During his nearly two decades in venture capital, George Arida, the Managing Director, has worked with entrepreneurial teams to drive innovation commercialization, playing a strategic role across all stages from raw startup through exit.

30 Ventures brings together an extensive network of:

  • Innovators
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Investors

Meet Our Team

George Arida
George AridaManaging Director
George brings 17 years of venture capital experience as a partner with Venture Investors LLC. He has served as board chair of Zystor Therapeutics (acquired by BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. –NASDAQ: BMRN), Nerites Corporation (acquired by Kensey Nash, now DSM – Euronext: DSM), Celleration, Inc. (acquired by Alliqua BioMedical, Inc. – NASDAQ: ALQA), Chromatin, Inc. and Juventas Therapeutics, among other board positions. George is also a founding director of the Mid-America Healthcare Investors Network.

George previously served as CFO for a financial firm in Chicago. Prior to this, he served in management and technical marketing positions at U.S. Filter Corporation and Betz Laboratories, and as a process engineer at Alar Engineering. George has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA with high honors from the University of Chicago.
Jacob Smith
Jacob SmithVenture Advisor
Jake is currently an Investor at 11.2 Capital, an early stage fund in the Bay Area, and serves as a Venture Advisor to 30Ventures. Jake previously worked at Lewis & Clark Ventures, a $125M series A and B growth capital fund in the Midwest. He also assisted the Badger FoF’s and Kegonsa Capital in recruiting fund managers and valuing the venture portfolio. Before his MBA, Jake worked as an Associate at gener8tor, a top 15 startup accelerator, providing capital raising strategies to entrepreneurs. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin in Biochemistry and Global Health and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship. While receiving his MBA, he was a consultant for the UW-Madison Business and Entrepreneurship Clinic, assisting 38 WI businesses, President of both the Entrepreneurship Association and MBA Consulting Club, and awarded the Ab Nicholas Award.

Our Focus Areas

Digital Health

Medical Device & Imaging

Biotech Discovery Tools

Medical Diagnostics

Industrial Water & Chemistry Technology

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