Teacher Turned Tech: Jen Richard, Principal at Bonfire Ventures


In this episode of Growth Stories, Jen Richard, Principal at Bonfire Ventures, joins us. Jen grew up in Los Angeles and attended college in Atlanta, where she studied English. Jen taught English in France before moving back to LA and working for several startups to get experience in the tech industry. In Business School, Jen earned an internship at a VC where everything clicked and galvanized her career path!

Be sure to watch the entire episode to learn about Jen's battle overcoming imposter syndrome. "It's up to me to do the work, and to accept the external validation." This is an episode you won't want to miss!


Jennifer Richard is a Principal at Bonfire Ventures. Prior to Bonfire, Jen sourced and executed seed stage investments at Vitalize VC and Cross Culture Ventures. Before beginning her career in venture, Jen was a founding member of three venture-backed startups and saw two of them through successful acquisitions. She has been responsible for building e-commerce platforms from the ground up and has scaled online commerce to reach over 30 countries worldwide. Her expertise revolves around technical product management, global supply chain, and (most importantly) a deep understanding of customers across a variety of verticals and geographies. She has a BA from Emory University and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She is based out of her hometown of Los Angeles.







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