Jeremy Shure entered the room. A nondescript meeting room overlooking the wine cellar at our offices on Sand Hill road. The room lit up.
Possibly in part due to his bright pink shirt. I thought to myself …
“Dude, I have no idea who you are … but I like you, and one day you will work here”.
Jeremy was actually interviewing for a job in a different team at SVB.
That was Tuesday, 6th of December. Five days later Brad Feld emailed my boss to say how much he loved the man. Well, if Brad likes you ……...
Fast forward 8 weeks and here he is: proudly occupying a nondescript hot desk and a radiant smile at our NYC offices, and the title Managing Director, East Coast, Early Stage Practice Silicon Valley Bank.
Jeremy is the owner of a strikingly positive outlook, and a calm, easy demeanor. He’s thoughtful and kind and conscientious. You can just tell.
A lifelong Bruce Springsteen fan, he is also a storyteller and mentor, a father of two boys, and a recovering lawyer. He’s articulate and expressive.
He went into the studio and recorded three albums over the last decade with a close buddy of his from college. So far, circulation of these albums is at approximately five copies.
“Working in early stage, with founders who are leaving it all on the mat, is what gets my hair on fire”.
He doesn’t have much hair.
He lives at the nexus of entrepreneurship, startups, venture capital, law, and business for some time now. That’s in Westchester.
He has run a half-marathon. That’s nothing. I ran a whole marathon. With a stress fracture in my left tibia. That’s a broken leg y’all.
Jeremy is currently challenging himself to do at least 50 pushups a day for each day in 2017, with a goal of getting to at least 20,000 this year.
Very good, Jezza. I’m challenging myself to drink a glass of red wine a day. Instead of three.
Jeremy is the President of the Class of 2000 for the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (with honors) and Boston University School of Law. I’m sure he’s fine with me sharing this photo of him when he was a suave lawyer:
He plays tennis. I hear he’s not that good.
He sits on Advisory Board of the Techstars Foundation and is passionate about increasing diversity in entrepreneurship. He’s good at that.
They love him at Techstars
Probably because he’s so active in the Techstars community, having mentored more than twenty accelerator classes across all verticals. He truly embodies the #givefirst Techstars mantra.
“Giving first means that we give of ourselves, of our time, our knowledge, of our network, with no expectation of anything in return. Giving first means checking our egos at the door and raising our hands to ask how we can help. Giving first is one of life’s great journeys.”
He volunteers with Defy Ventures: an entrepreneurship, employment, and character development training program for currently and formerly incarcerated men, women, and youth. Jeremy got involved with Defy after they were one of the first recipients of a grant from the Techstars Foundation.
He recently brought a bus-load of folks to a maximum security prison outside Los Angeles for a business coaching day with inmates through Defy.
Anyone who emailed me on November 15th received this auto-reply:medium.com
After losing a friend to suicide, Jeremy joined the National Board of Directors of Active Minds in 2013, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising mental health awareness among college students.
When we met he was Director of Invention for Horizon Media (the world’s largest independent media agency). Prior to that, was a Founder of the Emerging Companies Practice Group of a national law firm.
He’s not doing that anymore. He’s here with us at the bank of choice of the world’s best technology startups. Wearing a big smile and a bright shirt.
There’s not one thing about Jeremy that we don’t like (so far). There’s still time. Something tells me he has a bright future at SVB, working with our New York and Boston startup communities. We are lucky to have him. I’m thankful that he came our way. Gracias, Serendipity.
I asked him how the first few weeks was. He said:
“I feel like this is my destiny. I think I’ve come home”.
Jeremy found on Twitter at @jeremyshure
(And yes, I managed to hire someone to work for me who has more followers than me on Twitter). Good luck Jezza. Bon Chance.