Software focused growth equity firm
Overall Rank: 8
Category: Emerging Growth
Category Rank: 1
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JMI Equity is a growth equity firm focused on investing in leading software companies. Founded in 1992, JMI has invested in over 170 businesses in its target markets, successfully completed over 110 exits, and raised more than $6 billion of committed capital. JMI partners with exceptional management teams to help build their companies into industry leaders.
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Harry Gruner, Founder and Managing General Partner
Harry co-founded JMI in 1992 and is co-managing general partner of the firm. He has been working with software companies for more than 30 years. Harry has served on the boards of over 40 software and information businesses, including seven public companies, as well as many nonprofit organizations. He previously was a principal in the software investment banking group at Alex. Brown & Sons. Harry also worked in marketing at computer-aided-design software developer Sigma Design and in the technology investment banking group at Blyth Eastman Paine Webber.
Peter Arrowsmith, Managing General Partner
Peter has more than two decades of experience with JMI helping to build leading software companies. He is currently a director of CampusLogic, Canto, SafetyChain, Seismic, Vena Solutions, and Yello, and a board observer at Ignition and OpenSesame. Prior to joining JMI in 1996, Peter was an associate at AEA Investors and a business analyst at McKinsey & Company.
Paul Barber, Chairman
Paul joined JMI Equity in 1998. He has been working with software companies for more than 30 years. Paul has served on over 25 private, public, and nonprofit boards. He is currently a director of Applied Systems and UKG. Paul served as Chairman of the Board of ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW) from its original funding in 2005 until 2016. Prior to joining JMI, Paul worked at Alex. Brown, Merrill Lynch & Co, and Microsoft. Paul is a former member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees.
Larry Contrella, General Partner
Larry has been part of the JMI team since 2010. Larry is currently a director of Bloomerang, ChurnZero, Higher Logic, Incident IQ, RainFocus, and Raptor Technologies. Prior to joining JMI, Larry was an analyst in the multi-industries group in the investment banking division at Merrill Lynch & Co.
David Greenberg, General Partner
David has been helping build leading growth companies at JMI for over a decade. He is currently a director of Bloomerang, Businessolver, Employee Navigator, RainFocus, ServiceTrade, and Unanet. Prior to joining JMI in 2006, David was an associate at Cascadia Capital and an analyst at Houlihan Lokey.
Randy Guttman, General Partner, Chief Operating Officer
Randy serves as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer overseeing the firm’s operations. Prior to joining JMI in 2007, Randy was a senior associate in the assurance and advisory business services practice of EY. He is a board member of the Washington, D.C. & Baltimore chapter of the Private Equity CFO Association, and a steering committee member of ACG’s Private Equity Regulatory Task Force (PERT). He is a certified public accountant (inactive).
Bob Nye, General Partner
Bob has deep experience helping growth companies build value. He is currently a director of Adknowledge, AlertMedia, Benevity, Higher Logic, Level Access, OnBoard, Ontic, and Raptor Technologies, as well as a member of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) board of directors. Prior to joining JMI in 2005, Bob was a consultant with Bates White, an economic consulting firm focused on econometric and statistical modeling.
Matt Emery, General Partner
Matt focuses on JMI’s investments in software and healthcare IT businesses. He currently oversees the investments or serves on the boards of CipherHealth, Clio, Jane Software, Jvion, PointClickCare, and TimelyMD. Prior to joining JMI in 2006, Matt was an analyst in the technology investment banking group at Thomas Weisel Partners and a research associate at Thompson, Siegel & Walmsley. Matt is a CFA charter holder.
Brian Hersman, General Partner
Brian has been investing in and helping build leading software companies for more than a decade. He is currently a director of Condeco, Greenlight Guru, Intradiem, iOffice + SpaceIQ, and Swiftly, and a board observer at CompanyCam. Prior to joining JMI in 2008, Brian was a senior associate at Vista Equity Partners. He also worked with software and services companies as a business analyst at McKinsey & Company.
Sureel Sheth, General Partner
Sureel has been part of the JMI team since 2010 and focuses on digital health, life sciences, legal, and human capital management technologies. Sureel is currently a director of Ignition and Jvion and is a board observer at Clio, Jane Software, OpenSesame, PointClickCare, SafetyChain, and Yello. Prior to joining JMI, Sureel was a business analyst at McKinsey & Company.
