JONATHON TRIEST: Managing partner of Ludlow Ventures in Detroit. Ludlow Ventures is a venture capital firm that invests in startups in the digital, technology, and Internet markets. The firm has invested in more than 40 startups, including several in Detroit. In 2011, Triest co-founded Funded by Night, a vehicle to help Internet startups launch and get discovered. Previously, he served as creative director for New York’s Discovery Productions. In 2005, he launched the Atlanta-based Triest Group, a mid-level advertising firm. In addition to his role at Ludlow, Triest is a mentor at the Brandery and Detroit’s Bizdom accelerator. He is also a board member of the Trico Foundation and Venture for America. In 2011, Triest was recognized as one of the 20 in their 20s by Crain’s Detroit Business. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

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