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Paul Arnold

Founder at Switch Ventures


Paul Arnold is a venture investor and former startup executive. Paul has made 33 investments in 22 software-enabled startups since 2013; together, these startups have raised more than $199 million.

He is the founder of Switch Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm, where he has built a high-performing portfolio by identifying the most talented startup entrepreneurs. Paul applies a proprietary, data-driven approach to identifying founders, using a unique dataset to identify those who will outperform the venture industry—proving that investors can make smarter, better investments by taking predictive data seriously.

Before becoming a venture investor, Paul was the first senior executive at AppDirect, a leading cloud service platform making software and products accessible globally, helping build it from a small startup into the unicorn ($1B+ valuation) it is today. He oversaw company-wide operations, including account management, customer success and support, marketing, and special projects.

 Paul also spent four years at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, in its Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices. Working across technology, finance, and consumer product industries, he partnered with C-suite, Board, and frontline employees to drive changes.

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