Jason Franklin has been hired to manage the Wisconn Valley Venture Fund, the $100 million startup investment vehicle launched by four major corporations last summer.
The Milwaukee-based Wisconn Valley Venture Fund has not been publicly active since it was announced with fanfare in August by Advocate Aurora Health, Foxconn Technology Group, Johnson Controls International plc and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.
Franklin, a computer scientist, tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist, is a limited partner at California venture capital fund Andreessen Horowitz, where he was previously a deal team partner. He previously was a research scientist and visiting lecturer in computer science at Stanford University; a venture partner at Avalon Ventures; an investment fellow at Innovation Endeavors; and co-founder and chief executive officer of mobile security startup Stamp Labs. Franklin holds a doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University, and a bachelor’s in computer science and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Read the full story here.