Based in Princeton, New Jersey, Gregg E. Jaclin has established himself as a seasoned consultant with a focus on financing, mergers, acquisitions, and securities issues. His journey from traditional legal representation to becoming a valuable resource for entrepreneurial minds and small businesses across the United States reflects his unwavering commitment to helping others navigate the challenging business landscape and turn their visions into realities.
Gregg’s initial fascination with legal consulting was ignited during his years at the University of Maryland at College Park, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1992. He further honed his legal acumen at the Cardozo School of Law, where he obtained his J.D. in 1995. Armed with these credentials, Gregg embarked on a path that would lead him to become a notable figure in the consulting world.
His early career saw him rise through the ranks, culminating in his partnership at Anslow & Jaclin, LLP. Here, Gregg E. Jaclin’s focus revolved around intricate securities matters, including reverse mergers, venture capital transactions, and various equity holder agreements. His commitment to fostering effective communication and structural solutions quickly established him as a trusted advisor, leading to over 17 years of remarkable success.
However, Gregg’s ambition extended beyond the confines of a single firm. In 2013, he joined Szaferman Lakind Blumstein and Blader, P.C. as a partner, marking the beginning of a new chapter. In 2017, he took a bold step and founded his own consulting firm, JRB Consulting LLC. This move highlighted Gregg’s eagerness to explore diverse opportunities and continually enhance his skills for the benefit of his clients.
During his tenure at JRB Consulting LLC, Gregg’s role underwent a transformation. Gradually stepping back from courtroom representation, he assumed the role of an advisor, particularly for budding entrepreneurs and small business owners.
A significant aspect of Gregg’s work as a consultant was his involvement with the investment community. Leveraging his network, he facilitated connections that enabled his clients to discover new avenues for capital. Gregg Jaclin recognized the challenges inherent in acquiring private equity, and his resourcefulness and persistence made him a valuable ally, whether it involved introducing clients to potential private equity partners or encouraging them to explore alternative capital sources.
Networking emerged as a cornerstone of Gregg’s philosophy, affirming the importance of strong relationships in consulting. His ability to forge deep connections with clients and peers alike enabled him to offer more comprehensive guidance and solutions. Through this approach, he proved that successful consultancy transcends mere transactions and becomes a partnership built on trust and mutual growth.
In recent times, Gregg E. Jaclin has pivoted his focus towards public equity, particularly in the realm of initial public offerings (IPOs). With startups increasingly going public, his expertise in financial consulting positions him as a knowledgeable guide for investors and businesses seeking to harness the potential rewards of becoming publicly traded entities. His proficiency allows him to advise clients from all angles, be it the perspective of investors or business owners.
What is your typical day, and how do you make it productive?
I start my day early around 6:30. After completing Wordle and Connections, I look at the news of the day which includes The New York Times and ESPN. I then look at emails and go from there. I spend most of my day on the phone or on zoom. When I’m on the phone, I head outside and get my steps in so I’m achieving multiple goals.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I’m a team player so I like to talk through ideas with my colleagues and process out all of the pros and cons.
What’s one trend that excites you?
I like the trend towards more environmental products. I’m about to buy my first EV and am really excited about making a personal impact.
What is one habit that helps you be productive?
Waking up early and getting my day started. And getting my exercise in, specifically steps while I’m on the phone.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Hard work will continue to payoff and remember that each person you meet with can be turned into an opportunity at some point in life.
Tell us something you believe almost nobody agrees with you.
In a basketball game when one team is up by 3 and the losing team has possession, the winning team should foul so that their opponent can’t tie the game with a 3 pointer. I can’t tell you how many times, the losing team throws up a 3-pointer and it goes in and now there’s overtime. Most people don’t agree with me but take the foul shots and the winning team gets the ball back in the end.
What is the one thing you repeatedly do and recommend everyone else do?
To get my steps in, I put earbuds in and walk around my house and my yard while on conference calls. It’s a great way to get exercise.
When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, what do you do?
I take a break, have a snack, maybe go for a walk or read something sports-related. Then I feel refreshed.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business or advance in your career?
I maintain some level of contact with almost everyone I’ve met over the course of my career. I may not reach out often but at least 1-2 times per year, I make contact.
What is one failure in your career, how did you overcome it, and what lessons did you take away from it?
I didn’t advocate enough for what I needed or what my business needed. I assumed my boss or partner would take care of things. I learned not to totally rely on people, even if it’s someone who’s in a higher position than you.
What is one business idea you’re willing to give away to our readers?
ALWAYS respond to people in a timely fashion. Never let an email go without a response for more than 12 hours. And, never burn a relationship. You never know when that person might be helpful or you might work together.
What is one piece of software that helps you be productive? How do you use it?
I’m pretty low-tech so I rely on my phone for keeping track of all of my contacts and of course my computer.
What is the best $100 you recently spent?
I just spent more than $100 on indoor court time for basketball. I believe it’s so important to do activities that bring pleasure. I love playing basketball and connecting with my friends in person 2-3 times per week.
Do you have a favorite book or podcast from which you’ve received much value?
The podcast How I Built This is fascinating to learn how everyday products were created and then became part of our culture. It shows me that anything is possible.
What’s a movie or series you recently enjoyed and why?
I just finished Special Ops: Lioness starring Zoe Saldana. I thought it was terrific learning about this real-life CIA group.
- Start your day the same way each day. Having a routine is important to feel in control and set up for success.
- Work your contacts, even the ones that you don’t see or hear from on a regular basis. Set up a schedule to reach out. One never knows where the next piece of business will come from.
- Exercise every day. It doesn’t have to be a big workout but be sure to move EVERYDAY!
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.