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 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.
As a successful serial entrepreneur, Louis founded Earnest after experiencing firsthand the issues with the existing financial system. He saw how financially responsible young people were being overpriced and underserved by traditional financial institutions and realized it was possible to fix the broken system by using better software, access to data, and user-centered design to create a better client experience focused on building lifetime relationships.
In 2013, Louis left a16z and founded Earnest to democratize access to high quality financial services, with a vision to build the modern bank for the next generation. Earnest was acquired by Navient in a $155mm transaction in late 2017.
As a prolific and successful angel, Louis has invested in such companies as Ginkgo Bioworks, Gusto, Cabify, Boom Supersonics, RapidSoS, Hippo Insurance, Marqeta, CyberFend (acquired by Akamai), and many others. He currently sits on the board of both CarDash and Roofr, both graduates of YCombinator. Prior to Andreessen Horowitz, Louis attended at Harvard Business School, where he graduated with Highest Honors as a George F. Baker Scholar. Louis also hold a MPP in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a BSE in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University.