Jeff Wallace

Jeff Wallace

Founder of Silicon Valley in Your Pocket, an online platform allowing global founders to access SV content, coaching & connections as they build viable businesses. Advisor at UC Berkeley's startup incubator, SkyDeck Investor in SkyDeck Fund.

San Francisco, California, United States
Accredited investor
Member since September 19, 2019
Jeff is a long-time Silicon Valley founder and investor who now dedicates his time to helping founders around the world get their businesses to market Quote_down
  • About
1987 Rutgers College , BA , Economics-Finance
1992 UC Berkeley - Haas School of Business , MBA , Strategy-Entrepreneurship-Technology
mentorship, coaching, go to market, strategy, business models, business development, partnerships

I am a(n):


Companies I've founded or co-founded:
Global Kinetics Inc., Silicon Valley in Your Pocket, Pelican Parnters, Vivido Labs
Companies I work or worked for:
Cognizant Technology Solutions, Creata USA
Achievements (products built, personal awards won):

Professional keynote speaker at dozens of conferences across the world

Selected as a judge for countless startup pitch events

Awarded prestigious BridgeGate 20 Award and named one of Southern California's top 20 business leaders and "difference makers" in the IT and new media community

If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

I want to help entrepreneurs the world over to bring their innovative solutions to market

My favorite startups:

Silicon Valley In Your Pocket

Why did you start your company or why do you want to innovate inside your company?

To help global founders learn the best practices of Silicon Valley in order to help them accelerate their time to market

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Frustrating: the lack of understanding about how hard it is to be an entrepreneur and to bring an innovative idea/offering to market

Rewarding: the ability to truly change the world and/or help others to do so

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

Believing that money is the one, most important, thing they need to succeed

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

It always takes longer than you think
The fastest path to fundraising success is traction
Mentors can make a world of difference and are eager to help

Full bio
Jeff Wallace is a long-time Silicon Valley, Bay Area resident who for many years has dedicated himself to serving the needs of companies, both locally and abroad, in their understanding of how to best deploy mobile technology and create an environment for innovation and disruption. Additionally, he consults with global startup ecosystems, including governments, corporations and startup accelerators/entrepreneurs, to help catalyze startup environments and to create a bridge for global startup entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley.
Jeff is President of Global Kinetics, a Bay Area based corporate advisor & market development partner to early-to-mid stage clients seeking to establish or expand operations within the U.S. He is co-founder of Silicon Valley in Your Pocket, an online platform allowing global entrepreneurs to access Silicon Valley content, coaching & connections as they build viable businesses. In addition, he is a Founding Investor, former President / Managing Partner of Batchery, a global incubator for seed stage startups. Jeff is a SkyAdvisor at UC Berkeley's startup incubator, SkyDeck, and an investor in SkyDeck Fund. He is also a member of the Berkeley Angel Network, an angel investment group comprised of alumni and faculty of UC Berkeley. He is a mentor to several startup accelerators where he advises early stage companies. He is an active angel investor. Previously, he worked for Cognizant as founder & Global Head for Mobility, IoT & UX practice areas. He is a frequent keynote speaker at global technology and startup conferences. Jeff earned a BA in Economics from Rutgers College & an MBA in Strategy, Entrepreneurship & Technology from UC Berkeley.