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Power to the Perseverant

I can’t quite trace the rationale for having a chip on my shoulder, but it’s there.

And I sure as hell can recognize it in others: It manifests itself in a determined kind of tunnel vision. It’s visible in how people articulate their story and beliefs. And it shows up in how they prioritize their time and how they seek validation.

That invisible force — that “it” — is what tells me someone is solving a problem because they want to, versus those who are doing it because they need to.

Image of Caitlin Bolnick Rellas on a 4 wheeler.
I learned to drive before I was ten by speeding around on four-wheelers over the mountains and through the streams.

I grew up with contradictions — a Jewish girl in small-town-Texas and Montana, a healthy dose of social rebellion in my formative years that was fortunately rescued by my love of learning and a career that values originality over establishment.

My passion and that chip on my shoulder have led me to meet incredible people and hopefully play a small part in helping them along on their own journey.

It’s because of where and how I grew up that I try to invest in companies that are applicable to a wider audience than just the coastal elite.

I get excited about legacy industries and applications and startups that have real-world implications for the people who live outside of the Silicon Valley bubble.

I’m a fan of the weird and the wonderful… products and businesses that are hard to define or put in a box.

I enjoy backing vertical and SaaS-minded founders who carve new paths and disrupt legacy industries

In 2022, I led CRV’s Seed investments in vertical SaaS company Rundoo and fintech startup Power. Less than a year later, Power was acquired for $275 million in an all-cash deal by Marqeta. 

I also love to partner with female founders. Some of my favs include Natasha Vernier (the CEO of Cable which helps banks automate their financial compliance which CRV led the Seed in) and Mickey Friedman (the co-founder of, an AI design tool for branded content which CRV led the Seed in).

Last year I also led two of CRV’s Series A investments, one of which is in a yet to be announced female founded company that’s still in stealth. 

Prior to CRV, I cut my teeth as an investor at OpenView and was also part of the founding team at VentureApp (now HqO).

Growing up in Montana, you learn to love doing any and all things outside in the wild.

From four-wheeling and fly-fishing in the summer to skiing and snowmobiling in the winter, there’s nothing like the great outdoors to put everything in perspective.

I’m the worst at taking pictures but the best at picking dogs. I have a 4-lb grouchy Yorkie named “Boo” and a 45-lb Australian Shepherd, “Roka.”
Horses were a big part of my life. I started riding when I was seven — I'd do almost anything on a horse, from trail riding to barrel races.