Founding CEOs are our most important partners in building world-changing businesses.
When we say it, we really mean it: talent is truly everything for us. And we know that winning on the talent front starts by partnering, day one, with the best possible founding CEO.
The Juxtapose way
We build our businesses in partnership with seasoned entrepreneurial operators who individually bring decades of product-, team- and company-building leadership to the table.
We bring intense rigor - typically a seventy-plus step relationship-building, talent evaluation and selection process - to determine the right founding CEO to build a business. Sometimes that takes years, and that’s fine with us.
We recognize that building a business is hard, and the decision to start on a journey together is an important one. Ensuring there is true, deep alignment on company vision and outcomes is something we take very seriously.
We partnered with Dr. Ken Chahine and Obvious Ventures to co-build a comprehensive, vertically integrated allergy healthcare platform to help rid the world of allergies. Nectar leverages data and clinical research to offer a personalized, patient-centric approach to allergy care. Dr. Chahine was formerly the founder of AncestryDNA and EVP of Ancestry.com, a product that has been used by nearly 10% of the U.S. population. He is one of the country’s leading entrepreneurial operators at the intersection of science and healthcare.
"Allergies are the leading chronic disease in the US, bigger than hypertension, mood disorders and diabetes, yet allergy care suffers from one of the lowest NPS in healthcare. Nectar is a world-changing opportunity to reinvent allergy care from the ground up."
Experienced entrepreneurial operators
Juxtapose founding CEOs are proven builders and leaders with an evidenced track record that spans multiple decades.
Our CEO archetype
Has led from the front several times in their career, building and leading teams with thousands of employees and billions of dollars in revenue.
Knows what good looks like, understands the value of building process to find the best, and has a track record of attracting and retaining top talent.
Has a proven track record of functional spikes and cross-company experience, and can unlock value in an important function unique to the opportunity at hand.
We partnered with Aaron to found a new kind of life insurance company, one built from scratch to simplify the process of providing families financial security. Dayforward offers a first in kind innovative life insurance solution that guarantees a policyholder's family the continuation of salary income in the event that the policyholder passes away. Today, Dayforward has launched the first new life insurance product that the industry has seen in over ten years, and has become a full-fledged national insurance carrier. Aaron is a serial entrepreneur, previously having founded and led Huge - a 1,500-person global digital agency (that sold to IPG) - as well as Silverpop, a marketing technology company (that sold to IBM).
"Life insurance is a $150B industry that has not changed in decades. Literally. It is also critically important for a family’s financial security - 1 of 17 children in America will experience the loss of a parent. We need to do better."
Partners from day one
At Juxtapose, we don’t do a lot. So for the things we decide to do, we go deep, and once committed, we are in it until the end. Our business model is to be a true partner to our CEOs and their founding teams in every sense of the word.
By the time we partner with a CEO, we’ve often spent years developing intellectual property and building conviction in an opportunity space. We bring that knowledge, experience and accumulated advantage to bear for every business we build.
In addition to the depth of capital that comes from our own creation-focused investment fund, we develop a capital development plan that ensures our CEO can grow the business and bring the best value-added partners in during the process.
We do few things, and aim to do those few things very well. We have real skin in the game in the few things we do. When we partner with a CEO, our entire team and ecosystem is brought to bear to ensure the business has the best possible path to success.
We partnered with Doug to found a modern technology-forward healthcare organization looking to transform the experience of managing and taking care of your teeth. Today, Tend is building the first dental experience you’ll actually look forward to—from convenient locations and availability, to personalized visits and transparent pricing, using cutting-edge technology and the best healthcare practitioners for higher quality care. Doug is a true serial entrepreneur with experience that spans decades - prior to Tend, Doug was the founding CEO of SmileDirectClub. Prior to SmileDirectClub, Doug founded and sold two other consumer healthcare companies, starting with Hearing Planet in the late 1990s.
We partnered with Melissa to found a technology-forward longevity business that will completely transform the way people age. Modern Age is building the first aging wellness platform to help people live longer, healthier lives by giving them the tools to take control of their aging journey—with access to high-tech digital tools, guidance from world-class medical professionals, and frictionless online and in person experiences. Melissa was previously COO of beauty unicorn Glossier, and spent over 19 years at Amazon, most recently as Vice President of Amazon Devices.
We partnered with Jay to found a real estate venture dedicated to becoming the operating system for single family rental owners - combining deeply experienced local teams with cutting-edge technology in the opportunity to transform the fragmented property management industry. Great Jones aims to make ownership worry-free and more profitable for the 25 million Americans who own rental homes, while also creating a more delightful and simplified experience for the renters of these properties. Jay is a serial entrepreneur with deep roots in technology-enabled services and modern products. Prior to Great Jones, Jay was a senior product leader at 1stDibs (NASDAQ: DIBS), where he developed the back-end enablement of the end-to-end platform, and before that was a founder of an online sports trading / collectible platform.