GrowthCap’s Top 40 Under 40 Growth Investors of 2019

We are pleased to announce 2019’s Top 40 Under 40 Growth Investors. This is our sixth year running the awards and each year the process becomes more competitive enabling us to decipher truly the most exceptional investors.

We believe the best investors not only have great investment judgement, they simultaneously embody important qualities such as the ability to provide value beyond capital, consistent drive to perform at the highest level and authentic concern for all stakeholders involved.

In order to be selected as an awardee, each candidate must pass through three stages. First, GrowthCap preselects potential nominees from top tier growth equity and private equity firms. Second, candidates are formally nominated by their firm and detailed information is submitted on their behalf.  Third, GrowthCap evaluates each nominee’s investment performance and depth of expertise, among a number of other attributes.

We take a disciplined approach to our evaluation process given the many thousands of CEOs and institutional investors who read, and in many cases, are influenced by, our publication each year.

Please join us in recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of this year’s awardees. Notably, certain firms institute cultures of excellence and are represented by more than one awardee. They include: JMI Equity (5), Insight Partners (5), Silversmith Partners (4), IVP (3), TPG (2), Great Hill Partners (2), Riverwood Capital (2), Spectrum Equity (2), and Susquehanna Growth Equity (2).

– RJ Lumba
  Managing Partner, GrowthCap


The status of Partner (or equivalent) is reserved for key senior decision makers of an investment firm.  These individuals manage every aspect of the investing process, including deal sourcing, deal execution, portfolio company management, talent development, and fundraising. They possess a mastery for identifying the best opportunities, influencing key individuals within a deal, optimizing transaction structure, and orchestrating successful exits.


Firm:  JMI Equity
Title:  General Partner

David, who has been with JMI for more than 13 years, is focused on investing in growing software businesses across several vectors, including sales and marketing. He has completed 14 investments over the course of his career and successfully exited nine companies.

He is currently a Board Director of Businessolver, CoreHR, RainFocus, and Unanet. His investment experience also includes prior investments in automotiveMastermind (acquired by IHS Markit), Intelex (acquired by Fortive), SiriusDecisions (acquired by Forrester Research), ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW), and TC3 Health (acquired by Change Healthcare).

David graduated from Emory University with a B.B.A. in Finance and Accounting. He began his career as an associate at Cascadia Capital.

“My colleagues and I take great pride in helping our portfolio companies grow and achieve their strategic goals. Partnering with talented founder-owners and management teams in building world class businesses is what makes our work so fulfilling.” – David Greenberg


Firm:  TPG
Title:  Partner

Tim Millikin is a Partner at TPG based in San Francisco, where he co-leads TPG’s investment activities in software & enterprise technology. He currently serves as a director or observer of Ellucian, Expanse, Infinidat, McAfee, and Renaissance Learning, and has led or been involved with many of the firm’s current and prior technology investments including Box, Domo, Guardicore, SunGard, Tanium, and Zscaler. Prior to joining TPG in 2007, Tim worked in the Technology M&A group at Morgan Stanley where he advised on and executed M&A transactions across the enterprise software, Internet, technology hardware, and services sectors. Tim holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College. Tim also serves as Chairman of the Board of Minds Matter San Francisco.

“During my time at TPG, I have had the privilege of working with great leaders and innovators who are disrupting today’s industries through technology. Our role as investors is to help enable these transformations. We strive to be active and engaged partners to our portfolio companies, providing the resources, sector expertise, and operational capabilities to help them achieve new levels of growth. Our thematic approach and long-term view on the technology industry have led to some truly unique partnerships, from education software providers like Ellucian and Renaissance Learning, to next-generation cybersecurity platforms like Tanium and Expanse.” – Tim Millikin


