Jake Saper

General Partner
Emergence Capital

Conference Video

Panel Discussion

Venture Capital Panel:
Tired, Wired, Hired — VCs on AI

Atom icon for The AI Conference 2023, a groundbreaking two-day event on AGI, LLMs, Infrastructure, Alignment, AI Startups, and Neural Architectures.

With all the attention and funding that AI startups have received recently, is anything starting to feel overplayed? What aren’t we talking enough about instead? And what job opportunities will grow in the coming years? Leading VCs Amy Wu, Jake Saper, and Assaf Araki will share their contrarian and forward-looking views on how AI will reshape industry, from consumer markets to enterprise and infrastructure applications.

About | Jake Saper

Jake still can’t believe he gets to do this for a living. Raised in Austin by parents who were serial co-founders, he got bit by the startup bug early. He thinks of serving entrepreneurs as his highest calling. His first venture focused on selling rocks door to door from his Radio Flyer wagon. Not one to shy away from a tough market, he moved on (20 years later) to help launch and grow a startup developing large solar power plants in India, Africa, and the Middle East. He’s developed a deep well of entrepreneurial empathy from being told no (and occasionally yes!) from investors and bureaucrats across the globe.

Jake’s first job for which someone paid him was in management consulting, where he honed his deep, nerdy love of frameworks. He’s brought that passion for entrepreneurship and strategic thinking to venture. He got his start in venture at Kleiner Perkins, after which he joined Emergence, where he became a Kauffman Fellow.

He’s passionate about using generative AI to help people do their jobs better and co-developed the firm’s AI Coaching Networks thesis. He serves on the boards of Textio, Guru, Ironclad, DroneDeploy, Vymo, Maze, Assembled, and Regal.io.

Jake earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale and his MBA from Stanford, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. Jake also earned an MS in Environment and Resources from Stanford. Jake is a singer and very mediocre guitar player, constantly in search of people to jam with.

Jake’s north star is to help build enduring, values-driven companies that he and his wife Dannie Herzberg would be proud of for their daughters, Sadie and Billie, to work at some day.