Returning to Arizona to boost its entrepreneurial ecosystem, Nathan Mortensen joined Tallwave Capital with a strong venture capital network and background in deal sourcing, due diligence and fund strategy. As Principal of the fund, he oversees sourcing, diligence, governance and day-to-day operations of its $13.15 million Tallwave Commercialization Fund I. Closed in October 2014, the fund is concentrating on early-stage B2B software and technology companies across a variety of verticals and platforms with over 12 investments across the Mountain West, Southwest and West Coast.
Mr. Mortensen developed a passion for business while growing up in a small family business here in Arizona. After earning his undergraduate degree in Finance from Arizona State University, he explored corporate America by working at ON Semiconductor, The Boeing Company, First Solar and Celanese, primarily in finance, strategy and commercial roles. He then decided to pivot his career by returning to school and completing an MBA in Finance & Entrepreneurship from Brigham Young University (BYU). While attending BYU, he tasted the exciting world of startups and venture capital. He served as a director at Cougar Capital, a $2.5M student-run venture capital fund, and also worked at Peterson Partners in Salt Lake City improving investment selection for the early stage venture and search fund groups.