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Catalyst Investors Seeks 5 Additional Advisory Group Members



At Catalyst Investors our mission is to “generate superior returns by helping entrepreneurs build great growth companies.”  It’s a mission we take very seriously.

A key component to our success in achieving this mission is our network of Advisory Group members. Catalyst’s Advisory Group members are an interactive network of talented individuals that like to collaborate with us and our portfolio companies. Most of our Advisory Group members are current or retired senior executives out of our industries (technology-enabled services). Existing members’ experience includes Senior-Level positions at organizations such as AOL, Cogent, Comcast, FCC, News Corp, SAP, and Symantec, as well as many other founders and executives of entrepreneurial companies from our sectors.

What  is Catalyst looking for?

While we are interested in members with many different types of backgrounds and experiences, we have identified the following five specs as priority additions to the team:

  • A technology executive (CTO, VP of Development, Chief Product Officer) with a history of building and scaling the technology stack at a SaaS company;
  • A business development executive (SVP/VP of Business or Corporate Development) who has executed strategic alliances and built channel partnerships, preferably at a software or internet company;
  • A human resources executive (CHRO, Chief People Officer) who has created and scaled processes and procedures in planning, recruiting, performance management, talent development, cultural development and compensation/ benefits at a company with a recognized strength in hiring and retaining great people;
  • A marketing executive (CMO, SVP/VP of Marketing) who has strategic and tactical experience in product marketing, corporate branding and customer acquisition functions; and
  • An advertising executive at a top agency with a history of evaluating and negotiating with advertising technology vendors.

Catalyst Investors: Growth Equity Investors

We are growth equity investors, and we try to leverage every tool at our disposal to find, invest in and help manage great private growth companies. We focus on “technology enabled services”, investing over the years in SaaS companies like MessageLabs (acquired by Symantec/SYMC) and MINDBODYdigital media companies like Nine Systems (acquired by Akamai/AKAM) and WeddingWire; internet infrastructure companies like Latisys and Codero; wireless infrastructure companies like Aloha Wireless (acquired by AT&T/T) and InSite Wireless; ad tech companies like MediaMath andVideology; and so on. We’ve been fortunate to work with very talented entrepreneurs and have been proud of the success of our portfolio companies and, by extension, of our investment funds.

The Advisory Group Program: Networking and Collaboration

Our Advisory Group members consider the program to be a great way to expand their own networks and to stay abreast of industry trends. We share deal flow, co-investment opportunities, active investment themes, consulting opportunities, board seat opportunities, job opportunities, functional advice, networking contacts and the opportunity to interact with other executives in dynamic, growing industries. Advisory Group Members are an integral part of the Catalyst family and have many opportunities to interact with the Catalyst Investors team and with each other, including at our annual dinner the night before our annual meeting.

The Advisory Group role is not a paid position.

Why are we looking to expand our Advisory Group now? We periodically assess what additional skill sets would be helpful to our portfolio company management teams. We also assess what types of backgrounds would add the right elements of diverse viewpoints around the proverbial table.

“The Ask”

So for those readers out there: if you or any member of your network fits the description of the specs outlined above and would be interested in getting involved with Catalyst, please feel free to reach out to a member of the Catalyst team. Our email convention is “first name at catalystinvestors dot com”. If you’re not quite sure your person fits the spec but would make a great  member regardless, please err on the side of sending them over. We are always excited to meet great people!

The Catalyst Team

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