J. Skyler Fernandes
Skyler Fernandes is the founding Managing Director of Simon Venture Group (SVG), the venture capital arm of Simom Property Group, which invests in the future innovation of retail, including in-store and online/mobile shopping technology, logistics, internet of things, and data analytics. SVG makes investments between $250K-$5M+ in early stage to high growth companies (Seed through Series C+ rounds) that are both directly and indirectly strategic to Simon Property Group, an S&P 100 company, and the largest commercial real estate company in the US.
Previously, Mr. Fernandes was a Partner at Centripetal Capital Partners, a multi-stage venture capital fund, focused on consumer internet, online services / marketplaces, enterprise SaaS, and commercializable high-tech. Mr. Fernandes is also an active angel investor and has a blog, One Match Ventures, where he shares key insight and entrepreneur resources.
Mr. Fernandes gave the first Ted Talk on Venture Capital: Innovating the Financing of Innovation, and has developed a number of key entrepreneur resources, such as The "Best" Startup Pitch Deck, and Top 10 Lies Entrepreneurs Tell Investors.
Mr. Fernandes leads a number of global initiatives, including the Missing Middle Initiative, launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos, focused on creating funds that invest $100K-$3M, a critical financing gap for early-mid stage businesses globally. Mr. Fernandes graduated a year early from New York University summa cum laude, due to his studies at Harvard University in Quantum Physics.
Mr. Fernandes is a frequent speaker on venture capital and entrepreneurship at such venues as, Harvard Business School, NYU, Columbia University, Wharton Business School, FundingPost, CROWDFUNDx, The Stamford Innovation Center, New York Venture Summit, The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NASDAQ, and The United Nations.