Jessica Peltz is a Madison Avenue veteran turned venture capitalist at kbs+ Ventures, where she focuses on early stage investments in startups looking to transform the media and advertising industry. She is a frequent speaker within the NYC startup community and has been featured on CNBC, Fox Business, and popular podcast ThePitchDeck. In addition to being a bi-coastal mentor at top accelerators including UpWest Labs in SF and Entrepreneurs Roundtable in NYC, Jessica has a global footprint and has developed strategic relationships with over 200+ startup organizations across 20+ countries worldwide. Prior to joining kbs+, she specialized in helping connect marketers with emerging technology and spent 10+ years working with Fortune 500 brands including Verizon Wireless, Kraft Foods, and H&M. While at Evol8tion she brokered numerous first to market startup and brand partnerships, and as a VP Integrated Media Director at Zenith was recognized as one of the original industry pioneers in the mobile space and spearheaded the strategy for multiple clients. Her cutting edge collaborations were often featured in the trades such as Mashable, Adage, Mobile Marketer, and Mediapost. Jessica has a BA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, with a double concentration in Marketing and International Relations."