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Jodi Sherman Jahic, Managing Partner
Jodi has been investing in early-stage technology companies for over 18 years and is a noted wireless technology expert. A meticulous designer of market strategies and a fierce ally of entrepreneurial founders, Jodi is recognized for her thought leadership in go-to-market strategies for early-stage companies.
Prior to co-founding Aligned Partners in 2011, Jodi led the wireless sector for Voyager Capital and was co-founder and Managing Director of SCG, a pledge fund headquartered in San Francisco focusing on capital-efficient investments.
Jodi was selected as a Kauffman Fellow at Battery Ventures, where she sourced and led investments in wireless data and semiconductor process control companies. Before entering the venture capital business in the late 90's, Jodi was on the founding team of three startups in North America and Europe, and she worked in the technology industry group at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).
Jodi graduated magna cum laude from Pomona College with a degree in STS/Physics, and she holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is a columnist in venture publications and is co-author of a 2007 book on venture capital investing. Jodi's innovative work in resourceful entrepreneurship and market strategy has been profiled in case studies taught at leading business schools.
Jodi lives in San Francisco with her husband (also a technology executive) and their two daughters. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and the Bay Area Board of Defy Ventures, and on the Finance Committee of The Kitchen and the External Technology Advisory Board of Accenture. Follow her at @jodij.
Susan Mason, Managing Partner
Susan has 28 years of operating, management, and venture capital experience. Prior to co-founding Aligned Partners in 2011, she spent 15 years with ONSET Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm with $1 billion under management located in Menlo Park, California. Susan has specialized in investing in the information technology area, specifically communications and security. As an investor and board member, Susan has played a pivotal role in the development of companies including Securent, Alteon, Gadzoox, SilverTail Systems, Actineon, and many others.
Prior to joining ONSET Ventures as a Kauffman Fellow in 1996, Susan held positions in high-technology engineering, marketing and business development. She led a highly successful consulting practice, helping Fortune 1000 corporations capitalize on emerging markets and technologies. Early in her career, she held positions in marketing and engineering design of high-performance systems and microprocessors for Fujitsu Microelectronics, Fairchild Semiconductor and NCR Microelectronics.
Susan received a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a regular guest speaker on entrepreneurial topics at Stanford University, UCLA and many local events in Silicon Valley.
She is a founding board member of the Center for Venture Education, which operates the Kauffman Fellows Program. She has served as its Chairman for the past four years and continues to serve on the board. She also serves on the board of Sustainable Community Gardens, a non-profit which operates community gardens and an 11-acre farm providing education and delivery of quality fruits and vegetables to low-income children and adults in Sunnyvale, CA.