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Jonty Kelt


Fantail Ventures

New York, US

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Jonty Kelt’s Biography

Jonty Kelt is the Founder of Fantail Ventures, a venture capital business investing in and advising innovative early stage companies. Fantail Ventures mainly engages with companies that operate in the e-commerce, data and analytics, digital media, fintech, and wellness sectors.

Jonty currently serves on the Advisory Board of commercial real estate technology company, Jasper, private credit technology company, Cadence, and financial data company, Valocity.

Previously, he helped lead the global commercial business of Palantir Technologies, the Silicon Valley technology firm that uses data strategy and technologies to protect and grow government and commercial organizations. Prior to Palantir, Jonty worked in executive roles for Google and DoubleClick; co-founded digital marketing technology and e-commerce companies in the United Kingdom and USA and co-founded a media company in China. Early in his career, he helped establish Macquarie Bank in New Zealand.

Jonty holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Philosophy, Finance and Marketing from Otago University, New Zealand. He is also a graduate of Stanford University Law School’s Directors’ College and holds a Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors, London.

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Jonty Kelt, Founder of Fantail Ventures, is an advisor to ECOMI, a platform that aims to become the world’s largest NFT marketplace where users have access multiple brands.

Jonty Kelt’s Background

Fantail Ventures
Mar 2008 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Fantail Ventures invests in and advises early stage companies in the data and analytics, digital media, e-commerce, fintech and wellness sectors.
Palantir Technologies
Jan 2015 - Jun 2018
New York, NY, USA
Palantir Technologies builds software platforms that help human experts perform powerful, collaborative analysis of data at scale. Its software is deployed at public institutions, private enterprises, and in the non-profit sector to address the challenges of responsibly making sense of complex, diverse data.
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Current Board Positions

Cadence logo Cadence logo
Advisory Board
New York, NY, USA
Cadence is the leading fintech securitization platform for private credit. It is built on the belief that investing in alternative investments should be more transparent, more accessible, and more liquid
Board of Directors
Jun 2016 - Present
Auckland, NZ
Valocity is a data and technology provider to the residential and agricultural lending industry.
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Current Advisory Roles

Auckland, NZ
Jasper's mission is to democratise commercial real estate, providing access, liquidity, and transparency to investments that have traditionally only been available to a select few.
Mar 2017 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Relay's technology platform connects restaurants that have pending orders for delivery with couriers that are available to pickup and deliver orders.
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Previous Advisory Roles

Jul 2012 - Apr 2016
New York, NY, USA
Carnival Labs is a leading mobile marketing automation platform, acquired in 2016 by Sailthru.


“Start-up Survival Through COVID-19: Hope is Not a Strategy”
Apr 2020
Aera VC Managing Partner Derek Handley and Jonty Kelt from Fantail Ventures partnered with the Icehouse Ventures to host “Start-up Survival Through COVID-19: Hope is Not a Strategy”, a virtual presentation and discussion for founders on strategies to survive through COVID-19.

Speaking Engagements

Kea Inspire 2017
Featured Speaker
Auckland, NZ
Jonty Kelt shares his story at Kea Inspire 2017. He discussed what led him to founding Fantail Ventures, his work with Palantir Technologies, and how he has used his international success to invest in numerous Kiwi startup businesses.

Jonty Kelt’s Education

Stanford University
Stanford Directors' College
2018 - 2018
University of Otago
Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Commerce, (Majors in Philosophy, Finance, Marketing)
1990 - 1994