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Paul A. Jones

Of Counsel

Overview

Paul draws on his extensive business experience as a successful serial venture capital-backed entrepreneur, investor, and angel investor to represent emerging technology and life sciences companies, and venture capital firms in financing and other strategic transactions and general corporate matters. His focus includes:

  • Venture capital financing
  • Startup business and financial planning
  • Strategic business development planning and execution
  • Corporate governance

Paul is uniquely positioned to understand the specific needs of emerging companies. As counsel, principal, angel, and institutional investor, he has been involved in dozens of venture capital investments, exit transactions, and other strategic transactions for high impact technology companies and other emerging businesses in a wide range of industries.

 

A noted thought leader, Paul has written and spoken on everything from startup business plans and startup valuations to crowdfunding and seed financing structures. He has also blogged on cutting edge venture capital topics such as alternatives to caps on liquidation participation and alternatives to convertible debt. Within the firm, Paul’s leadership roles include serving as Co-Chair of the Venture Best® team.

Experience

Paul’s experience includes:

  • Serving as an active angel investor and director and investment advisor for Angels on the Water, a committed capital angel investment group based in Northeast Wisconsin
  • Investing in Wisconsin-based gener8tor fund, the investment arm of the gener8tor accelerator
  • Mentoring several gener8tor portfolio entrepreneurs
  • Assisting startup and early stage companies in connecting with and obtaining financing from angel and venture capital investors
  • Assisting companies in identifying and recruiting co-founders and C-level executives
  • Advising numerous companies on the preparation of business plans and presentations for investors 

Honors & Recognitions

  • “Entrepreneur of the Year” of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, a leading North Carolina-based entrepreneurial support organization with more than 5,000 members, 1993

Professional Activities

  • Co-founder and President, Council for Innovation, 2006-present
  • Member, Angels on the Water Investment Committee
  • Member, Propel Wisconsin Innovation, Board of Directors, 2009
  • Officer and Director, 1993-1998, President, 1996-1997, Council for Entrepreneurial Development
  • Mentor, gener8tor Technology Seed Incubator and Business Accelerator, 2012, 2014

Education

Admission

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Western Golf Association
  • Member, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, College of Business Advisory Board, 2007-present
  • Entrepreneur in Residence, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, College of Business, 2007-2011
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