Robert Jadon ’01 is a technology entrepreneur and investor based in Los Angeles. Robert is currently president of Scale Software, a startup focused on the needs of non-profits, and runs the Startup UCLA Accelerator for web and digital companies.
Startup UCLA is an on-campus organization that seeks to develop a culture of startup thinking, connect students with alumni and the local technology community, and provide a business accelerator to launch their companies. Industry expert speakers are regularly brought to campus to speak on a variety of startup topics to boost student interest. The program culminates with a summer accelerator where student companies participate in a 10-week “startup boot camp” that gives them the best chance for success. The program provides the students with office space, legal and hosting services, entrepreneur talks, skill lessons, and eventually a “demo day.” In its first year, the program’s accelerator launched nine student-led companies, which ranged from e-commerce sites to mobile apps and gaming companies. The companies have attracted outside investment, entry into other accelerators and have sparked further interest in the program. This summer, Startup UCLA is planning to expand to 12 companies as interest in the program has grown and the quality of candidates has improved.
Prior to Startup UCLA, Jadon’s company, Micro Memory, was a leader in the signal processing and storage networking markets. Split primarily between storage and mil-aero verticals, the company’s customers included EMC, Network Appliance, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and many others.
After leading various product roles at Curtiss-Wright Corporation, Jadon left to pursue early-stage technology investing. He is an investor in numerous early-stage companies including AnyMeeting, GotCast, LaughStub, Shift (GraphEffect) and WedgeBuster. Jadon formed the Dauntless Fund to focus on investments in consumer-facing startups. He is also an investor in and advisor to the Amplify.LA startup accelerator in Venice, Calif. Jadon is a member of the Tech Coast Angels.
Jadon is a proud graduate of UCLA. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.