J. Skyler Fernandes is ranked as a Powerlist 100VC and is the Managing Director of Cleveland Avenue, a VC/PE fund focused on the food space, co-founded with the former CEO & President of McDonald's. www.ClevelandAvenue.com
He is also the Founder of One Match Ventures (www.OneMatchVentures.com), his personal angel fund and platform for sharing entrepreneurial resources, and the co-founder of Venture University (www.Venture.University), a trade school for venture capital, private equity, and entrepreneurship.
Previously, Mr. Fernandes founded and was the former Managing Director of Simon Venture Group (SVG), the venture capital arm of Simon Property Group, an S&P 100 company, and the largest retail real estate company in the world. SVG is ranked by CB Insights as a top 5 corporate venture group (along side Google Ventures, Intel Capital, and Comcast Ventures) within retail and focuses on investing $250K-$5M+ in retail technology, rising new brands, and internet of things for smart cities / buildings. For more information on Simon Venture Group, go to: www.SimonVentureGroup.com
Mr. Fernandes has developed key entrepreneur resources, such as "The Best Startup Pitch Deck", a top ranked investor pitch deck template online, viewed and downloaded over 450,000 times and used by accelerators and business schools. Mr. Fernandes also co-founded with his wife the #1 startup / VC board game, "The Next Big Thing: The Game of Entrepreneurship", http://www.nextbigthingboardgame.com/
Mr. Fernandes graduated early from New York University (NYU), summa cum laude, due to his studies at Harvard University in Physics and Foreign Policy. Mr. Fernandes is an adjunct professor at NYU, teaching Venture Capital Intensive, is on the board and faculty of Bard's MBA, and is a frequent speaker on venture capital at Harvard Business School and Wharton Business School. Mr. Fernandes also gave a TEDx Talk on Venture Capital, called "Innovating the Financing of Innovation".