Senior Managing Director, Tech Investment Banking
J.T. Stephens is a Senior Managing Director of Tech Investment Banking at SVB Securities and covers the Commerce Enablement, Consumer Internet, and Marketing Software sectors. He helped lead SVB Securities’ Tech Investment Banking team to serve as joint bookrunner for Skillz’s $300 million 144A offering of senior notes and co-manager of ZipRecruiter’s $550 million 144A offering of senior notes.
J.T. joined the firm in 2021 with over 15 years of Investment Banking experience where he previously led the Internet practice at UBS where he focused on strategic advisory, capital raising and leverage finance assignments. He also was a member of the Technology Investment Banking teams at RBC Capital Markets and Robertson Stephens. Earlier in his career, J.T. held leadership roles at Six Apart, a content management platform that catered to SMBs, and Overstock.com (NASDAQ: OSTK), an early pioneer in the eCommerce sector.
Over the course of his banking career, J.T. has advised boards and management teams on over 100 transactions including public equity financings, mergers & acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, private placements, recapitalizations and revolving credit facilities. His corporate clients have included Ancestry.com, Autotrader, Autodata/JD Power, Bazaarvoice, Cision, Cvent, Doordash, Dropbox, eBay, Facebook, Farfetch, GoDaddy, Inspirato, Lyft, LendingTree, Neustar, OEConnection, Roku, Shutterfly, SiteMinder, SkipTheDishes, SurveyMonkey, TheRealReal, Ticketfly, The Trade Desk, Viant, Vivid Seats, WeWork, Wish, Yext and Zynga. J.T. also spends time actively covering the private equity and venture capital communities.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA in Finance, Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.