My name is Jesse Walden. I grew up in and around NYC: born in Manhattan, learned to ride a bike in Queens, and went to high school in Great Neck. I moved to Montreal, Canada to attend McGill University, where I graduated with a B.A. in Art History and Economics.
While in school, I started a number of businesses, all of which derived from self-taught and sophomoric web/photoshop skills, plus an obsession with music I was digging for on the internet. The first business was a web design company, which led me to designing party flyers. That led to starting a party and concert promotion company, which led to artist management, and then a complimentary platform to manage social contests and event guestlists. Montreal had an extremely special music scene at that time, which was partly why I stuck around, learned French, and became a permanent resident of Canada.
When I moved back to NYC in 2012, I co-founded a new artist management company focused on helping independent artists engage their fans directly on the internet. It was a privilege to work with artists I consider generational talents, including Solange Knowles, Blood Orange, Majical Cloudz and many more. That crew also helped to launch Boiler Room in North America, where we pioneered live-streamed performances to online audiences.
In 2013 I learned about Bitcoin, which was a spark for long nights and weekends brainstorming implications of the technology. That led to Mediachain, which I co-founded in 2014 to build a decentralized media attribution protocol. We were later acquired by Spotify, where I was a Product Manager in Creator R&D.
In 2018, I joined Andreessen Horowitz to take a wider view of decentralized networks. Today, I'm a partner on the investment team at a16z crypto, a venture fund dedicated to investing in blockchain computing and it's applications.