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Jonty Kelt


Fantail Ventures

New York, US

Jonty Kelt
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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 Board of Directors of automated retail technology company Swyft 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.

Jonty Kelt’s Newsfeed

Influential entrepreneurs call for extreme measures to combat coronavirus

A group of New Zealand entrepreneurs is calling on the Government to introduce tougher measures to protect the nation against the impact of coronavirus. The group, which has been communicating on social media, includes Zuru founder Nick Mowbray, founder of Sky TV Craig Heatley, Fantail Ventures founder Jonty Kelt, Valocity founder Carmen Vicelich, MindLab founder Frances Valintine, Smudge programme director Toby Vincent and entrepreneur Guy Horrocks.

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

Board of Directors
Jan 2017 - Present
San Francisco, CA, USA
Swyft provides next-generation automated retail store hardware, a cloud software platform and end-to-end services for brands, retailers, vend operators and enterprises.
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.
Apr 2017 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Babe is an American wine brand produced in California.
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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.

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