About Catalyst

Forward Thinking.

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.

 

Research-Based 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.

 

Core Values

We are committed to our mission statement – to earn superior returns by helping entrepreneurs build great growth companies. At the heart of this mission are the core values that define who we are and what we do.
Growth

Growth

We are dedicated to constant improvement. We learn from our experiences, evolve with our industries and adapt to our environments.
Collaboration

Collaboration

We believe that success is rooted in teamwork — the best ideas come from collective, open dialogue.
Courage

Courage

We stick to our principles, take the high road and focus on the long term interests of our management teams, investors and employees.
Passion

Passion

We are driven by the love of what we do and the satisfaction created by successes that are earned, shared and celebrated.
Impact

Impact

We are catalysts in more than name — we are committed to making a positive difference.

The Catalyst Way

Strategic Guidance

  • Refine strategic positioning and customer value proposition
  • Foster mission statement, core values, and company culture development
  • Perform industry, competition, and exit planning analyses

Board Governance

  • Executive Committee – Provide strong oversight
  • Compensation Committee – Invest in human capital
  • Finance & Audit Committee – Ensure proper capitalization and risk management

Performance Excellence

  •  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.