Karl Jacob Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel

  • Status
  • Active

  • Professionals
  • 1


  • Investments
  • 58

  • Portfolio
  • 17

  • Exits
  • 40


Karl Jacob General Information


Mr. Karl Jacob serves as Advisor at 500friends. Mr. Karl Jacob serves as the Managing Partner at Elixir Fund. He Co-Founded and served as Chief Executive Officer at Hangtime. He served as an Advisor, Circle Member at Founders Circle Capital. Karl is a serial entrepreneur and has been building and advising companies for the last 18 years. He also worked as a manager at Sun Microsystems and an executive at Microsoft. In his career, Jacob raised over $200 million from prestigious investors like Amerindo, Microsoft, eBay, Integral Partners, Norwest Ventures, Bay Partners, Benchmark Capital, Deutsche Bank, Ignition Partners, Vulcan Ventures and others. He started four companies from no revenue to significant revenues or being acquired. One of his companies, Dimension X, was acquired by Microsoft in 1997; and another, Keen (now Ingenio), was acquired by AT&T in 2007. Companies with Jacob as CEO have generated over $300 million in returns to investors and over $150 million in revenue per year. He has received numerous awards, including being named one of BusinessWeek's top ten up-and-comers. Previously, he took Cloudmark from no revenue and $50,000 in investment to $16 million in investment and millions in revenue. Prior to this, Jacob joined Benchmark Capital as an entrepreneur-in-residence and was charged with creating the "next big thing," which ended up being Keen, where he was CEO and President until May of 2002. While at Keen, Jacob led the company to be credited as one of the fastest growing ecommerce companies in history and recognized by Fortune as a Cool Company. Karl has advised and been a board member at several companies including Facebook, Dimension X, Keen, Cloudmark, IMMI, Protector USA and REAL Kiteboarding. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from University of Southern California, where he sits on the school's board of counselors for the School of Engineering.

Business Details

Investor Status
Actively Seeking New Investments
Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Corporate Office
  • San Francisco, CA
  • United States
+1 (415) 000-0000

Karl Jacob Investments (58)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
YPulse 30-Jun-2023 Later Stage VC 00.00 Media and Information Services (B2B) Startup 0000 00000
Boomerang 12-May-2022 0000 00000 00.00 Other Services (B2C Non-Financial) Generating Revenue 0000 00000
Bitesize 04-Apr-2019 0000 00000 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 0000 00000
Pay By Group 13-Oct-2016 0000 00000 00.00 Financial Software Generating Revenue 0000 00000
BacklotCars 27-Oct-2015 00000 (00000 000 Road Generating Revenue 0000 00000
Pixtasy 10-Feb-2015 00000 (00000 Media and Information Services (B2B) Out of Business 0000 00000
Shippo 18-Sep-2014 0000 00000 000 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 0000 00000
HandUp 16-Jul-2014 0000 00000 00000 Financial Software Generating Revenue 0000 00000
AwesomeSauce Labs 01-May-2014 Early Stage VC 0000 Electronics (B2C) Out of Business 0000 00000
Boostable 23-Apr-2014 Seed Round 00.00 Media and Information Services (B2B) Generating Revenue 0000 00000

Karl Jacob Exits (40)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
Pay By Group 25-Jan-2022 Merger/Acquisition
Everlane 01-Aug-2021 000000000 00000000
Tessel (Electronic Equipment and Instruments) 30-Mar-2021 000 00 00000000
Pixtasy 25-Mar-2021 000 00 00000000
BacklotCars 12-Nov-2020 000000000000000000 00000
DoubleDutch 10-Jun-2019 0000000000
Boost Media 24-Apr-2019 000000000000000000
Decisive 01-Mar-2018 000 00 00000000
HandUp 10-Oct-2017 Merger/Acquisition
AwesomeSauce Labs 01-Oct-2017 Out of Business

Karl Jacob Investments by Industry, Year, and Region

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Karl Jacob Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office
Karl Jacob Angel Investor 00 San Francisco, CA

Karl Jacob Co-Investors (27)

Name With Exits Lead Partner Series Industry
BlueRun Ventures 1 0 Series chart Industry bar
Jonah Goodhart 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Notable Capital 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Relay Ventures 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
SeventySix Capital 0 0 Series chart Industry bar

Karl Jacob FAQs

  • Who is Karl Jacob?

    Karl Jacob is an angel Investor who has made 58 investments.

  • What kind of investor is Karl Jacob?

    Karl Jacob is an angel investor.

  • What does Karl Jacob do?

    As an angel investor, Karl Jacob invests personal money into promising companies, typically in exchange for equity.

  • How many board seats does Karl Jacob hold?

    Karl Jacob holds a board seat in GoGrid.

  • What has Karl Jacob invested in?

    Karl Jacob has made numerous investments in companies like YPulse, Boomerang, and Bitesize within the Media and Information Services (B2B), Services (B2C Non-Financial), and Business/Productivity Software industries.

  • What has Karl Jacob invested in recently?

    Karl Jacob's latest investment was on 30-Jun-2023 in YPulse, a company within the Media and Information Services (B2B) industry.

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