Firm:  Insight Partners
Title:  Managing Director

Ryan joined Insight in 2004 as an Analyst. Currently a Managing Director on the Investment Committee, Ryan focuses on many deal types including growth equity, leveraged buyout, growth buyout, and platform roll-up transactions. Regardless of the structure, growth is the primary lever for value creation. His current and prior investments include such vertical and horizontal markets as collaborative work orchestration, supply chain visibility, technology training, mobile enablement, vertical ERP, industry-specific payment solutions, and many others. In all cases, Ryan is passionate about creating lasting relationships with the teams he supports. Having experienced multiple IPOs, trade sales, and sponsor exits, Ryan also enjoys positioning companies for their maximum potential beyond the Insight journey. In addition to his investment activities, Ryan works closely with Insight’s COO on internal operations, head of human capital on all junior recruiting and mentorship, and mid-level investment team colleagues on sourcing practices.

Ryan graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Finance from Wharton and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

“I admire entrepreneurs for their extraordinary creations that start from nothing and become something powerful. I admire operators for managing the chaos of growth and navigating hiring, retention, product development, and go-to-market competition. It is such a privilege to get to work alongside both entrepreneurs and operators in articulating the strategic chessboard that describes current reality as we calibrate the future we seek to create. I am driven to support these types of decisions in creating even larger opportunities and outcomes. The best part is that we can only win if the teams we support win also – and that remains the most rewarding aspect of my Insight experience.” – Ryan Hinkle


Firm:  JMI Equity
Title:  General Partner

Bob, who has been with JMI since 2005, has significant expertise across a variety of segments in the software space. He has completed 15 investments and successfully exited eight during his time at JMI.

Bob is currently a Board Director of Adknowledge, AlertMedia, Benevity, Cosential, Higher Logic, Level Access, and Raptor Technologies. His investment experience also includes Appriss (acquired by Insight Venture Partners), Axeda (acquired by PTC), DoubleVerify (acquired by Providence Equity Partners), Harmony Information Systems (acquired by Mediware Information Systems), QuIC (acquired by IHS Markit), Seismic Micro-Technology (acquired by IHS Markit), and Undertone (acquired by Perion).

Bob graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Economics. He began his career as a consultant with Bates White, an economic consulting firm where he focused on econometric and statistical modeling. He is also a member of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) Board of Directors.

“Partnering with growth software companies is incredibly rewarding. At JMI I’m fortunate to collaborate with talented colleagues and software entrepreneurs in building market leading businesses.” – Bob Nye


Firm:  Riverwood Capital
Title:  Co-founder, Managing Partner

Jeff Parks co-founded Riverwood Capital in 2008. The firm currently manages +$3 billion in capital commitments, and makes private equity investments in high-growth businesses, primarily in the global technology, technology-enabled and related growth industries. Riverwood brings a very unique approach to growth investing, combining technology domain expertise, operational rigor and traditional investing experience, encapsulated in the firm’s 360 Investor philosophy. As a Managing Partner, Jeff is intimately involved in all aspects of the Firm’s activities.

Prior to establishing Riverwood, Jeff was an executive at KKR, where he focused on large scale leveraged buyout investments in the technology sector, and an investment professional in the Principal Opportunities Fund at Oaktree Capital Management, where he specialized in private equity investment in distressed companies.

Earlier in his career, he was an investment banker at UBS Investment Bank in Los Angeles. Jeff has extensive experience investing in and scaling global technology companies. During his extensive investing career, Jeff has invested in a vast array of companies and completed dozens of transactions across both control and minority investment structures. In addition, he has worked closely with several successful entrepreneurs in the scaling of their companies, bringing both capital and expertise to those initiatives.

Jeff earned a Dual BA in Economics and Mathematics from Pomona College (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Claremont, California. He is or has been a director of Accellion, Druva, Forecast5 Analytics, LogRhythm, Nutanix (NASD: NTNX), Sauce Labs, SintecMedia (Chairman), Spredfast, Ticketfly, UGSI, Vacasa and Virtual Instruments. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Pomona College.

