Jon was most recently a Partner of Motive Partners, a specialist investment firm focused on technology-enabled companies that power the financial services industry based in London and New York. Previous to that, Jon founded the Springboard Accelerator that merged with Techstars to become Techstars London; their first international accelerator, as well as helping to co-found F6S and Tech.eu. Jon has invested in over 100 startups over the last decade and had the good fortune to invest in some amazing entrepreneurs over the years that include Apiary, Hassle, Tray.io, Flitto (that recently IPO’ed in Korea), Sendbird and Chainalysis.
By way of fate (and the virtuous circle that the startup universe operates), Ted initially met Jon during his sabbatical year he took in London where he served as one of Jon’s mentors in his final year as Managing Director of Techstars London. Jon was the inspiration behind Dynamo during his first trip to Chattanooga where he culminated a two-day session at the Terminal Brewery where he was looking at the Choo Choo in reflection and remarked, “Chattanooga should have a supply chain and mobility fund. The city has automakers, brokers, trucks, and warehouses - there’s a huge vintage train sign in downtown for heaven’s sake!” You could say that the rest’s history!
Given that 30% of our investments are abroad with a heavy concentration in Europe, Jon will be based in London but will also spend time working with select US investments. If you’re a European founder working on something in supply chain, an investor interested in the space, or a friend from the corporate landscape, give him a shout at jon dot dynamo dot vc.
Additionally, he will be frequently writing and sharing perspectives on supply chain and mobility. He brings a fresh pair of eyes on the subject from the vantage of point of seeing comparable trends in other industries as they emerge and become digitized.
Please join us in welcoming our friend, Partner, and investor-extraordinaire, Jon to the team.