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Jake Colognesi, Principal

Capital + Adaptability

Jake focuses on investment opportunities in software and technology-enabled services for Volition and was actively involved in the firm's investments in Bombfell, Jazz, LoanLogics, Prinova and Visual IQ. Prior to joining the firm in July 2011, Jake spent two years in the woods of Hanover, NH attending the Tuck School of Business. Before attending Tuck, Jake worked as an Associate for Fidelity Ventures helping to execute the firm’s investments in GeoLearning and Vibes Media as well as source new investment leads. GeoLearning, a learning management software company, was acquired by SumTotal in January 2011. Vibes Media, a mobile marketing software company, is in Volition’s current portfolio.

Prior to working at Fidelity Ventures, Jake was an Analyst in the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Group at Cowen and Company where he helped to execute public and private equity offerings as well as M&A transactions.

Jake received a BA in Economics from Colby College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Jake's Portfolio Companies

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More About Jake

In 2007, was initially brought on as the first pre-MBA Associate for Fidelity Ventures

While at Tuck, founded a web-based raffle company for nonprofits called RaffleMate

+  Has a true appreciation for what it takes to grow a business from the ground up

+  Will drop everything to go skiing


Contact Jake

tel. +1 617 830 2319
jake@volitioncapital.com

 

 

Jake's Story

“Lessons from ski racing serve as my guide to my academic, professional, and personal endeavors.”
 

After learning to ski as an eighteen month old critter, Jake spent a large part of his life competing at a high level as an alpine ski racer.  Though he raced at the Division I level, Jake never made the US national team and wasn’t able to turn a passion into a profession.  Despite this, he’s taken a countless lessons from the slopes and applied them to other pursuits. 

“Ski racing, for me, was a constantly-evolving kick to the knees.  For any given race, there’s only one winner, and there are dozens of racers that set out to win but fall short.  The odds of being a consistent winner are tough.  It became very important to recognize relative success in this sport because it’s just so rare to win all of the time.  Well, at least for me it was!” 

The ability to recognize and enjoy relative success is so much more productive than dwelling on those days where you’re tenths of a second away from achieving your ultimate goal.  Jake has found this lesson to be applicable for his academic, professional, and personal pursuits as well.  He believes it’s this learned skill that lends itself well to people that set appropriate goals and also find innovative ways to reach these goals.

“Competing forced me to continuously evaluate my strengths and weaknesses.  By being brutally honest with yourself about your own attributes, you can train or compete in such a way that best positions you to make progress.”

This mentality has helped Jake find success in many facets of his life but most notably in the workplace.  Whether finding innovative ways to source new investments or helping portfolio companies navigate their way through problems, Jake believes an upfront, truly honest recognition of any problem is the fastest way to reach a resolution.  

“Hard work almost always carries the day.”

Jake’s biggest takeaway from ski racing stemmed from the idea that hard work, over a long period of time, almost always trumps innate skill.  While the combination of hard work and God-given talent is most ideal, only one of those dials can be deliberately turned.  Since its inception, the Volition team has embodied this principle and is a contributing factor to the group’s current success.