VIDEO Interview with Jonathon Perrelli, Founding Partner at Fortify VC

Posted October 8, 2012

Matt Hunckler

CEO & Founder, Powderkeg

jonathon perrelliJonathon Perrelli founded numerous companies and has been involved with tech and telecomm startups since 1996. But it wasn’t until a few years ago that Perrelli zeroed in on what brings him alive and co-founded

Fortify is a DC-based tech fund that leverages the proven experience of their network to give our portfolio companies the connections and guidance needed to succeed. It’s become a critical ingredient to the DC startup community and helped dozens of entrepreneurs start and grow their companies.

Here’s the full interview:

Jonathon Perrelli of shares some startup lessons learned:

  • The jump from telecommunications to software
  • Sales role as a starting place in startups
  • Connect early with good mentorship
  • Why culture is one of the most important things in any business
  • Find what you’re good at and do that
  • The importance of startup events like Distilled Intelligence

You can catch Jonathon at Distilled Intelligence in Washington DC, or connect with him at the Powder Keg, in Indianapolis next week. Will you be there?



Matt Hunckler

CEO & Founder, Powderkeg

Matt is the founder and CEO of Powderkeg, a network of local communities with global reach for tech entrepreneurs, investors, and top talent. Powderkeg entrepreneurs have collectively raised more than $500 million in capital and are disrupting industries, creating wealth, and changing the world from areas beyond Silicon Valley. Hunckler has led successful teams with his own ventures, as well as Inc. 500 companies and venture-funded tech startups. He's been named an Under 30 CEO Entrepreneur to Watch and an IBJ Forty Under 40 Honoree for his entrepreneurial endeavors. @hunckler