Jonathan Tower is the Managing Partner at Catapult, a cross-border venture capital platform which specializes in investing in emerging tech hubs outside Silicon Valley. Jonathan has deployed more than $220mm in more than 50 companies across three core investment themes: consumer (ecommerce, marketplaces), enterprise (software, services) and frontier technologies (AI/data/robotics, etc).
Jonathan’s investments have resulted in more than $7 Billion in exits, including early bets in Jet.com (acquired by Walmart for $3.5 Billion), Dollar Shave Club (acquired by Unilever for $1 Billion), Freshly (acquired by Nestle for $1.5 Billion), IfOnly (acquired by Mastercard) MapR Technologies (acquired by HP), and many others. Jonathan’s other notable investments include Madison Reed, Qumulo, InsideView, , Price.com, Zenplace, Kanler, Joy, Manufactured.Net, BillFloat, and many other companies that have gone on to become market leaders.
Jonathan began his venture career with Gabriel Venture Partners and, more recently, was a Managing Director at TriplePoint Capital and a Managing Director at Hercules Capital where he led investments in Clustrix, Votizen (acquired by Causes), Loku (acquired by Groupon), Oportun, and others. Previously, he was CEO at two successful software companies, an M&A investment banker, and a management consultant with Accenture and Braxton Associates.
Jonathan earned a MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School and a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley.
Jonathan has been a frequent speaker at tech conferences and a contributor to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The L.A. Times, Fortune, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, CNBC, KQED & Forbes. Jonathan’s blog, Adventure Capitalist, has been featured in San Jose Mercury News and Fortune.