Don Butler is a Managing Director at Thomvest Ventures. Don works closely with committed entrepreneurs to create businesses that can become leaders in their respective markets. Don has over two decades of venture capital experience and leads the firm’s FinTech and MarTech investing practices. Don’s investments in FinTech include Blend, Credijusto, Kabbage, LendingClub (NYSE: LC), Ribbon, SoFi, and Tala. Don’s MarTech investments include DataXu (acquired by Roku), NetBase, Singular, and Vungle (acquired by Blackstone). Don’s prior investments include Cylance (acquire by Blackberry), FlashSoft (acquired by SanDisk), GuardianEdge (acquired by Symantec), and Okena (acquired by Cisco).
Don spent the early part of his careers as an investment banking analyst for Lehman Brothers in their New York and San Francisco offices where he worked in both their energy and technology industry groups. Later, he joined Asia Pacific Ventures where he led the Japanese business development efforts for several companies in the software industry. Don has a BA in Chinese Literature & Language from UCLA and Master’s degrees from Stanford in both Asian Studies and Political Science.