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Thatcher Bell

BS '97

Associate
DFJ Gotham Ventures (New York City, NY)

Biography

Thatcher's background includes venture investing, operating and consulting roles with software, Internet, and financial services companies.

Prior to joining DFJ Gotham, Thatcher was a Senior Analyst at North Hill Ventures, the venture capital affiliate of Capital One Financial. While at North Hill, he evaluated investments in financial technology, enterprise software and technology-enabled services companies, and was a deal team member for DealerTrack (NASDAQ: TRAK), Higher One, Exchange Solutions and Compete.

Before joining North Hill, Thatcher was Manager of Business Development at OpenPages, an enterprise software vendor, where he oversaw an acquisition and developed channel partnerships in the U.S. and Europe. Previously, he was the third employee at SharkTank, an online marketplace connecting lawyers and potential clients. Thatcher began his career as a consultant at Ernst & Young (now Cap Gemini Ernst & Young), working on competitive strategy and process improvement projects in the financial services, telecommunications, and health care industries.

While at Wharton he was a Summer Associate with Silicon Alley Venture Partners (now Greenhill SAVP) in New York, an early-stage, internet- and technology-focused venture capital firm. Thatcher also serves on the Board of Directors of the Children's Museum of the Arts in New York City.

Education

Thatcher has a BS cum laude in Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Board Affiliations

Thatcher is a Board Observer with Lumeta, Monitor110, and Worktopia.