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Sam Cates

Director

Sam is a Director of Investing. He is based in Washington, DC, and joined the team in 2013. 

Sam invests in software and technology companies across several categories, including the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), edge computing, distributed systems, data infrastructure, and machine learning. He looks for products and services that create value in the emerging ecosystem at the intersection of digital and physical systems, which improve productivity for large sections of the industrial economy. 

Sam’s previous experience includes finance and corporate development roles at GE’s power generation, aircraft engine, and corporate lending businesses. He is also a graduate of GE’s Financial Management and Corporate Audit Staff programs. 

Sam holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Clemson University. He sits on the boards of resin.io and TTTech, and previously served on the board of Bit Stew, PingThings, and kWantera. 

For more than a decade, Sam has been a volunteer and coach with the Special Olympics. Currently, he coaches with the Special Olympics DC unified soccer teams.