Catalyst is exploring the Retail Analytics space defined as the technologies that brands and retailers leverage to increase the likelihood of initial and repeat purchases (store management, sales and marketing, finance and inventory, customer experience, pure-play analytics, etc.).
At the growth stage of the funding lifecycle, companies are at an inflection point and are evaluating which strategic hires they need to make as they scale. Regardless of stage, industry, headcount, or funding, most growth companies need help building out their finance departments. Growth-stage companies in particular seek to recruit additional financial expertise (including capital formation experience and operations acumen), replace existing talent, or staff up the department for the first time.
To capitalize on this exciting trend, Catalyst is beginning to explore the Data-Driven Customer Experience Management (“Data-Driven CXM”) space.
Catalyst Investors is seeking a pre-MBA Associate to assist the Investment Team. Investment responsibilities include deal origination, investment screening and transaction execution. This position is uniquely suited to candidates seeking a hybrid experience of deal sourcing and transaction execution. The pre-MBA Associate will have the opportunity to work directly with senior members of the Investment Team.
U.S. Legal Services is a $430 billion industry comprising roughly 2% of the domestic economy. However, law firms and corporate law departments are relatively underpenetrated by technology thus we have yet to see a robust volume of venture-backed legal tech companies achieving scale, nor a single Legal Tech company to go public. Candidly, lawyers do not make the best purchasers of technology; law firms and legal departments lack substantial tech budgets, sophistication and willingness to adopt technology. However, we believe that a confluence of factors is catalyzing a dramatic transformation in the industry.
Real estate assets are a major contributor to the U.S. GDP. Now consider the amount of work it takes to maintain such a large asset class, which consists of all residential and commercial buildings around the country. Real Estate Technology (“RETech”) companies are doing just this, developing web and mobile solutions capable of addressing the multiple pain points associated with developing, owning and renting real estate.
Catalyst believes that Travel Tech presents a compelling market opportunity and welcomes discussion with growth-stage B2B or B2B2C business in the space. For our first foray into the New Wave of Travel Tech, we frame the broader market by separating it into three main verticals: transportation, lodging and activities.
The optimal way for brands to drive online sales is, counterintuitively, to open more brick and mortar stores… so long as the retailers 1) differentiate, 2) offer an experience, 3) prioritize data, and 4) build out a robust supply chain solution.
We live in a world where you can get anything on-demand – haircuts, house calls from doctors, and yes, even a date for your dog. Aided by the increasing popularity of on-demand apps as well as the rising prevalence of the freelance economy, the sector has continued to grow and iterate.
Catalyst has been investing in SaaS since before the term was coined (we funded MessageLabs, an enterprise email security SaaS offering, in 2000). Since then, we have invested in several other growth stage SaaS businesses, including MINDBODY (NASDAQ:MB, business management software for health and wellness studios), Ascentis (human resources management software), Jobvite (social recruiting software), and Conductor (content intelligence software for marketers), among others. Over the years, we have shared our views on how the SaaS space is evolving, including a research piece (SaaS Investors: Mind the Valuation GAP (Growth at Any Price)) that introduced our proprietary equation for valuing SaaS companies.