“They say genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Catalyst perspires alongside their CEOs. That is commitment.”– Tim Chi, CEO, WeddingWire
"Catalyst’s successful SaaS track record set the firm apart from the rest when we were fundraising. Few investors understand how to scale local, SaaS businesses as well as the Catalyst team."Chris Webb, CEO, ChowNow
“Catalyst’s experience and understanding of the tower industry, support of management, and the firm’s network have helped us grow from a $100 million valuation to more than $1 billion.”- David Weisman, CEO, InSite Wireless
“The Catalyst team has been an extraordinary partner, providing value on everything from unit economics to strategy.”Dan Finnigan, CEO, Jobvite
"Catalyst invested in MINDBODY in 2009 when very few funds were deploying capital, and they have been with us every step of the way through our successful 2015 IPO."- Rick Stollmeyer, CEO, Mindbody
"Catalyst is a force multiplier on our Board, bringing insights and analysis that help shape our discussion and planning. They are a transparent, trusted partner that I am glad to have in our corner."Clay Whitehead, CEO, Presence Learning
Catalyst Investors is a growth equity venture capital firm investing in technology-enabled businesses. Founded in 1999 and currently investing out of our $377 million fourth fund, we employ a proactive, research-based approach to investing.
We target sectors that are experiencing above-average growth relative to the broader market. We utilize our proactive research program and dedicated Catalyst Advisory Group of seasoned technology entrepreneurs to recognize important market trends early. We identify and invest in world-class companies and management teams to capitalize on those trends.
Your Catalyst for Growth.
We are true growth equity investors – our returns are driven primarily by our companies’ growth, not by the use of excessive debt financing. We work in partnership with entrepreneurs to ensure that they have the full array of strategic, tactical, and financial tools to excel in fast-moving, competitive industries. We call this collaborative process the Catalyst Way.
The Catalyst Way
- Refine strategic positioning and customer value proposition
- Foster mission statement, core values, and company culture development
- Perform industry, competition, and exit planning analyses
- Executive Committee – Provide strong oversight
- Compensation Committee – Invest in human capital
- Finance & Audit Committee – Ensure proper capitalization and risk management
- Monitor performance (e.g. monthly reporting, quarterly scorecards, KPI review)
- Improve performance (e.g. direct feedback, Advisory Group members, Catalyst network)
- Manage business lifecycle evolution (e.g. scalable processes, sale or IPO planning)
Partner With Management
Catalyst collaborates with management teams to buy, build, and grow enduring companies by providing strategic and financial support. Our active board participation and industry expertise enable us to work together with management to achieve common goals. We always strive to take the long view and recognize the critical importance of working with management to build companies of enduring value.