Spartan Ventures Adds Jonathan Bragdon As Managing Partner

Friday, August 08, 2014
Jonathan Bragdon
Jonathan Bragdon

Spartan Ventures announced that Chattanooga entrepreneur Jonathan Bragdon has joined the firm as a managing partner. Mr. Bragdon will be working closely with Spartan Ventures’ portfolio companies to help them launch, finance and grow their businesses.

“I have known the team at Spartan Ventures for years, and I am excited that this has become a reality,” said Mr. Bragdon. “Being a part of Spartan Ventures creates the opportunity for me to collaborate more broadly with entrepreneurs, capital groups and community efforts in Chattanooga and beyond.“

Mr. Bragdon holds a MBA from Owen at Vanderbilt University and also attended Georgia Tech and Covenant College. Most recently, Jonathan has spent the past 16 months growing Variable Inc., a Chattanooga-based company that manufactures the NODE industrial wireless sensor platform. He will continue to work in an advisory capacity for Variable, ensuring the company’s strategic growth plans continue to be realized.

"Jonathan has had significant positive impact on the strategic direction and execution of our plan at Variable,” said George Yu, CEO, Variable Inc. “He has also served as an integral member of the executive team and we see his addition to Spartan Ventures as creating more opportunities as we continue to collaborate."

Mr. Bragdon has been actively involved in the Tennessee entrepreneurial community by mentoring, consulting and advising several startup businesses.

“I have known Jonathan since he was on the board at CreateHere and a key advisor when we were launching The Company Lab,” said Sheldon Grizzle who is also a managing partner at Spartan Ventures. “He has an impressive instinct for building companies, loves being involved in community initiatives and is greatly respected throughout Chattanooga. This is an honor for me to finally get to partner with Jonathan after so many years of brainstorming ways to work together.”

“I expect this new venture will allow me the privilege to contribute even more to our great city and the incredible people making this the best place I know of to live, work and raise a family,” added Mr. Bragdon.

Spartan Ventures is the investment and commercialization arm of Spartan Systems, a Chattanooga-based software development company. It was launched in 2014 to partner with and invest in startups that need technology as a key differentiator in their business. Spartan Ventures currently has seven portfolio companies across the United States: ReadyCart, WeCounsel, VerOnDemand, CrowdAlliance, InternMatch and UseTray.


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