Paul Slaats is a Partner with over 30 years of technology-related operating and investing experience. Paul has served in executive, founder and director roles in technology businesses across internet and cloud-based software, e-commerce, social media, mobile applications, online marketing, and data management and analytics platforms. From 1996 through 2010, Paul was a Managing Director at Internet Capital Group (“ICG”, now Actua) having joined the company as its third employee. Paul and John Shoemaker worked together at ICG and subsequently co-founded Spyglass Partners, a small startup private equity investment firm. Prior to ICG, Paul was an Associate at Safeguard Scientifics, a Mid-Atlantic based venture investment group and a founding investor in ICG. Paul’s prior software industry experience includes leadership positions in business development at SAP. He previously held positions in product development, marketing and sales management with IBM.
Paul has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Paul is a midwestern native with many years spent in Chicago, where he met his wife while waiting for a bus. He loves live music and is active in many sports, including running, which is good should he ever need to keep clear of his two college football and rugby playing sons, either of whom could take him down if he ever got on their bad side. Fortunately, his high school daughter will always love him.