Jay Kern

J.P.'s investment focus is within B2B SaaS. J.P. brings a broad range of business experience in law, accounting, finance and operations to his role with Kern Whelan Capital. Immediately prior to joining Kern Whelan Capital, J.P. oversaw finance and capital markets for Prosper Marketplace, the first online credit person-to-person auction marketplace.

J.P. previously worked in the mergers and acquisitions group of JPMorgan (and Hambrecht & Quist, a predecessor entity), where he focused primarily on retail and technology companies. During his banking career J.P. advised on over 25 closed M&A transactions, comprising close to $10 billion in transaction volume.

Prior to his career as an investment banker, J.P. advised technology companies as a specialist in M&A structuring and due diligence at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

J.P. serves on the boards of InvestCloud, a financial services reporting platform, and acts as a board observer for UserTesting. He previously served on the boards of Shopatron, an eCommerce platform, until its sale to Vista Equity Partners, and Backcountry, an online retailer of outdoor gear, until its acquisition by Liberty Media, and as a board observer at Discovia, an eDiscovery company.

J.P. earned a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, and a B.A. and an M.A. from Stanford University. He lives with his wife and three children in San Francisco, and enjoys creative writing and old-house restoration in his spare time.


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