Industry Update
Appointment23 April 2018

Katherine Grass

Appointed Venture Partner
At Thayer Ventures Acquisition Corporation in Valencia - CA, USA

Katherine Grass

Thayer Ventures, the only venture capital firm focused exclusively on innovation in travel and transportation technology, announced the appointment of Katherine Grass as Venture partner. Grass is based in Madrid and will help further accelerate the firm's alignment with global strategic investors and its investment reach to promising start-ups in Europe and Asia. Thayer Ventures had the first close of its Fund III last year. Grass has more than twenty years in technology, helping companies view, formulate and drive investment and innovation. She served most recently as Global Head of Innovation and Ventures at Amadeus Group, where she created the innovation division, including Amadeus Ventures, an Open API program and a trends and research unit focusing on the latest trends impacting travel.

From hotels to airlines, entertainment and alternative lodging to ride sharing, travel and transportation are aready experiencing seismic change, which promises to increase and accelerate even further in the next decade. In line with its sole focus on travel and transportation innovation, Thayer Ventures leverages a uniquely deep Industry Advisory Network of decision makers and strategic limited partners to help capture proprietary deal flow, offer portfolio companies unmatched tactical and strategic value, and drive partner returns. In addition to Strategic Industry investors, Thayer Ventures funds include traditional institutional investors and Family Offices.

Thayer Ventures Acquisition Corporation

Thayer Ventures Acquisition Corporation is a newly formed blank check company incorporated for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses (the “Business Combination”).
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Leland Pillsbury - Managing Director

16 January 2017 — Thayer Ventures, the only venture capital firm focused specifically on innovation in travel technology, announced the appointment of Leland “Lee” Pillsbury as Managing Director, and launched its third investment fund, targeted to raise $100 million to invest in disruptive companies in the $10 trillion global travel and hospitality industry.
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