Jake Mendel is a director with the Startup Banking practice and leads the bank's early-stage Digital Asset team which he launched in 2022. Jake works hands-on with the east coast's fastest-growing Pre-Series A startups – guiding founders through the process of starting and growing a business and finding ways to improve their likelihood of success with fundraising, hiring, scaling and more. Previously he led customer discovery initiatives for SVB's R&D division.
Prior to joining SVB in 2017, Jake was an operator in early-stage companies across the biotech, retail and enterprise software sectors.
Jake received an MBA in new venture creation and innovation economies, and a bachelor's in business administration, economics and entrepreneurship from The Ohio State University.