Jon Chait has over 30 years of experience in building high-growth technology, digital media and service companies as an investor, entrepreneur and former operating executive. He’s served as a Board director, observer or strategic advisor to dozens of companies across the US and Europe. Jon has deep insights in software, marketing and new media that frame his investment interests at Dace.
Jon currently serves as board observer for Ticket Evolution and EveryScape, and director of Apptient (f/k/a Marlin Mobile). Jon was previously active in Dace’s investment in Vitrue (acquired by Oracle), Cartera Commerce (acquired by Ebates division of Rakuten), and LiveRamp (acquired by Acxiom) as well as a board observer for HealthGuru (acquired and merged subsequently to Propel Media) and director for LocaModa (acquired by Monster Media). He was also an active advisor to Kanvas Labs (acquired by AOL division of Verizon).
Before teaming on founding Dace, Jon was a principal and partner-nominee at Pod Holding (now Pod Venture Partners) in Boston, MA and Stockholm, Sweden, investing in early-stage ICT convergence and consumer ventures. Jon was actively involved with Pod’s existing investments in Peppercoin (acquired and merged subsequently to Heartland Payment), ServiceFactory (acquired by Birdstep), Corestreet (acquired by ActivIdentity), OzVision and others.
Previously he served as managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, a VC seed fund and investment bank. Jon also was CEO and founder of Reality Bytes (sold to Lightpaths), a new media entertainment publisher and leading middleware solutions provider to MPC/console and video graphics OEM’s. He earlier held engineering, marketing and management positions at Lotus Development Corp., (now IBM/Lotus).