About me

👋, I’m Jared.

I've been working for ~15 years (13 in product management, 2 in venture capital) at places like PayPal, Blispay, BillMeLater, BlockFi, and Costanoa Ventures. I have experience across the full product and startup life cycle, as well as at bigco's. I love learning and trying to be part of meaningful companies.

I'm also a part-time Venture Partner to The Fintech Fund and mentor in programs like Techstars Miami, Shreyas PM, and Lenny's.

You can reach me on LinkedIn, Twitter @jsfranklin221, or via email at jsfranklin221 at gmail dot com.

I live in S. Florida with my wife and 2 crazy dogs, Capri and Basil.

I’m an ISTJ (borderline INTJ) who values my wife, dogs, health, independent thinking, authenticity, self-awareness, pragmatism, judgment, progress, intellectual honesty, and curiosity.

Startup Investing

I'm a very tiny angel investor, targeting 1-2 per year. Reach out if you think I could be an asset to your startup. Regardless, I can put you in touch with The Fintech Fund and other great investors where it makes sense.

Below are some investments that I've made directly or through syndicates:

Professionally, as a venture capital investor, I sourced and helped lead the seed round for Tensec and Definite.

Here are some of my Favorites


Product ManagementInspiredhighlights | podcast
BusinessBuilt to Lasthighlights
BusinessThe Age of the Platformhighlights
BusinessGrinding it Outhighlights
Personal FinanceStop Acting Richhighlights
Personal FinanceI’ll teach you to be rich
Personal FinanceStay the courseHighlights 1, 2
Personal FinanceMillennial Moneyhighlights
Personal FinanceThe Millionaire Next Door
InvestingThe Intelligent Investorhighlights
InvestingMastering the Market Cycleshighlights
InvestingThe Four Pillars of Investinghighlights
InvestingThe Elements of Investinghighlights
InvestingA Random Walk Down Wall Streethighlights
InvestingThe Little Book of Stock Market Cycleshighlights

Blogs, Posts, Memos, Vids, and Emails

Long overdue for an update...

Product ManagementBlog: SVPG Silicon Valley Product Group
* Product Management – Start Here
* Product Success
* Behind Every Great Product
* Good Product Team / Bad Product Team
* The Product Manager Contribution
* The Four Big Risks
Product ManagementPost: Crossing the Canyon: Product Manager to Product Leader
Product ManagementPost: Product Work Beyond Product-Market Fit
Product ManagementPost: Good Product Manager / Bad Product Manager
Product ManagementBlog: Black Box of PM
* PM Mental Models
Product ManagementShreyas Doshi:
* n+ Tweet threads
* How to Improve your Product Sense
Product ManagementAnthony Cintron Series:
* Responsibilities of a Product Strategists
* Responsibilities of a Product Manager
Product ManagementMini Thangaswamy (Braintree PM): What it Takes to Succeed as a Payments PM.
* Podcast
* YouTube vid
* Slideshare
Product ManagementBlog: Jackie Bavaro
* How to Hire Great Product Managers Part 1, 2, and 3
Product ManagementBlog: Adam Nash
Product ManagementBlog: Ken Norton
Product ManagementBlog: Sachin Rekhi
Product ManagementResources: The Ultimate Product Management Guide
BusinessBlog: Bill Gurley
BusinessBlog: a16z
BusinessBlog: Benedict Evans Essays and Presentations
BusinessEssays: Paul Graham Essays
BusinessMemo: Sequoia’s Investment Memo on YouTube
BusinessMemo: Brad Garlinghouse Yahoo Peanut Butter Manifesto
BusinessMemo: Slacks Stewart Butterfield We Don’t Sell Saddles Here
BusinessEmail: Howard Schultz The Commoditization of the Starbucks Experience
BusinessLetters: Amazon Shareholder Letters
Personal FinanceBlog: The Irrelevant Investor
Personal FinanceBlog: A Wealth of Common Sense
Personal FinanceBlog: Of Dollars and Data
Markets & InvestingEssays: Eric Peters One River Asset Management Weekend Notes
Markets & InvestingResearch: Vanguard Research
Markets & InvestingResearch: Federal Research Economic Data
Markets & InvestingBlog & Letters: Eric Cinnamond of Palm Valley Capital
Markets & InvestingLetters: wknd notes by Eric Peters of One River
Markets & InvestingLetters: Howard Marks / Oaktree Memos
Markets & InvestingLetters: Alta Fox Capital
Markets & InvestingBlog & Letters: Crescat Capital
Markets & InvestingLetters: Hedge Fund Letters



Movies & TV


  • Walking
  • Working out
  • Working
  • Dog daddying
  • Husbanding


  • Luck favors the persistent & relentless.
  • It could always be worse.
  • Whatever the fuck it takes.
  • All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • If your plan is clear, it will be easier for you to stay on plan. Malkiel, Ellis
  • Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. Einstein


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