Jack Fowler

Partner, Capital Markets. Menlo Park.

Jack joined Lightspeed in 2024 and leads the Capital Markets business. In this role he works on liquidity strategy and opportunistic secondary transactions. Most recently, he built and led the private secondary market trading business for Goldman Sachs partnering with institutional investors and founders on discreet secondary block trades. His team also worked closely with companies on company sponsored employee liquidity events and tenders. While at Goldman Jack was a board member for NPM (Nasdaq Private Markets).

Before joining Goldman, Jack was an early employee at fintech company Forge (formerly Equidate), joining shortly after the Series A and primarily focused on BD and Partnerships. Earlier in his career, he held leadership roles for Deutsche Bank and BlackRock in San Francisco and London.

Jack has always enjoyed building businesses and teams. In his last three positions, he created a role and job that may not have previously existed, incubating process, strategy and ultimately getting to execution. The biggest lesson he’s learned along the way? The importance of a strong culture. “Long hours and the roller coaster of startup life increases the need to be surrounded by great people looking for solutions and pushing in the same direction,” said Jack. “Empathy, a commitment to teamwork and humor can help get through a lot of challenging moments.”

A Calvin Coolidge quote on persistence that Jack discovered in college made a lasting impression and has helped drive how he approaches life and career: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On!’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

Jack was born in London and raised in the Bay Area, he lives in San Francisco with his wife and son. He graduated with an Economics degree from the University of Arizona.

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