Jon KeidanFounder at Torch Capital
Jonathan is an entrepreneur and investor who has focused his career on the intersection between consumers, media and technology. He is the co-founder of digital media company InsideHook, and the founder of Torch Capital, an early-stage consumer venture fund focusing on mission-driven, next-gen consumer brands and tech platforms. Jonathan was an early backer of a number of top consumer start-ups including Acorns, Sweetgreen, Ro (Roman), Compass (NYSE: COMP), Zoc Doc, Digital Ocean (NYSE:DOCN) and Tia which have a total current market value of over $25B. He also was the initial backer of Sir Kensington’s Condiments (acquired by Unilever) and Parcel (acquired by Walmart).
Jonathan previously worked at McKinsey & Company in their Media & Technology practice. He then went on to work for former General Electric CEO, Jack Welch, launching his online education venture and at Mendeley, a UK tech company that offered the world's largest online research collaborationplatform. He started his career in the entertainment business, where he founded a music talent management company, developing and directing the careers of high-profile artists, songwriters and producers.
Jonathan has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a founding board member of the Bronx Success Academy 1 elementary charter school, and a board member of All-Star Code, an organization training minority boys to code and encouraging more diversity in the tech industry. He is also a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the CoTrustee of the George Gershwin Family Trust.