Anthony Bontrager

Anthony Bontrager

Managing Director, WestRiver Group

Anthony Bontrager joined WestRiver in January 2018 where he enjoys partnering with entrepreneurs working on transformative ideas, contrarian approaches within companies and building long-term, sustainable value. He led WestRiver’s investments in and serves on the boards of Viewpath, Wicket Labs, Tectonic Audio Labs, PTO Exchange, and Qorus Software. He is also a strategic advisor to Madrona Venture Labs and serves on the limited partner advisory committees for Energy Innovation Capital and Two Sigma Ventures. Prior board roles include Igneous Systems, Inc. (acquired by Rubrik, Inc.).

Before WestRiver, Mr. Bontrager founded Soda Media, Inc., a strategic advisory firm for several family offices in the Pacific Northwest managing select venture investments. He was President of Onecast, a mobile video news aggregation platform launched via Craig O. McCaw’s Eagle River Investments and was co-founder and CEO of IPTV transport provider Broadstream Communications, where he negotiated $36 million in capital and infrastructure funding from various investors, including the world’s largest satellite operator, Intelsat.  Throughout his career, Mr. Bontrager has been involved in over $600 million worth of venture/angel funding, content syndication, strategic acquisitions and partnerships within the digital media, software, and wireless industries.

Mr. Bontrager holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Seattle University. He is a former member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Interactive Media Peer Group, and was a co-author of Washington State’s Wireless Siting Policy.