Tory Patterson

Managing Director

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Tory is the co-founder of Owl Ventures and is actively involved with all facets of the firm. He currently serves on the board of directors for Accelerate Learning, BetterLesson, Gather, Hazel Health, Kiddom, Labster, Morressier, Newsela, Noodle, Quizlet, Real, Rebel Girls, Remind, Subject and uLesson. As one of the early pioneers in the next generation of leading EdTech companies, Tory has led investments in some of the most successful companies in the sector. He is a former board member of Owl portfolio companies Degreed, DreamBox Learning (acquired by Evergreen), BakPax (acquired by Teacher’s Pay Teachers), Imbellus (acquired by Roblox) and LearnZillion (acquired by Imagine Learning). As a lead investor and board member he has played a hands-on role helping leading edtech companies across all facets of development including core definition and measurement of value proposition, sales & distribution, hiring, funding and eventual paths to successful exit.

Prior to Owl Ventures, Tory was a Partner at Catamount Ventures where he founded and ran one of the venture industry’s first education investment practices. There he led investments in education companies TenMarks (acquired by Amazon), MasteryConnect (acquired by Instructure), PresenceLearning (acquired by Bain Capital) and EdSurge (acquired by ISTE).

Tory is a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow and an Edmund Hilary Global Impact Fellow. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Williams College and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.