At Catapult we believe it is better to risk boldness than triviality. The most transformative technology innovations and the best venture returns accrue to companies that succeed at massive scale. That level of outperformance comes overwhelmingly from solving complex, global problems in markets ripe for disruption by technology-enabled solutions. As such, Catapult focuses single-mindedly on companies that have the ability to become dominant platform companies.

Jonathan Tower

Jonathan Tower

Jonathan Tower is Founder and Managing Partner at Catapult. During his investing career, Jonathan has deployed more than $220mm in more than two dozen companies across three core investment themes: consumer (ecommerce, marketplaces), enterprise (software, services) and AI/big data (fintech, storage).

Jonathan led investments in Jet.com (acquired by Walmart for $3.5 Billion), Dollar Shave Club (acquired by Unilever for $1 Billion), MapR Technologies, Madison Reed, Qumulo, Freshly, InsideView, IfOnly, Price.com, Zenplace, Kanler, Sourceeasy, BillFloat, Neighborly, Primary Data, and many others 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 technology conferences and a contributor to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The L.A. Times, Fortune, Fast Company, CNBC, KQED & Forbes. Jonathan's blog, Adventure Capitalist, has been featured in San Jose Mercury News and Fortune.