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Jason M. Cronen
Garden District Ventures
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About me

Hello, I’m Jason, an early-stage investor, community builder, commentator, and all-around business development nerd living and working between Southeast Asia and the U.S.

My career is oriented around the global economic shift from developed nations to emerging economies and how I can help businesses launch, grow, adapt, and scale.

Over the past 20 years, I'm pleased to have had the good fortune to work alongside and contribute to a diverse group of organizations in a variety of roles: YouTube, Tencent, PGA of America, Seedstars, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Diageo, Audi AG, Samsung Electronics, Vail Resorts, Unum, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and others.

Today, I'm the Managing Partner at Garden District Ventures, a consumptive-thematic venture capital fund that invests across sectors and geographies, primarily in Southeast Asia. We back ambitious founders who can anticipate and capitalize on long-lasting changes in consumer behavior—digital adoption, changing socio-economic trends, the future of work, urbanization, and the disruption of global supply chains.

Outside of work, I'm deeply focused on supporting causes including cancer survivorship, global hunger and homelessness, microfinance, social justice, and the environment. I love skiing, kayaking, camping, craft beer, listening to brass bands, and reading everything I can get my hands on. To date, I have traveled and spent time in 40+ countries and draw countless inspiration from people and places.

What is your favorite travel destination?

Amsterdam in the middle of spring. Enjoying sidewalk cafes and strolling the canals.

Where do you dream of traveling to?

Martinique/ Guadeloupe to go sail in the Martinique Yoles Boat Race.

What was your first travel job?

Founder of a transportation/ limousine company in Charleston, SC. We grew our affiliate network of transportation providers to 600+ cities worldwide over the 7 years that we operated the business before selling the business in 2014..

What do you want to learn more about?

New and creative ways to assist entrepreneurs and travel professionals expanded their businesses globally as I have done over the past decade.

Three words that describe why we should travel?

culture, relationships, immersion


  • Hey Daniel – I replied to your post on your app with my WhatsApp number if you’d like to get together. Cheers.

  • Hi Burak - I'm visiting Istanbul for the first time towards the end of next week and would like to connect with locals. I formerly was the Chapter Leader for New Orleans and now live in Bangkok. I'll give your blog a follow today too.

  • Hi everyone - I'm Jason and the former New Orleans Chapter Leader. I'll be visiting Budapest for the first time this weekend for 4-5 days and I'd love to connect with locals, travel insiders, and cool people. Thanks!