Suken Vakil, General Partner
Suken has been at JMI since 2012. Suken is currently a director of Applied Systems, ButterflyMX, HackerRank, Huntress, Lytics, and SOCi, and a board observer at Code42 and Seismic Software. Prior to joining JMI, Suken was an associate at Hellman & Friedman, where he invested in software and digital media companies. Earlier, Suken worked as an investment banker in the financial sponsors group at Morgan Stanley, where he advised software, information technology and other companies on leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions and public offerings including the sale of DoubleClick to Google. Suken also helped build the Chrome platform as a product manager on the Chrome team at Google.
With over $6 billion of committed capital raised since inception, JMI has the collective experience to help growth businesses become industry leaders. Since its founding in 1992, through multiple technology and economic cycles, JMI has focused on backing outstanding software companies via capital investments, strategic advice, team-building, and proven value creation strategies. The firm helps companies with solid market and product fundamentals create significant shareholder value.
Over the past three decades, JMI has invested in over 170 businesses in its target markets, successfully completed over 110 exits, 19 IPOs, and raised more than $6 billion of committed capital.
Notable JMI investments include, but are not limited to, Adaptive Insights, Arena, Applied Systems, automotiveMastermind, Benevity, Businessolver, Clio, Greenlight Guru, PointClickCare, Seismic & Unanet. Notable recent investments since November 2021 include ButterflyMX, ServiceTrade, Ignition, Ontic and CompanyCam.
JMI aspires to drive growth that benefits all of its stakeholders, from limited partners and colleagues to its portfolio company management teams and employees, as well as local communities. JMI is data-driven and understands that growth must be achieved in an environmentally sustainable fashion. By reducing its carbon footprint, investing responsibly in companies advancing important ESG principles, and using and sharing data to track progress and continuously improve its processes, JMI is taking action to create a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable future.
JMI’s ESG policy has been implemented and is reviewed annually. The firm currently reviews ESG implications as part of its standard diligence process when evaluating whether to invest in a company, as well as during the period of ownership. In order to track and monitor ESG metrics at the portfolio company level, the firm conducts an annual survey which includes questions on environmental liabilities and initiatives, employee engagement and turnover, material safety or HR incidents, and diversity. Approximately 40% of JMI’s portfolio company boards have female representation.
JMI is committed to fostering and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. JMI believes diversity promotes the inclusion of different perspectives and ideas, mitigates against group think and ensures that JMI has the opportunity to benefit from all available talent. JMI has focused on implementing policies and training to support DEI initiatives, such as documenting its Diversity & Inclusion policy and requiring all employees to complete annual unconscious bias and harassment prevention training. The Firm is focused on attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. JMI defines diversity beyond race and gender, and believes that a diverse team can be comprised of individuals with a range of characteristics, such as sexual orientation, veteran status, age, first-generation, etc. JMI has established a DEI Council that will assist with these efforts. The DEI Council is led by a committee of internal team members and is overseen by the Head of Talent and two General Partners. The DEI Council has established near-term goals of hiring more women and minorities at both JMI and its portfolio companies.
JMI team members embody the firm’s core values of respect, integrity and discipline. JMI operates with a hustle mentality, works collaboratively and embraces a growth mindset. The firm also firmly believes that diverse perspectives and backgrounds are fundamental to its success. The firm is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion and elevating individuals to share their experiences and expertise for the benefit of all stakeholders. JMI believes its work to create and sustain a representative, inclusive and equitable environment is never finished, and it’s always on the lookout for talented professionals who share its values and growth-focused mentality.
Mike Wessinger, CO-Founder & CEO, PointClickCare
“We think of JMI as a “force multiplier” to our management team. They don’t try to be management or push a specific formula. Rather, they work to understand our strengths and weaknesses and use their extensive industry knowledge and powerful network to guide the company to the next level.”
Aron Ain, Chairman & CEO, UKG
“The relationship with the JMI team, at all levels, has been exceptional. They add value, share best practices across portfolio companies and help us drive our business forward. There are many contributors to our success, but JMI earns a starring role.”
Reid French, Former CEO, Applied Systems
“We have a very tight and productive relationship with JMI focused on driving value for our shareholders, customers, and employees. As a growth equity firm with a specific focus on software, JMI clearly understands the opportunities and issues facing software companies experiencing rapid growth.”
Paroon Chada, CEO, OnBoard
“JMI’s approach in understanding, valuing and providing an opinion on our business and market was as unique as it was impressive. They made it clear from the get-go that their focus was on engaging with our leadership team to help build long-term, non-linear value partnering with us. They committed to an approach that would unshackle our leadership team through both capital and expertise. Their overall goal was to enable innovation and execution. Many firms simply wanted to be the financial underwriter, rather than a partner in the next arc of innovation in our space.”