“We launched Riverwood nearly 12 years ago with a vision of being the go-to partner for scaling global technology businesses. Our operationally-oriented focus on growth allows us to help nearly any technology entrepreneur build their business in an efficient and sustainable manner. I’m most proud of the incredible group of founders, executives and management teams that we’ve had the privilege to partner with over the last decade!” – Jeff Parks


Firm:  Silversmith Capital Partners
Title:  General Partner

Sri joined the firm upon its inception in 2015. At Silversmith, Sri focuses on investments in SaaS & Information Services, including sales, marketing, customer service and ecommerce related technology companies. He is involved with Silversmith’s investments in ActiveCampaign, DistroKid, Impact, PDFTron Systems, RedAwning Group, Validity and Webflow.

Prior to Silversmith, Sri was Senior Director of Advertising Products at where he served in various roles to create and scale the Salesforce Marketing Cloud business unit after joining Salesforce through its acquisition of Buddy Media. Prior to Buddy Media, Sri was an Associate at TA Associates and an Analyst with Jefferies Technology Investment Banking group.

He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BS from The Wharton School and a BAS from the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

“Silversmith was founded to partner with and support founders and management teams of growing, profitable healthcare and technology companies. It’s a tremendous honor to work with companies that are solving meaningful problems for their customers and with colleagues at Silversmith who are team-oriented and put entrepreneurs at the center of everything we do. In a world with an abundance of capital and choices for founders, Silversmith seeks to distinguish itself through specialization. Silversmith’s dedicated focus on SaaS & Information Services and Healthcare IT & Services enables us to leverage prior experience and relevant networks to offer strategic guidance as well as customer, partnership, M&A and talent recruiting connections.” – Sri Rao


Firm:  General Atlantic
Title:  Managing Director, Global Co-Head of Financial Services

Paul Stamas has deep sub-sector expertise in digital banking, investment management, payments, brokerage, and insurance technology, including recent financial services and financial technology investments in Alkami, Blend, Chime, Insurity, Invoice Cloud, OptionsHouse, Santander Asset Management, and SigFig, among others. Paul has also been active in the firm’s Healthcare sector.

Before joining General Atlantic in 2010, Paul was an Associate at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, concentrating on investments in the healthcare services and information & business services sectors. Prior to that, he was an Analyst in the Consumer Retail Group in the Investment Banking division at Goldman Sachs.

Paul has a BSE in Operations Research & Financial Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

“At General Atlantic, we have focused on growth equity for our nearly 40-year history, as we partner with entrepreneurs to support their vision and help scale their businesses. We have been particularly fortunate to partner with so many leading innovators in the Financial Services sector across the globe, and we are energized by the impact that financial technology will continue to have on the sector.” – Paul Stamas


Firm:  Insight Partners
Title:  Managing Director

Anika joined Insight in 2014. She primarily focuses on leveraged buyouts and majority recapitalizations of application and infrastructure software companies. These activities include investments in both high-growth and mature businesses. Anika has been particularly active in driving inorganic growth for her portfolio companies, participating in more than 50 add-on acquisitions. She is actively involved in Insight’s investments in Appriss, Bullhorn, Community Brands, Enverus, Episerver, EveryAction, Inhabit IQ, and PDI.

Anika graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University. She also holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Anika began her career in the Technology Investment Banking Group at Lehman Brothers. She also held investing roles at Goldman Sachs and the Mayfield Fund. Prior to joining Insight, Anika was a member of the investment team at Vista Equity Partners.

“At Insight, I have the opportunity to work alongside world class management teams to build great products and transform industries. Insight’s software focus enables us to identify future market leaders and amplify their growth through our functional expertise across product, sales, marketing, and finance. We enhance organic growth with acquisitions originated through our proprietary sourcing engine. It is a privilege working with a team of investors at Insight so singularly focused on serving our portfolio companies.” – Anika Agarwal


Firm:  IVP
Title:  General Partner

Jules joined IVP in 2008. He primarily focuses on later-stage venture investments in rapidly-growing software and Internet companies. He led IVP’s investments in Buddy Media, Checkr, Dropbox, Eightfold, G2, Grammarly, Hims, MuleSoft, NerdWallet, Nextdoor, Oportun, Slack, Tala, TransferWise, and Zendesk among others. Over his career, Jules has participated in multiple exits at valuations in excess of $1 billion. He was named to the 2019 and 2018 Forbes Midas List and has earned previous recognition from both GrowthCap and Forbes as a top investor. Jules is also involved with Mind Share Partners, a nonprofit focused on improving workplace mental health.

