Jennifer Jordan

Founder, PickAxes & Shovels


US & Canada




Jennifer is an investor and builder. She believes in founders committed to a strong inclusive culture. Her investments leverage the power of data and automation to transform industries. Most recently she served as VP at MassVentures, an early stage VC focused on Massachusetts high technology companies. Jennifer led the firm’s investments in:

• Ginkgo Bioworks,
• ClearGov,
• MachineMetrics, and
• Curoverse (acquired by Veritas Genetics).

Jennifer served on the Board of Directors for ClearGov,, MachineMetrics, and Board on Track. She currently serves on the Boards of the MIT Enterprise Forum – Cambridge, and Amazing.Community, which helps women re-enter, pivot, or remain in the workforce.

She was a member of the Golden Seeds angel investor network, led Entrepreneurship for the MIT Accelerating Information Technology Innovation program sponsored by Google in Colombia, and is an active a mentor at MIT, Harvard iLab, TechStars, FinTech Sandbox, and MassChallenge.

Jennifer was Corporate VP of Investor Relations at Cadence Design Systems and before that SVP and Sr. Equity Research Analyst growing Black & Company into a mid-tier investment bank acquired by Wells Fargo Securities. She holds the title Goeroe in the Indonesian Martial Art Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen, an MBA from MIT Sloan, and a Bachelors from Reed College.

Why are you optimistic about the future of work?

quote We have never found limits to the human capacity for invention - the best entrepreneurs leverage technology to elevate us not replace us.

The MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge to become Economic Prosperity Challenge in 2020