Alibaba IPO \ September 2014

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a world where current constraints and borders disappear through technology enabled connectivity. Where all 7 billion people in the world have equal access to information and services, so that all human potential can be unleashed to create a better world.

WE BELIEVE…

that decentralization ensuing from the combination of people and machines, and peer-to-peer connectivity, will lead to an enhanced experience for all of humanity. The 21st century will see solutions to our greatest challenges, and life-enhancing innovations that we can’t even imagine today.

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TRUE TO OUR NAME, FUTURE\PERFECT VENTURES IS INVESTING IN THE FUTURE, TODAY.

THEMES

We partner with entrepreneurs who share our core values and passion to create a better world. We invest early, working closely with founding teams and our network to help build the next generation of impactful technology companies.  Here are the stories of some of our entrepreneurs.

We are investing in companies building technology that will be game-changing, ubiquitous and indispensable.  Our team has a strong track record of identifying and building next generation companies globally.  Below are themes that we are most interested in as we look at the next 10 years.

PORTFOLIO HIGHLIGHTS

Store, trade, and invest in crypto.

In the News

Crypto Wallet and Exchange Company Blockchain.com Raises $120 Million (February 17, 2021)

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Global payments infrastructure built for mobile.

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Payments Startup Celo Raises $20M From a16z, Electric Capital (February 10, 2021)


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A leading marketplace for digital collectibles in arts & entertainment.

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Curio Announces Funding; NFT Platform Receives $1.2M in Oversubscribed Seed Round to Fuel Expansion (March 5, 2021)

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Fee-free premium financial services for modern life.

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Mobile Banking App Current Raises $131M Series C, Tops 2 Million Members (November 24, 2020)

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APIs for a vibrant decentralized future.

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Blockchain Data Indexer 'The Graph' to Support Polkadot, Solana, NEAR and Celo (February 18, 2021)

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Share data and code with partners in real time.

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Vendia Announces $15.5M Series A Funding and Launches Vendia Series for Developers (February 3, 2021)

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PRIOR INVESTMENTS

FOUNDING PARTNER

 jj_lgJALAK JOBANPUTRA

Jalak Jobanputra is Founding Partner of Future\Perfect Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund in NYC focused on next generation technology such as blockchain and machine learning. FPV’s portfolio includes Abra, Blockstream, Bitpesa, Fusemachines, Everledger and Blockchain. Jalak was awarded Institutional Investor’s Most Powerful Fintech Dealmakers from 2016-2018. In May 2018, Jobanputra was awarded Microsoft’s VC Trailblazer Award for “her early and bold” investments in the sector. She has been listed as a 100 Most Influential Fintech Leader of 2016 and 2017 based on her investment strategy at FPV. In 2017, she was cited as a “Top 5 Investor Powering the Blockchain Boom” and Crunchbase noted FPV as one of the top VC funds in blockchain “before it was cool.” Since founding the firm, she has spoken on blockchain technology, IoT, and artificial intelligence at many global conferences, including the Milken Global Institute, Dutch Development Bank/FMO Annual Meeting, and The Economist Buttonwood Gathering. She also founded Collective Future, an organization to foster diversity and inclusion in the nascent blockchain sector. FPV’s incubator FPV Labs was selected by the NYC Economic Development Corporation in January 2019 to operate the NYC Blockchain Center, a unique private-public partnership formed to serve as an access point to the growing blockchain ecosystem and collaborate with elected officials on policy initiatives.

Prior to FPV, Jobanputra was the Director of Emerging Market Mobile Investments at Omidyar Network, a philanthrocapitalist fund started by Pierre Omidyar, co-founder of eBay. Previously, she worked at Intel Capital investing in enterprise software in Silicon Valley from 1999-2003, as well as New Venture Partners and the NYC Investment Fund where she formed one of NYC’s first seed funds and helped establish the Fintech Innovation Lab in 2010. She started her career as a media/tech/telecom investment banker in NYC and London. Jobanputra is also active in supporting education reform and social entrepreneurship. She served as a Trustee of Achievement First Bushwick Charter Schools (Brooklyn). She is on the Board of Directors for the Center for an Urban Future, Advisory Board of L’Oreal’s Women in Digital Initiative, member of Mayor DeBlasio’s Broadband Taskforce, and former Access to Capital Committee member of the US Secretary of State Clinton Women’s Leadership Council. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with a B.S. in Economics (concentration in Finance) from The Wharton School and a B.A. in Communications from the Annenberg School. She received her MBA from Kellogg in 1999. Her full bio can be found here, and she has been active on twitter since 2007 at @jalak.

PRESS

INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

“We have all this data being collected by our devices, and the next generation of interesting companies is going to figure out how to sift through it in a way that’s more seamless and beneficial to the user.

Even if there’s hype around something new, I look for a nugget that can grow into something interesting and sustainable. I remember sitting in a conference room at Lehman in ’95 for the Netscape IPO.

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The Joe Robert Show / February 2021

The Evolution of Blockchain; Are You Prepared?

