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Jennifer Gill Roberts

Co-Founder, Managing Partner

Jennifer leads Grit’s investment team and helps build companies that are pioneering automation and logistics and transforming core industries.

Before founding Grit, Jennifer spent several decades as a technologist, repeat entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Jennifer started her venture career at top tier firm, Sevin Rosen Funds, where she co-led the telecom practice, investing in seed-stage market-leading companies in optical and wireless equipment including Ciena (NYSE:CIEN) Diamond Lane Communications (Nokia), MontereyNetworks (Cisco), Lightspeed (Cisco), Sentient (Cisco), Metawave communications(MTWV), Everypath, Shomiti (Finisar), and Kabira (Tibco).

Jennifer is devoted to serving universities through formal and informal advisor roles.Jennifer chairs Grit's Academic Council and is on numerous Advisory Councils at the University of Texas at Austin, Indiana University, UC Santa Cruz, andStanford.

Asan early champion of women entrepreneurs, Jennifer co-founded Watermark in1992. She has been dedicated to creating opportunities for women in technology ever since.

About me:

I grew up in Berkeley in the 70s. In the5th grade I learned Swahili, Transcendental Meditation, and had a pen pal at San Quentin Prison. I also hung out at the Lawrence Hall of Science where I learned entomology and coding.

My father was one of the original founders and VCs in Silicon Valley and he influenced my passion for technology and entrepreneurship. My parents are Texans and I since my mother was a teacher, we spent every summer of my childhood in Houston,Galveston and East Texas.

I have three adult children. None of them have pursued technical or business careers. My husband and I have watched thousands of movies, so maybe we shouldn't be surprised that our son decided to become a screenwriter. I love to cook. Right now, I'm making every recipe in Gaby's three cookbooks. I also love biking, hiking and just enjoying nature. My husband and I are working our way through National Parks in the US.

Current Companies

Tortuga Tortuga DiligentCanvas RoboticsRIOSTortuga

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