Jay Desai


Jay is a founder and CFO of InvestingChannel. As CFO, he spearheads business strategy and oversees the corporate development and finance functions.

Before InvestingChannel, as a consultant with Giant Step Strategies (GSS), Jay helped Internet entrepreneurs write business plans, forge strategic partnerships, improve business strategy, raise capital and negotiate mergers and acquisitions. Prior to GSS, he was a partner at Hambrecht & Quist, a technology-focused investment bank later acquired by JP Morgan Chase. At H&Q, Jay helped found and grow the company’s Internet industry group and mergers & acquisitions practice and specifically focused on the online advertising space in his last few years. From raising capital through private placements and public offerings to providing strategic and mergers & acquisitions advice, he has helped shape the web from a financial and advisory role. Working on transactions ranging from $10 million to over $2 billion, Jay worked with such clients as Netscape, Quote.com, Adforce, UUnet, Infospace, Netcentives. Prior to his seven years with H&Q, he worked in the technology and biotechnology industries for the merger and acquisition specialist, Wasserstein Perella.

A true weekend warrior that loves the outdoors, Jay participates in virtually every sport imaginable and has the battle scars to prove it.