More About Jeff
Jeff Jordan is a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz where he serves on the boards of Accolade (NASDAQ:ACCD), Airbnb (NASDAQ:ABNB), Codi, Incredible Health, Infinite Athlete, Instacart (NASDAQ:CART), Foodology, Lookout, Neighbor, OfferUp, Pinterest (NYSE:PINS), PrismsVR, Shef, and Wonderschool.
He was previously CEO and then executive chairman of OpenTable, where he led the company during a period of accelerated domestic and international growth and oversaw its initial public offering during one of the longest tech IPO droughts in recent history. Prior to OpenTable, Jeff was Senior Vice President and General Manager of eBay North America where he oversaw eBay’s early growth into one of the Internet’s leading commerce brands. In this role, he drove the successful acquisitions of PayPal and Half.com and went on to become President of PayPal, where he was responsible for establishing the company as the global standard for online payments.
Before joining eBay, Jeff was chief financial officer of Hollywood Entertainment and president of Reel.com. He also worked as Senior Vice President of finance for The Disney Stores at The Walt Disney Company, and prior held various positions at the Boston Consulting Group.
Jeff holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a BA in Political Science and Psychology from Amherst College. Jeff is an active mentor and leader in the Bay Area community. He serves on the boards of the DAPER Investment Fund, The GSB Trust, and the Stanford School of Engineering Advisory Council. He also runs a regular basketball game that connects young people and established tech industry vets.
In the news:
Fortune: Lessons from the VC Who’s Seen it all Before
How Jeff Jordan is applying what he learned during his time at Disney, eBay, and OpenTable to help founders at Airbnb, Pinterest, and Instacart
Jeff Jordan reminisces about his decision to back the start-up Instacart, as the grocery giant prepares to go public.
While it can be easy to see the CFO as a “scorekeeper,” a great CFO actually puts points on the board by strategically and opportunistically growing your company.
a16z General Partner Jeff Jordan writes about his 12 years at the venture capital firm and what he's planning to do next.
If you’ve run a high-growth company, you know that office space decisions are a nightmare. You are forced to anchor your growth assumption in cement–literally–for a typical lease term of seven years.
It seems like investors are especially obsessed with the psychology of decision making — high stakes, after all — but all kinds of decisions, whether in life or business — like dating, product management, what to eat or watch on Netflix — are an “investment portfolio” of decisions… even if you sometimes feel like you’re making one big decision at a time (like, say, marriage or what product to develop next or who to hire). Obviously, not all decisions are equal; in fact, sometimes we don’t even have to spend any time deciding. So how do we know which decisions to apply a robust decision process too, which ones not to? What are the strategies, mindsets, tools to help us decide? How can we operationalize a good decision process and decision hygiene into our teams and organizations? After all, we’re tribal creatures — our opinions are infectious (for better and for worse) — so how do we convey vs. convince, and not necessarily agree but inform to decide? Especially given common pitfalls (resulting, hindsight bias, etc.), and “the paradox of experience”, including even (and more so) winning vs. losing. Decision expert (and leading poker player) Annie Duke comes back on the a16z Podcast — after our first conversation with her for Thinking in Bets, which focused mainly on WHY our decision making gets so frustrated — to talk about her new book, which picks up where the last left off, on HOW to Decide: Simple Tools for Better Choices. In conversation with a16z managing partner Jeff Jordan (and former CEO of OpenTable and former GM of eBay among other things) — so, from all sides of investing, operating, life — Annie shares tips for decision makers of all kinds making decisions under uncertainty… really, all of us.