Katherine Barr was a Founding Partner at Wildcat where she focused on investments in workforce automation, consumer platforms, digital marketplaces and retail and e-commerce innovation that leveraged 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 served as an advisor for the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) West, which supports innovators in their creation of high-growth companies and was 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’s prior investments include BuildDirect, FIGS (acquired by Tulco), KEY Concierge, Garage Capital, Hey VINA, Reserve (acquired by Resy), Retention Science, Ritual, Ruby Ribbon, Ticketfly (acquired by Pandora, NYSE: P), WorkFusion and Zuckerberg Media.