Jesse is a co-founder of Borealis Ventures and a member of the firm’s Built Environment Investment Team.
He leverages his hands-on operating experience and industry contacts to source and nurture innovative companies applying technology to design, build and improve our world. Currently he is involved with
the firm’s investments in Blokable, Builtr Labs, Courbanize, Dandelion Energy, Flux, Honest Buildings, Measurabl and SmartVid. Additionally, Jesse serves as a Mentor for MIT’s DesignX, the Urban-X accelerator focused on Smart Cities as a Service and as an Advisor at DreamIT Urban Tech.
Previously he led Borealis’ investments in Envista Software (acquired by Accela), Handmark (acquired by Sprint), IrisMaps (acquired by OmniEarth), Newforma (acquired by Battery Ventures), Scribe Software (acquired by The Mustang Group), SketchUp (acquired by Google), SpaceClaim (acquired by ANSYS), TinkerCad (acquired by Autodesk) and VICO Software (acquired by Trimble).
Prior to co-founding Borealis Ventures, Jesse served as an executive in two public application software companies – Softdesk EVP/President and as the first Autodesk VP of AEC. He is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and completed his military service as a member of the White House Communications Agency.