Episode 53 | July 14, 2023

Helping ‘Rocket Ship’ Companies Take Off


In this episode of The Insurance Technology Podcast, Reid sits down with Jesse Wedler, General Partner of CapitalG, for a lively chat that covers everything from their shared California roots to finance, AI, technology, and more.

Tune in to hear Jesse, our first guest from the world of finance, take us on a journey from the way back machine of his childhood in Petaluma, California, to investing in today’s ‘rocket ship’ companies, to the future of AI in the industry.

Episode Highlights

  • Going to the way back machine with Jesse (2:15)
  • Investing in ‘rocket ship’ companies (16:17)
  • The industry problem Jesse wants to fix (26:19)
  • The AI hype and potential (32:57)

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About the Guest

Jesse Wedler

Jesse Wedler joined Alphabet's independent growth fund, CapitalG, shortly after it was founded in 2013. He started out as an MBA intern, grew with the firm and over time rose to become a general partner. In his nine years at the venture firm, Jesse has played an instrumental role in many of CapitalG's most important investments, from Airbnb, Duolingo and Gusto to Looker, UiPath and Unqork. He is currently focused on B2B fintech, including identity verification and the infrastructure necessary to digitize industries such as insurance, banking, and capital markets. He led CapitalG’s investments in ID.me, MANTL, Notarize, Applied Systems, Everlaw, Duck Creek, and Coupa and sits on several company boards. Previously, Jesse worked at TPG and in the technology group at Goldman Sachs. He received his bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University. Outside of work, Jesse enjoys gardening, DIY projects, refurbishing boats and spending time on the water with his friends and family. He lives in Lafayette, California with his wife and two children.

“I give this advice to any friends or early-stage entrepreneurs, which is pick your lane, have incredible focus, and just find something you can be great at and stay focused on that.”

Jesse Wedler

General Partner

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