At Mosaic, we are fortunate to partner with great entrepreneurs who have the ambition to build breakthrough startups, and it’s important to us to help portfolio companies through their entire journey. We are constantly thinking about how we can support their success, so the founders know we always have their back.
“For the last year we've been planning to expand Mosaic’s platform services activities to provide help around three pillars: strategic impact, scaling business operations and founder-centric support - including overall mental and physical wellbeing”, says Ziv Tubin, VP Operations at Mosaic. “As part of our commitment to founders, we were looking for the right person to lead Mosaic’s platform services”.
We are thrilled to announce we have hired Jennifer Cabala as Head of Platform to lead those efforts. She joins us from Techstars where she scaled out accelerator operations and later led the community division globally.
“Jennifer brings tremendous experience in working with founders and fast-growing startups in countries around the world. On behalf of the partnership, I could not be more delighted that she has joined Team Mosaic to support the growing portfolio of approaching 50 companies”, says Toby Coppel, Co-founder and Partner at Mosaic. “Jennifer is originally from the US and moved to Berlin many years ago. She brings a unique perspective for startups working on both sides of the Atlantic.”
In Jennifer’s own words:
How did you start working with startups?
I’ve always been passionate about emerging technology. My first career was in journalism. I was based in Seattle, Washington covering tech and social media for large news organizations while the local startup ecosystem was growing fast. I left to write about startups and run startup events full-time, including working with two emerging organizations at the time – Techstars and Startup Weekend. I joined Techstars to lead their first accelerator with Microsoft. Working closely with founders as they built their companies was really rewarding work. I loved working with people who were actively shaping the future.
I then moved to Berlin to help to scale up Techstars’ operations globally. We acquired Startup Weekend, an entrepreneurship education program. I then led that organization which included a network of 4000 startup ecosystem leaders in 120 countries around the world. More than a million people have participated in a Startup Weekend, and it inspired a lot of great companies like Zapier and Rover.com.
What did you learn while working at Techstars?
So much. I worked with incredible people, many of whom are now running their own funds. When I joined we were 20 people and more than 350 when I left. I learned a lot about scaling and remotely managing a globally distributed team. I also was on many of our selection committees and visited Startup Weekends around the world - great founders and companies can be anywhere.
What are you most excited about in this role?
I’m excited about this role because it builds on my experience of building networks and communities and at the same time brings me back closer to working directly with founders and supporting them in growing great companies.