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Bethesda Magazine gives inside look at Catalyst-backed WeddingWire

In 2006, Tim Chi and some of his Cornell/Blackboard colleagues conceived a startup called WeddingWire Inc. The concept was simple: The business would take the frustration out of wedding planning and provide a one-stop site where couples could browse everything from dresses to venues, and choose vendors based on reviews. Think of it as an assembly kit for nuptial novices, enhanced by the business reviews popularized by Trip Advisor, Yelp and similar sites. A decade later, WeddingWire is highly profitable and having the best honeymoon ever. It is the dominant technology company serving the $100 billion wedding industry, an online wedding planning resource designed to serve both engaged couples and wedding professionals.

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Catalyst’s Kapil Desai judges AgTech & Food Tech pitch competition at Forbes Mixing Bowl event

Forbes and The Mixing Bowl gathered 140 thought leaders, investors and industry executives to explore how information technology can be harnessed to solve challenges in food and agriculture. Participants engaged in a substantive dialogue on the role of technology in “changing food & farming at scale” and the “fight for the fork”. These themes were explored through a series of moderated discussions, the Blender Business Pitch competition – judged in part by Catalyst’s Kapil Desai – and interactive breakout sessions.

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Catalyst Investors Sells its Stake in Ascentis

Catalyst Investors Fund III successfully exited its investment in Ascentis, a leading provider of Human Capital Management (HCM) products including HR management software and payroll services to middle-market companies. Catalyst sourced the company directly through its network and has been a control investor with Tyler Newton, Susan Bihler and Chris Shipman as board members since 2012. Under Catalyst’s ownership, company revenues have grown from $10mm to $28mm, at a compound annual growth rate of 30%.  Summit Partners is the new control investor.

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Catalyst portfolio company WeddingWire acquires Matrimonio.it

WeddingWire, Inc., the leading global online marketplace connecting engaged couples with event professionals, acquired Matrimonio.it by its Italian subsidiary. This addition, together with WeddingWire’s existing site Matrimonio.com, allows WeddingWire to create the most comprehensive resource for wedding planning in Italy and to reinforce its position as the country’s leading wedding site.

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We are hiring!

Catalyst Investors is seeking a pre-MBA Analyst/Associate to assist the Investment Team. Investment responsibilities include deal origination, investment screening and transaction execution. The pre-MBA Analyst/Associate will have the opportunity to work directly with senior members of the Investment Team.

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