Jon Buttles

Jon Buttles

Venture Sponsor, Investor and Supporter

Greater Los Angeles Area
Venture Capital & Private Equity

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Jon Buttles's Overview

  • Independent Investment Banker at Merriman Capital, Inc.
  • Managing Director at SBI USA
  • Associate at Monument Advisors

500+ connections


Jon Buttles' Summary

Venture sponsor, supporter and investor seeking to build value through building great ideas and companies alongside passionate entrepreneurs. As a founding member of Core Equity Group, we use everything we have to make our ventures successful, including our vast experience in venture finance, corporate finance, business development, project management, and strategic consulting. We get in, and we get dirty.

We perform investment banking services utilizing the Financial Entrepreneurs Platform provided by Merriman Capital, Inc. We seek to work with high growth and special situation micro and small cap public companies, and select private companies, on investment banking activities including capital raising, buy and sell side advisory and general financial advisory.

My background includes founding Core Equity Group in 2004 and working with a wide range of early stage technology and consumer oriented companies. I have prior lives in investment banking, private equity and corporate banking, which provided a solid foundation for my work.

I'm always looking for ways to collaborate and generally advance the ball for our ventures, and am always open to new ideas.

Jon Buttles' Experience

Managing Partner

Core Equity Group

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Investment Banking industry

May 2004Present (10 years 5 months) Los Angeles, CA

Core Equity Group is a venture banking group pursuing the advancement of early stage venture companies in a variety of industries, with specific expertise in technology and consumer industries. Core Equity Group combines institutional level investment banking advice with rigorous block and tackle style execution capabilities for its venture clients.

My role as Founder is geared towards setting the overall direction for the firm, client and deal selection, investor procurement, investor management and execution of whatever it takes to make our companies, and our firm, successful.

We typically act as principal in our endeavors, and occasionally provide our services on a consulting basis when there is a fit. Selected representative companies include:

Nviro Cleantech (listed on AiM, bought by AIM: SEGR)
Owlstone (private chemical detection company)
Sky Medical (private medical device company)
CompuTool (private enterprise SaaS company)



Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Consumer Goods industry

June 2014Present (4 months) Redondo Beach, CA

Advising Boldface, a hip new LA startup that is changing the "face" of backpacks and guitar bags.

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Internet industry

May 2011Present (3 years 5 months)

Assisting PodNod in the development of and roadmap for its platform, coordinating and executing its capital strategy, and doing whatever it takes every day to make it a success.

Independent Investment Banker

Merriman Capital, Inc.

Public Company; 11-50 employees; MERR; Investment Banking industry

July 2012August 2014 (2 years 2 months) Greater Los Angeles Area

Licensed independent investment banker focused on providing investment banking services to micro and small cap public companies, along with select private companies. Services include capital raising, buy and sell side advisory, and financial advisory. Securities offered through Merriman Capital, Inc., a member of FINRA and SIPC.

Licenses held: Series 79, 63

Managing Director


20002004 (4 years) Newport Beach, California

SBI USA is an investment bank focused on providing corporate finance and investment banking services to underserved private and public technology companies.

I worked on a small banking team that helped finance early stage technology companies in the public space. We were aggressive and attracted capital to our client companies during a very tough market. Our banking team excelled at repackaging and repositioning the client companies to prepare for both retail and institutional investments.


Monument Advisors

19982000 (2 years) Indianapolis, Indiana

Monument Advisors, Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private equity firm that manages a family of funds. Monument focuses on management buyins, management buyouts, leveraged buyouts, and recapitalizations in the microcap market. Monument partners with management teams to acquire and help build companies within niche service, distribution and manufacturing industries with enterprise values between $8 and $20 million.

I was an associate at Monument for two years working directly with partners on deal evaluation, investment execution, portfolio monitoring, and fund management. Being the youngest on a team of aggressive partners, I picked up an education like no other.

Portfolio Manager

Bank One

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; ONE; Banking industry

19961998 (2 years) Indianapolis, Indiana

Worked as a Portfolio Manager and Credit Underwriter after going through Bank One's credit training programs. We worked primarily with middle market companies located in the Midwest, providing asset based and cash flow loans.

Jon Buttles' Skills & Expertise

  1. Venture Capital
  2. Private Equity
  3. Investment Banking
  4. Start-ups
  5. Entrepreneurship
  6. Mergers
  7. Valuation
  8. Due Diligence
  9. Business Planning
  10. Financial Modeling
  11. Series 79
  12. Series 63
  13. FINRA
  14. Mergers & Acquisitions
  15. Finance
  16. Private Placements
  17. Corporate Finance
  18. Investor Relations
  19. Investments
  20. Portfolio Management
  21. Securities
  22. Funding
  23. Asset Management
  24. Corporate Development
  25. Capital
  26. Capital Raising
  27. Capital Markets

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Jon Buttles' Education

Miami University

Finance, Economics


Activities and Societies: Phi Kappa Psi, Jacobins Playground

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