Jules Schwerin is a Partner in RTP’s New York office. Prior to RTP, Jules was a Vice President at Bessemer Venture Partners where he co-authored Bessemer’s thesis in the field of Data Privacy Engineering and helped lead several category-defining investments. Before that, he spent time on a data science team at Google, co-founded a business, worked as a management consultant, and had a brief stint in industrial manufacturing. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.
What is your name and please describe your role at RTP?
Jules Schwerin, Partner in North America.
What business sectors are you most interested in?
I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time in and around privacy-preserving technology as well as software-defined automation and am constantly amazed by the progress in these spaces. The former Is focused on preserving our fundamental right to privacy in a world where the notion of privacy is rapidly eroding while the latter has the potential to usher in a step function level change to the way society and human prosperity progress in a way not seen since the Industrial Revolution.
What qualities do you most admire in other people?
Integrity. It sounds cliché but when the chips are down and times are inevitably tough, you have to really trust the folks you’re working with. All the top-line growth, novel technology, and hype in the world won’t ever lead me to invest in an entrepreneur I don’t think shares a similar set of values. Any business, at the end of the day, is a trust-based business.
What’s the most challenging aspect of the job you do?
Saying no. It’s the hardest part of the job by a long shot. Seeing so many incredible founders with such inspiring visions on such a regular basis is easily my favorite part of this job. However, more often than not, having to pass takes a toll. But every time I pass, I’m genuinely rooting for that person to make me eat my words and prove me wrong.