J. Skyler Fernandes, Venture Capitalist & Angel Investor
J. Skyler Fernandes is ranked as a Powerlist 100VC and is the founder of One Match Ventures, his personal angel fund and platform for sharing entrepreneurial resources.
Mr. Fernandes is the founder and former Managing Director of Simon Venture Group (SVG), the venture capital arm of Simon Property Group, an S&P 100 company and largest retail real estate company in the world. SVG focuses on investing in the future innovation of retail, including retail technology, rising new brands, and internet of things for smart cities / buildings. SVG makes investments between $250K-$5M+ (Seed through Series C+), which are both directly and indirectly strategic to Simon, retailers/brands, and the overall retail industry.
Previously, Mr. Fernandes was at Centripetal Capital Partners, a multi-stage opportunistic venture capital fund that invests across a wide range of industries.
Mr. Fernandes has developed a number of key entrepreneur resources, such as the #1 startup / VC board game, The Next Big Thing: The Game of Entrepreneurship, the #1 investor pitch deck template online, “The “Best” Startup Pitch Deck” (viewed and downloaded over 450,000+ times and used by top accelerators and business schools), Top 10 Lies Entrepreneurs Tell Investors, and #1 googled image for IRR Analysis.
Mr. Fernandes graduated early from New York University summa cum laude, due to his studies at Harvard University in Physics & Foreign Policy. Mr. Fernandes is an adjunct professor at NYU where he teaches Venture Capital Intensive and is a frequent speaker on the topics of entrepreneurship, venture capital, and corporate venture capital, at venues such as Harvard Business School, New York University, Wharton Business School, and a number of startup / VC conferences.