J. Skyler Fernandes is the Founder of Simon Venture Group (SVG), a multi-stage venture capital group focused on investing in the future innovation of retail and commerce, and he is ranked as a PowerList 100 VC. 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 has developed key entrepreneur resources, such as “The Best Startup Pitch Deck,” a top ranked investor pitch deck template online, viewed and downloaded over 450,000 times and used by accelerators and business schools. With his wife, Mr. Fernandes also co-founded the board game The Next Big Thing: The Game of Entrepreneurship. 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, is on the board and faculty of Bard’s MBA, and is a frequent speaker at Harvard Business School and The Wharton School. Mr. Fernandes also gave a TEDx Talk on Venture Capital, called “Innovating the Financing of Innovation.”