Jonathan Charles is a Principal at the Samsung Catalyst Fund (SCF), Samsung Electronics’ evergreen multi-stage venture capital fund that invests in the new data economy and strategic ideas for Samsung’s mobile, device solutions and consumer electronics groups. Investment spans across Automotive, Robotics, Digital Health, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Infrastructure, and Device-Level Solutions.
Prior to Samsung, Jonathan held business development and product marketing roles at venture-backed RoamBI (a.k.a. Mellmo). His Silicon Valley experiences also include working at Apple in a business development capacity and as an investment banker at Jefferies & Co. During and directly after business school, Jonathan also served as an investment associate at Apjohn Ventures, an early stage venture fund.
Jonathan holds an MBA and MHA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He also holds an MS 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 were completed at Loyola Marymount. Jonathan is also Kauffman Venture Capital Fellow (Class 21).
What do you like most about working at Samsung?
Internally at Samsung and externally with our portfolio startups, I’m exposed to amazing technical teams and businesses that are often building near-unbelievable, science fiction-like technologies. It’s the future!
If you could be a superhero, who would you want to be?
Wolverine because he heals up—no knee replacements for him, no matter what. Well, after the first total body procedure, that is.
What’s your favorite movie?
What key phrase, motto, or quotation motivates you?
Endeavor to persevere!