SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Comcast Ventures, the venture capital affiliate of Comcast Corporation, today announced the hire of Kai Bond as principal to lead Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund. Bond will be based out of New York and focus on investing in early-stage startups in NYC and startups led by minority entrepreneurs across the country.
“I am delighted to welcome Kai Bond to Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund,” said Amy Banse, Managing Director and Head of Funds for Comcast Ventures. “His network, operational expertise and product knowledge will be an excellent addition to our team, helping us identify new types of investments for the growing Catalyst Fund.”
Prior to joining Comcast Ventures, Bond served as the general manager of Samsung Accelerator investing in frontier tech and consumer apps. He was the founder of pixietv, a smart TV app acquired by Samsung, which gave way to Bond’s eventual role as director working on Samsung Extra, an interactive TV application. Bond was also a founder of two gaming companies, CashPlay Games and SwitchGames, served as general manager at Hatch Labs, and worked in product, M&A, and strategy roles at IAC, Microsoft, and Gerson Lehrman Group.
“Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund’s mission of identifying and funding typically underrepresented groups is a strategy I’m excited to get behind,” said Bond. “I look forward to working with the existing portfolio as well as making new investments in 2017. As Comcast Ventures continues to expand its NYC footprint for seed deals, I am thrilled to work with entrepreneurs in this ecosystem.”
Bond serves as a mentor at Defy Ventures and Techstars. He earned his B.A. in international relations from Wesleyan University.
About Comcast Ventures
Comcast Ventures is the venture capital affiliate of Comcast Corporation. Comcast Ventures invests in innovative businesses that represent the next generation of technologies that will change the way people live, work and interact. Comcast Ventures consists of the previously combined Comcast Interactive Capital and NBCUniversal Peacock Equity Fund.
About Catalyst Fund
The Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund was established in 2011 as part of Comcast Corp.’s acquisition of NBCUniversal as a unique investing vehicle to elevate minority entrepreneurship by matching capital and resources with underrepresented minority entrepreneurs. For more information about Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund, visit http://cvcatalyst.com/.