José Ancer

Partner and Chief Technology Officer

José Ancer

Harvard Law School
(J.D., cum laude)

Dean's Scholar Prizes in Securities Regulation, Startup Company Law & Finance, and Business Strategy

University of Texas at Austin
(B.A., Economics & Philosophy with highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa)


José is a corporate and securities Partner representing market-leading startups and emerging growth companies nationally on entity formation, angel, venture capital and private equity financings, exit transactions, corporate governance, and other high-stakes corporate matters. For over more than a decade he has advised founder CEOs and Boards of high-tech, life sciences, and CPG emerging growth companies on legal issues with respect to hiring, growth, board governance, and financing strategy. In particular, he enjoys serving as a pragmatic strategic advisor for first-time and serial entrepreneurs navigating complex financing and governance matters on behalf of their companies.

In addition to his legal practice, José serves as Optimal’s Chief Technology Officer, with a focus on leveraging leading-edge technology to drive efficiencies and improve service quality for the firm’s client base.

For new client inquiries, please note that José does not represent investors or founders as individuals. His practice focuses exclusively on company representation.


Throughout his career José has represented pre-seed through Series C companies backed by a16z, Sequoia, Tiger Global, Accel, Draper, Y Combinator and Techstars, Khosla, Susa, IVP, and many other elite venture and growth funds, on transactions ranging from formation, to 6 and 7-figure seed and VC rounds, to 8 or 9-figure growth rounds or exits.

Markets Recently RepresenteD
  • AI and Machine Learning
  • Social Networking Platforms
  • Biotech and Biopharma
  • Medical Devices and Health Tech
  • Enterprise and Consumer Cybersecurity
  • Biometric-based Identity Verification
  • Crypto and Blockchain
  • Online Ed-Tech
  • Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
  • Carbon-based Nanotechnology
  • Consumer-Focused Hardware
  • Consumer and Enterprise SaaS
  • Electrical Motors
  • Direct-to-Consumer and Online Retail
  • Video Games and Esports
  • Food and Beverage
  • Dietary and Nutritional Supplements
  • Cannabis (including CBD) Products
  • Startups in all major accelerators, including Y Combinator and Techstars.