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Jon Charles

Samsung Catalyst Fund

Jonathan is a Senior Investment Manager at the Samsung Catalyst Fund, an evergreen $100M early-stage fund with offices in Silicon Valley, London, Tel Aviv, and Seoul. Investments are strategic and tied to various Samsung initiatives in the IoT, autonomous and connected car, digital health, and cloud infrastructure sectors.

At Catalyst Fund's Silicon Valley office, Jonathan works on all aspects of the venture capital process, including investment thesis development, deal sourcing, negotiations, due diligence, and various portfolio management activities. Jonathan is also heavily involved in the development of licensing and commercial agreements, where he works closely with founders and Samsung product teams.

Jonathan is specifically responsible for the IoT sector and also spends significant time on the autonomous and connected car sector. While Catalyst Fund activities are typically held confidential, Jonathan has most recently worked on driving the investment process for a publicly announced investment in Afero, a Silicon Valley-based early-stage startup focused on building an IoT platform. He will be serving as board observer at Afero.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Jonathan holds both an MBA and an MHA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He also holds a joint MS degree from the Carnegie Mellon Schools of Computer Science and Business and has completed an MPH from the Tulane School of Public Health. His undergraduate studies in life sciences were completed at Loyola Marymount, a Jesuit university in Los Angeles.

A member of Class 21, Jonathan served his fellowship at the Samsung Catalyst Fund under the mentorship of Richard Irving. Richard serves as an independent Venture Advisor to the fund, and is a Founding Managing Partner at POND Ventures in the United Kingdom.