TEAM

Grit is a community of technologists and builders with a vision for a better future.

Jennifer Gill Roberts

Co-Founder, Managing Partner

Jennifer helps build companies that are pioneering automation and transforming logistics in core industries. She leads Grit's investment focus in AI-powered Robotics and serves on the boards of Agtonomy, Cognitive Space and RIOS.

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.

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, Chapman University, UC Santa Cruz, and Stanford.

As an early champion of women entrepreneurs, Jennifer co-founded Watermark in 1992. She has been dedicated to creating opportunities for women in technology ever since.

About me:

I grew up in Berkeley in the 70s. In the 5th grade I learned Swahili, Transcendental Meditation, and had a pen pal at San Quentin Prison.

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 Eat What You Want cookbook.

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Christy Cardenas

Managing Partner

Christy is an early-stage builder in the real asset and infrastructure space. She focuses her time on clean energy and logistics, in addition to AI and data platforms.

Christy is a CPA and has $12 billion in transaction experience. Prior to venture, in large-scale private equity, she invested with First Reserve ($30B AUM, now BlackRock) and Arroyo Energy ($500M AUM, spun out of JP Morgan) in the ongoing clean energy revolution across energy and power infrastructure sectors. Focus spanned the value chain, including solar, wind, biomass, energy efficiency, hydrogen fuel cells, and transportation, among others. Christy started her career in energy investment banking at Citi in New York during the last credit crisis, working on a variety of M&A, IPO and debt issuances across the upstream, midstream, oilfield services and petrochemical sectors.

Christy has also enjoyed roles at Mercury Fund and Ecliptic Capital, and continues to serve in an Advisory role to both firms.

Christy is intimately familiar with both economic and technological transformations, investing throughout the ongoing energy revolution across the capital markets. She is investing in similar transformations across many sectors, all in support of a better future.

About me:

Texas Hill Country native. In love with Austin!

Can't stop, won't stop, when it comes to crosswords and word games (Wordle!).

Obsessed with data and design.

Married, one kid, a crippling inability to cook and a strong thirst for fiction.

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INDUSTRY ADVISORS

Grit engages industry advisors to collaborate in support of the Grit Ventures portfolio and Grit Labs. Grit Industry Advisors have deep expertise spanning industrial automation, defense, AI, construction and energy.