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Randi Zuckerberg / January 2021

The Future of Blockchain

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Wharton FinTech / June 2020

Investing in the Blockchain

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Base Layer / January 2020

Jalak Jobanputra on the Digital Asset and Blockchain World

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Unchained / February 2019

Why Future Perfect Ventures Did Not Invest in ICOs

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CoinDesk / June 2020

Blockchain Entrepreneurs Talk Financial Inclusion on Juneteenth

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The Inquisitive VC / May 2020

An Interview With Jalak Jobanputra

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CoinDesk / April 2020

How Edge Computing Can Make Us More Resilient in a Crisis

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BREAKER Magazine / November 2018

The Developing World Will Lead the Way, Says One of Blockchain’s First VCs

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SALT Talks / February 2021

Venture Capital (The Full Interview)

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Real Vision: The Crypto Gathering / June 2020

Ash Bennington Interviews Jalak Jobanputra

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Techonomy / August 2020

Tech + Blockchain Economy: The Internet of Value & Money

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Yahoo! Finance / October 2019

Venture Capitalist on Investing in Bitcoin: ‘I’ve never seen anything like this’

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Real Vision Finance / August 2019

Facebook’s New Business Model – Libra

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Cheddar / March 2020

India’s Supreme Court Lifts Crypto Ban, Ending Two-Year Battle

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MIT Blockchain Conference / April 2017

Business of Blockchain

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Institutional Investor / December 2016

Why the Next 5 Years Are Going to Be Great for Fintech Investing

WRITINGS

Bitcoin

BITCOIN: RESILIENCE IN CRISIS

The Barefoot VC \ May 2020

As investors try to navigate the COVID-19 world, they’re taking a hard look at their portfolios and solving for the new normal. In the midst of highly volatile traditional financial markets, savvy investors are searching for new avenues for not only higher returns, but the best risk-adjusted ones as well.

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Technology

HOW EDGE COMPUTING CAN MAKE US MORE RESILIENT IN A CRISIS

CoinDesk \ April 2020

“Edge computing” has been heralded as a way to increase access to real-time information and to analyze that information more efficiently. But in this moment of public health crisis, we should recognize a potentially significant opportunity that these technologies offer beyond efficiency: the ability of edge computing to weather massive disruption.

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Digital Currencies

FOMO IN WASHINGTON DC: MNUCHIN, TRUMP AND TOMORROW’S LIBRA HEARING

The Barefoot VC \ July 2019

The last time I wrote was on the eve of Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra announcement. At this time tomorrow, the US congress will have held its first hearing on the matter. It’s been quite an active few weeks – Bitcoin reached highs over $13K at one point before retreating back to the $10K mark (still nearly 3x higher than its lows earlier this year). The SEC provided more guidance on crypto custody (echoing much of what was said in FinCEN’s guidance which I covered back in May) and qualified the first Reg A blockchain offerings.

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Blockchain

TOKEN THOUGHTS ON THE BLOCKCHAIN BOOM

The Barefoot VC \ July 2017

There is also a lot of buzz about ICO’s, or initial coin offerings, a new asset class of cryptocurrencies being issued in crowdsales to fund development of projects on top of Bitcoin or Ethereum (or in some cases, entirely new protocols).  I spoke at the inaugural Ethereal Summit in Brooklyn on May 19th on this topic, stating that there is undoubtedly a bubble in the market, driven by speculation.  I also said that I think these ICO’s can eventually change the world.

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Fintech

ARE BANKS THE NEXT DINOSAURS?

The Barefoot VC \ October 2015

Last week, I spoke at The Economist’s Buttonwood Gathering in NYC about how emerging markets (and Africa in particular) are leapfrogging innovation in the financial services sector. The most documented example of this is M-Pesa’s mobile money platform in Kenya, which I have written about a few times on this blog, including in my thesis piece When Third is First.

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Impact Investing

RETHINKING IMPACT INVESTING

The Barefoot VC \ July 2015

Impact investing, venture philanthropy and social entrepreneurship are all areas in practice and theory that have been close to my heart for years. As regular readers of my blog know, I was born in Nairobi and grew up visiting the developing world in the 1980s, after my family moved to the United States.

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Emerging Markets

WHEN THIRD IS FIRST

The Barefoot VC \ June 2015

In 2011, I wrote about Jugaad, according to Wikipedia “a colloquial Hindi word that can mean an innovative fix or a simple work-around”. I noted in the blog post that Jugaad is “now an acceptable management technique…and also applies to any kind of creative and out of the box thinking which maximizes resources for a company and its stakeholders”.

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Decentralization

SMART DATA, DIVERSITY AND OUR DECENTRALIZED FUTURE

The Barefoot VC \ January 2015

In 2011, I wrote about Jugaad, according to Wikipedia “a colloquial Hindi word that can mean an innovative fix or a simple work-around”. I noted in the blog post that Jugaad is “now an acceptable management technique…and also applies to any kind of creative and out of the box thinking which maximizes resources for a company and its stakeholders”.

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Bitcoin

BITCOIN AT $10K – THE BEGINNING

The Barefoot VC \ November 2018

The price of bitcoin reached $10K earlier today.  Over the years I have seen a significant change in conversations around virtual currencies (“it’s for drug dealers!”; “there’s no underlying asset!”; “it’s a fraud!” to “how do I buy bitcoin”?;“can you help me look at this ICO?”) and we are no doubt at the cusp of more widespread acceptance of the concept.  It’s important to note that a fair amount of the recent capital in the market is driven by speculation from the astronomical returns that cryptocurrencies have achieved in 2017, and a “fear of missing out” (FOMO).

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