Jordan Dolin (Jordan@Furthurfund.com)
Jordan Dolin is a 3 time, 30+ year entrepreneur who has spent the past 20 years supporting other startups as a mentor, investor, or Board Member. He combines an entrepreneur's mentality with nearly two decade's worth of experience in the healthcare industry. Jordan has a lengthy track record of supporting and championing entrepreneurs and has been an active member of Chicago’s startup community for his entire career. Jordan currently serves as a Director for six early stage companies and has worked with dozens of others.
Jordan has been an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago’s Graduate Business School for two decades and also participated in their business plan competition as judge and advisor. He is a frequent speaker and author on the topic of healthcare innovation and has presented at numerous conferences/events including the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), American Hospital Association (AHA), American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM), Becker’s, Med City, and many others.
Jordan has been intimately involved with MATTER, Chicago’s healthcare incubator since well before they opened their doors. He created their core curriculum, was their very first and now longest serving Mentor in Residence. For the first two years he volunteered one day each week in order to support the organization as well as their member companies. Jordan has worked with several dozen MATTER startups, has personally organized two different demo days, coaching all of the companies and inviting all of the investors. He also hosted the first ever streaming demo event at MATTER which enabled multiple health systems across the US to be exposed to eight early stage healthcare companies from both MATTER and Impact Engine, A large number of the companies who have received funding and or attracted customers are the ones Jordan has taught, coached or supported.
In 2002 Jordan founded Emmi Solutions, widely considered as the first Patient Engagement company and is still recognized as the gold standard. Emmi is a healthcare technology company that leverages interactive media to engage and empower patients to take a more active role in their care. The company combines innovation and expertise to help leading healthcare organizations improve clinical and financial outcomes. In late 2016 Emmi was acquired by Wolters Kluwer for $170 Million.
Before founding Emmi, Jordan spent 3 years on the founding leadership team of an artificial intelligence software company and prior to that he co-founded and successfully lead a consumer products and design company for 14 years.
Jordan received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a Master’s Degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
James Crawford (James@Furthurfund.com)
James Crawford is a co-founding partner of Furthur. James was raised in the venture capital industry, learning under his father, Jim Crawford, a long-time member of William Blair Venture Partners, The Frontenac Group, and now TRIAD Capital Management. James began his own career in finance immediately after college with Wachovia Securities on the subprime trading and securitization team. After Wachovia, James joined UBS’s M&A group. James was a launch member of TRIAD Capital Management, a private equity fundless sponsor focusing on businesses serving the US government and cyber security industries. After business school, James worked in mid-market private equity in NYC with The Charterhouse Group and also helped to launch Ernst & Young’s Healthcare Investment Banking team. After E&Y, James was a Director of Corporate Development at Return Path, a venture-backed startup in NYC, where he led the acquisition of Context.IO and ran special projects for the CEO. Most recently, James was a launch member of the two-person 4490 Ventures, a $30M Series A fund in Madison. At 4490, James helped to build the brand of the fund, met with entrepreneurs, conducted due diligence, and executed transactions. James also led outreach to professors, university intrapreneurs, and endowments and investment vehicles throughout Wisconsin.
James moved to Chicago from Madison in order to support his wife’s role as CEO of SkinIO, a healthcare startup based in the city. With a wife in the healthcare startup world, James’s thoughts are never far from the problems of the industry.
James earned his BA from Princeton University and his MBA from Columbia Business School.