Jennifer Vescio is the Chief Business Development Officer at Uber. She joined Uber from Awestruck Ventures, where she had been a Principal. Earlier, she was at eBay as the head of global strategy and business development. She managed over $600 million in GMV (Global Merchandise Volume) through its partner network.
In 2014, Jen became a mentor to early stage startups at the R/GA LA Dodgers & Telluride Venture Accelerators. She also serves as a Board Member to TeamSnap and is an advisor to the PGA Tour, Sight Commerce, Slideline (acquired in 2015), The Pittsburgh Technology Council and Torque, a live TV broadcast ad agency. From 2010-2012, Jen served as president of the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network Board of Directors. She also served as her class president from 2005-2010.
From 2010-2013, Jen was the Vice President of Business Development at ESPN. Her major contributions included the first ever Twitter Amplify/ESPN partnership that generated an incremental $40M in revenue to ESPN. She also partnered with IBM to create ESPN’s first “fan” big data strategy in order to help the marketing team acquire and retain new audiences. Lastly, as part of a “best available screen” strategy, Jen structured a mobile/TV advertising partnership with Samsung that generated over $50M in incremental advertising spend to ESPN.
In 2007, after executing a $300M strategic partnership between Yahoo! and CNET, CBS (acquired CNET) hired Jen to lead its strategy and business development efforts. During her time at CBS, Jen led its digital content distribution strategy and signed partnerships with YouTube, DailyMotion, eBay, Hulu and Yahoo! which generated over $200M in annual revenue. She also launched CNET’s first ever public API program for developers to utilize as part of their mobile app development. Jen also signed content partnerships for CBS News and 60 Minutes. Strategic partnerships included Comcast, NDN, and YouTube.
Previously, Jen ran search, toolbar and content distribution for Yahoo! During her time at Yahoo!, she generated over $400M in new deal value. Strategic partnerships included CNET, IDG, Ziff Davis Media and McAfee. Jen also led Yahoo’s safe search strategy and negotiated a product partnership with McAfee that was the first of its kind.
From 2001-2006, Jen ran the West Coast Business Affairs team for SAS Institute Inc., the largest privately held software firm in the world. She generated over $50M in new sales annually via strategic alliances with KPMG, Accenture and IBM. Her focus was mainly within the Telecommunications, Financial Services, Consumer Internet and Retail industry.
Jen’s career began in New York City at Recruit Company Ltd., one of the largest Japanese firms for consumer services. She launched a product called InterCareerNet which helped students find new job opportunities in the United States. In 1996, Jen was asked to join another early stage startup, StudentCenter and launched the first ever shared content platform to help University students find internships. The product won Fortune magazine’s Top Product Awards in 1998. The company was acquired by Monster Worldwide Inc. in 1997.
For her work in the entertainment, digital media and consumer internet industry, Jen has been profiled in numerous publications, including Fortune, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Techcrunch, Re/Code, Sports Business Journal and Ad Age. She is an active public speaker and has presented for the PGA Tour, EWIP, Techcrunch and Constellation Media.
Jen currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Allegheny College and her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She is a Co-Active CTI trained executive coach.
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