Katherine Barr is a Founding Partner at Wildcat where she focuses on investments in workforce automation, consumer platforms, digital marketplaces and retail and e-commerce innovation that leverage predictive analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and/or robotics to disrupt large markets.
From an early age, Katherine was entrepreneurial and inquisitive. Whether it was starting a residential painting company in college or working on a ranch with 80 cowboys, Katherine followed her own path to pursue her dreams. Early in her career, Katherine worked on the Nagano Winter Olympics Committee where she immersed herself in Japanese business culture. It was a training ground for her skills in negotiation, problem solving and team building.
Katherine is a founding board and charter member, as well as former co-chair of the C100, the leading Canadian technology entrepreneur association in North America, and is a member of the Advisory Council on Economic Growth for Canada’s Minister of Finance. She serves as an advisor for the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) West, which supports innovators in their creation of high-growth companies and is an Emmy Noether Council Member at the Perimeter Institute, one of the world’s leading institutes of theoretical physics.
Katherine began her venture capital career at Mohr Davidow Ventures. Prior to her investing career, Katherine was a senior negotiator at Vantage Partners (Harvard Negotiation Project-founded) for global technology companies, such as IBM, Cisco, Applied Materials and HP, on their deals with customers, partners and service providers. She also served as a senior product manager at HSA (a communications startup) and a senior marketing manager at ACCESS (a global software solutions provider for mobile devices).
Katherine received a B.A. from McGill University, and completed an M.A. and the M.S. core curriculum in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University.
- Katherine currently sits on the boards of BuildDirect, KEY Concierge, Ruby Ribbon and WorkFusion, and is an investor in Garage Capital Reserve, Retention Science, Ritual, VINA, and Zuckerberg Media.
- Katherine’s prior investments include Ando (acquired by UberEats), FIGS (acquired by Tulco), and Ticketfly (acquired by Pandora, NYSE: P).