Trendsetter to Know: Perry Jacobson

Name: Perry Jacobson

LinkedIn: canal-partners-llc


Age: 61

Title: Partner

Kids: Two sons: Russell, 30, and Scott, 27. 

City you live in: Scottsdale

A typical day in my life includes… business meetings and working out. 

I was born… in Tucson.

My favorite thing about Arizona… is being able to play golf year-round at excellent courses. 

I’m listening to… old rock music.

My family… is small but close-knit.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… Ronald Reagan. As an actor, governor, and president, he’d have some great stories to tell. 

One thing I cannot live without… is laughter.

When I was younger, I wanted to be… a specialist on the New York Stock Exchange, which is what I actually became.

I’m inspired by… my step-father, because he helped me learn how to handle many volatile personalities. Being around him helped me learn a lot of life lessons. 

The one person who motivates me is… myself. I’m a self-motivator.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… eliminating all diseases, including Covid-19.

The perfect day would be… sleeping in late, playing 27 holes of golf, and eating a gourmet dinner. 

My first job was… delivering newspapers while in middle school.

My favorite escape… is traveling and golfing.

My life… is fulfilling and rewarding. I have a successful career and two great children who I’m very proud of. 

I’m currently working on… finding new investment opportunities for Canal Partners. We are looking to invest between $1-and-$3 million in subscription-based, high-growth companies. Our preference would be to invest in Arizona-based startups, which Canal Partners has had a lot of success doing in the past. 

Always… be positive and optimistic you’ll succeed. 

Never… give up on something you truly believe in. 

Favorite Quote… “Stop saying you’re going to do it and just do it already!”

Biggest Dream… That my children have the opportunity to be as fulfilled as I’ve been. 

My Pet Peeve… is slow drivers in the express lane.

More About Perry Jacobson:
Perry Jacobson, a finance world veteran, was a managing partner at the New York-based venture capital firm Brookstone Partners for more than 15 years. He recently joined Canal Partners, a Scottsdale-based venture capital firm that has had a long string of successful exits and excellent returns since its founding in 2008.

Perry’s experience will help Canal Partners build upon that success and find new investment opportunities in Arizona and beyond, as the firm seeks to expand its portfolio to include high-growth, subscription-based companies. 

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