Jules graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from Yale University. He also holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University, earning recognition as a Siebel Scholar and an Arjay Miller Scholar. He began his career as a technology investment banker at Robertson Stephens and Bank of America Securities. Following his time in banking, Jules worked at 3i, where he focused on early and late-stage investments across the internet, mobile, and software sectors.

“Growth investing is incredibly rewarding. I look forward to continuing to partner with mission-driven founders and teams to help build exceptional companies in the future. While I’m sad that this is my last year qualifying for this award, I hope to invest for many years to come. I’m proud to work with my fellow investors and team members at IVP and accept the award on their behalf.” – Jules Maltz


Firm:  TPG
Title:  Partner

Mike joined TPG in 2019. He is a Partner in the firm’s Software & Enterprise Technology Group, where he leads software & enterprise technology investing and strategy across the TPG Growth and The Rise Fund platforms. Prior to joining TPG, Mike was a Partner at Adams Street Partners, where he led the firm’s efforts in SaaS, security, and DevOps, and was actively involved in several investments including Chrome River (Certify), Criteo (CRTO), Five9 (FIVN), RetailMeNot (RMN), ServiceMax (GE), ThreatMetrix (RELX), Sauce Labs, Skybox Security, Snow Software, TurnKey, and Visier. Mike graduated with an BA in Economics with Honors and an MS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He began his career in the Technology Group at Credit Suisse in Menlo Park.

“It has been a privilege to join TPG’s software and enterprise technology team, a group that is defined by its deep understanding of the marketplace and commitment to building top-tier businesses. As a team, we cover the market holistically – from late stage growth to growth buyouts – to find the companies that we believe can be next-generation category leaders. With The Rise Fund, this means partnering with companies that are accelerating digital inclusion and leveraging technology to drive innovation in critical industries like education, financial services, and healthcare. Across the B2B landscape in spaces like SaaS, fintech, security and DevOps, we are excited to work with great teams to help them grow their businesses to the next level.” – Mike Zappert


Firm:  Great Hill Partners
Title:  Partner

Drew is responsible for originating and evaluating investments in the Internet infrastructure, software communications, IOT, and tech-enabled managed services sectors. He is a director of EnterpriseDB, Examity, Mission, Evolve IP, Reward Gateway and Symmetry. He is a former director of Ascenty, Reflexis and Latisys.

Prior to joining Great Hill Partners, Drew was an associate at Tudor Ventures, the $700 million private equity arm of Tudor Investment Corporation. As an associate at Tudor Ventures, Drew was responsible for originating and evaluating investment opportunities in the financial technology, business services, and software sectors. Prior to Tudor, Drew worked in various roles at Jefferies Investment Bank in the capital markets division.

Drew earned a degree in economics and government from Bowdoin College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

“Our model at Great Hill places a premium on developing industry-specific expertise which in turn enables us to source disruptive companies and serve as the strategic partner they need. We’ve doubled-down on our commitment to finding these types of category-defining leaders and optimizing their go-to-market strategies, supporting geographic and adjacent product set expansion and identifying strategic acquisitions to perpetuate sustainable growth. I’m proud that Great Hill is seen as a go-to partner in enterprise IT and software, and I’m confident that we’ll continue to operate at the forefront of those verticals.” – Drew Loucks


Firm:  Norwest Venture Partners
Title:  General Partner

Rob focuses on growth equity and buyout investments in software and the consumer/retail industry. Rob’s current investments include Avetta (recapitalized by Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe), Bailey 44, Cority (recapitalized by Thoma Bravo), Galvanize, and Kendra Scott (recapitalized by Berkshire Partners). Rob was previously involved with Norwest’s investments in 1010data (acquired by Advance), PCA Skin (acquired by Colgate-Palmolive), The Retail Equation (acquired by Appriss) and Turnitin (acquired by Advance).

