Press Release: Venture For America Announces New Chief Operating Officer
Venture for America hires RocketHub Co-Founder, Jed Cohen
New York, NY [August 21, 2017]- Venture for America (VFA), two-year fellowship program for recent college graduates who want to work at a startup and create jobs in American cities, is pleased to announce Jed Cohen as its new Chief Operating Officer.
As COO, Cohen will lead a number of core functions, including recruitment, programs, operations, finance, and HR. He will expand the organization’s reach in recruiting top entrepreneurial talent into the VFA Fellowship and grow the training and support programs VFA provides for budding entrepreneurs.
“I am thrilled to join the Venture for America family. As an on-ramp to entrepreneurship, the VFA Fellowship is sparking the next generation of American innovation and creating jobs where were need them the most. That is an exciting prospect, and a large part of why we have such a talented and driven team. I am inspired by [VFA Founder] Andrew Yang’s initial vision, impressed with what the team has accomplished thus far, and excited to contribute to the continued growth of the organization,” said Cohen.
Cohen is a serial entrepreneur whose career has spanned multiple industries including technology, real estate, the performing arts, and not-for-profit. His early career began when he took to the stage as a child actor. Cohen toured nationally and internationally as a boy soprano, made his Broadway debut at the age of fifteen in the Tony Award winning musical The Secret Garden, and was featured as “Rod McCallister” in the hit movies Home Alone and Home Alone II: Lost in New York. He is a graduate of Harvard University, where he earned his degree in Astronomy & Astrophysics.
In 2009 Jed co-founded RocketHub.com, one of the world’s pioneering crowdfunding platforms. As Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Jed and his team empowered independent artists, entrepreneurs, and scientists to raise millions of dollars to complete projects about which they were passionate. In 2014, as the JOBS Act eased restrictions on who can invest in small businesses, Jed was instrumental in advising the SEC and FINRA on regulations for the space, co-authoring three whitepapers in the process. RocketHub was acquired in 2015.
“Jed has a proven track record of building companies and leading teams and will be instrumental in bringing Venture for America to the next level as we continue to grow our program and scale operations,” said Amy Nelson, Managing Director and incoming CEO. “Both the Fellows and VFA Team will benefit greatly from Jed’s experience and expertise.”
Members of the press are invited reach out to Leandra Elberger for more information: Leandra@ventureforamerica.org.
Venture for America is a fellowship program for enterprising recent college graduates to launch their careers as entrepreneurs and revitalize American cities. After five weeks of training, VFA Fellows spend two years helping to build a startup in a U.S. city with an emerging startup ecosystem where they learn how to contribute to a high-growth business. In addition, VFA provides the mentorship, network, and resources Fellows need to become entrepreneurs.
Venture for America’s goal is to fuel job growth in cities throughout the U.S. while empowering our best and brightest to create value in their communities. They aim to produce effective and high-character builders who will found and lead quality organizations throughout their careers.