Jayni Shah

Jayni joined Menlo Ventures in 2016 with a focus on investing in early stage consumer companies. She helps cover startups in the mobile, new media, social, ecommerce, fintech, digital health and gaming sectors.

Prior to Menlo, Jayni worked within the PayPal family of companies in the Bay Area. Most recently, she was a part of Venmo’s Product & Biz Ops team where she focused on product strategy and marketing initiatives. She helped design Venmo’s product architecture, launch Venmo’s iOS integrations with Apple and map out the go-to-market plans for Venmo’s first monetizable checkout product. Before that, Jayni was a member of PayPal’s Global Corporate Strategy team which drove the company’s overall strategic direction and vision. She worked with the company’s senior executives to shape key product and business unit strategies, enable operational efficiencies and accelerate growth. She collaborated closely with the consumer division to develop a roadmap for several new features for PayPal’s ‘Digital Wallet,’ which is used by 180 million users globally. She advocated for increased innovation by creating and launching an experimental solution for long-tail businesses that allowed them to build their own mobile apps. She also helped conduct diligence on minority investments and acquisitions, including the acquisition of Braintree and Venmo.

Jayni started her career within the investment banking division at Deutsche Bank in New York City, where she advised real estate, gaming and lodging companies on capital raises, recapitalizations as well as mergers and acquisitions. Jayni graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Political Science and English. She is a news junkie, documentary film buff and aspiring coffee connoisseur.

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