J. Skyler Fernandes
Investor & Retail Futurist, One Match Ventures
J. Skyler Fernandes is ranked as a PowerList 100 VC, an angel investor, and retail futurist.
He is the founder and former Managing Director of Simon Venture Group (SVG), a multi-stage venture capital group focused on investing in the future innovation of retail and commerce. SVG is the venture capital arm of Simon, an S&P 100 company and the largest retail real estate company in the world, and is ranked by CB Insights as a top 5 corporate venture group within retail.
Mr. Fernandes is the founder of One Match Ventures, his personal angel fund. He has developed key entrepreneur resources, such as "The Best Startup Pitch Deck", which has been viewed and downloaded over 450,000 times and used by the top accelerators and business schools. Mr. Fernandes also co-founded with his wife the #1 startup / VC board game, "The Next Big Thing: The Game of Entrepreneurship", http://www.nextbigthingboardgame.com/
Mr. Fernandes graduated early from New York University (NYU), summa cum laude, due to his studies at Harvard University in Physics and Foreign Policy. Mr. Fernandes is an adjunct professor at NYU, teaching Venture Capital Intensive, is on the board and faculty of Bard's MBA, and is a frequent speaker on venture capital at Harvard Business School and Wharton Business School. Mr. Fernandes also gave a TEDx Talk on Venture Capital, called "Innovating the Financing of Innovation".