can Make or Break your company!"
~ Jeremy Glaser, Co-Chair Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Practice
"The SmartMoney team's knowledge in the fundraising space and your ability to convey information to us has made me more comfortable in this new land, in this new environment, and I'm feeling that we're on better footing because of the things that SmartMoney StartUps has done to communicate to us how the world of fundraising and investors mindsets work."
- Chris Fawcett, Founder and CEO of StickShift
J.D. is one of the most accomplished startup dealmakers in the world. He has completed well over $1 Billion in financial transactions over the last 25 years. This includes raising money from Venture Capital firms, Angel investors, and Strategic Corporate Investors as well as completing IPOs and mergers and acquisitions – both from the buy side and the sell side of the deal.
J.D. has served on the management teams of 8 VC backed startups and 3 of those companies completed successful IPOs and 3 of them were acquired by large corporations. In a market where the success rate for startup companies is less than 15%, J.D.’s success rate of 75% places him squarely into an elite class of startup dealmakers that understand how to get deals done.
Now, J.D. has dedicated his life to helping thousands of entrepreneurs raise money, build great companies, and close exit events that generate huge financial returns for entrepreneurs and their investors. Companies that work closely with J.D. are able to transform from merely "good entrepreneurs" into Accomplished Dealmakers. The difference is 85% of "good entrepreneurs" simply have never been taught how to navigate the waters of fundraising and exit. J.D. helps good entrepreneurs become part of the "Elite 15%" who break out of the pack and deliver a financial return to their investors' cash investments and to their teams for their hard work and sweat equity.