Before joining Norwest, Rob was an associate at Lake Capital, where he focused on growth equity and buyout investments in the tech-enabled services industry. He previously worked as an analyst in the Consumer & Retail Group within the investment banking division at Goldman, Sachs & Co, focusing on mergers & acquisitions advisory assignments and principal investments.

Earlier, Rob was a Senior Equity Research Associate at Raymond James & Associates where he co-launched the firm’s Homeland Security Technology practice.

Rob holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a major in management. He also has a M.S. degree in finance and a B.S. degree in finance, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Florida.

“We started the growth equity business at Norwest over 10 years ago to focus on entrepreneurs who built their businesses typically without the help of institutional capital. It’s been a privilege and inspiration to work collaboratively with the CEOs and management teams of these already amazing companies to help plot their growth to even greater heights. I attribute our exceptional returns to our team-first culture and our deep research model that allows us to uncover value creation opportunities that others might not see. I am thankful for our amazing team and the incredible stable of unique resources Norwest offers management teams.” – Rob Arditi


Firm:  TCV
Title:  General Partner

Kapil joined TCV in 2006 and spends time primarily in the software and tech-enabled services spaces, including both minority and majority investments. His areas of interest include security, analytics, and vertical software.

Kapil currently serves on the board of directors of EtQ and Rave Mobile Safety. His other active investments include (NASDAQ: ALRM), FinancialForce, and Genesys. His prior investments included ExactTarget (NYSE: ET, acquired by, Global 360 (acquired by OpenText), IQMS (acquired by Dassault Systemes), OSIsoft (interest acquired by SoftBank), Rapid7 (NASDAQ: RPD), Seismic Micro-Technology (acquired by IHS), SolArc (acquired by OpenLink Financial), Splunk (NASDAQ: SPLK), TOA Technologies (acquired by Oracle), and Webroot (acquired by Carbonite).

Prior to TCV, Kapil worked for the CIO at Goldman Sachs on various strategic application and infrastructure technology projects. He also spent time as a software investment banker at Goldman Sachs in New York. Kapil received his M.E.M./M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Dartmouth College, where he was a William F. May Fellow.

“We recognize that every company is unique, so we match our financing to each company’s specific situation and strategy. We are experienced investors and board members, who have helped hundreds of entrepreneurs optimize their go-to-market strategies, build out their teams, facilitate international expansions, manage acquisitions, or prepare for an IPO. We look to invest in companies and teams at pivotal moments. And we hold our stake over the long term, often expanding our position as other investors exit. At TCV, our goal is to transform companies into the industry leaders that will shape the future.” – Kapil Venkatachalam


Firm:  Insight Partners
Title:  Managing Director

Ross joined Insight in 2013. He spends time across the enterprise software landscape with specific expertise in application and infrastructure software companies. His investment experience includes control, public market take-privates, and growth equity transactions across North America, Europe and Israel. Since joining the firm, Ross has completed numerous platform and follow-on transactions, and helped build Insight’s efforts in buyout transactions. Ross currently sits on the board of, or oversees, the following investments: Automile, Diligent, E2open, Interfolio, Optibus, project44, TaxJar, Veeam, and WorkForce Software.

Ross graduated from Northwestern University and began his career as an Analyst in Morgan Stanley’s M&A Group. Before Insight, Ross also worked as a member of Thoma Bravo’s investment team.

“I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with talented management teams and bring Insight’s deep resources to help them change the trajectory of their businesses. Insight’s platform provides access to many resources, but it’s the combination of these resources and the close collaboration and management-friendly approach to investing that makes Insight unique. It’s incredibly rewarding to help a team and company reach the next level of growth and success, and I’m lucky to work for a firm that is energized by this mission. It has been a tremendous experience working alongside the talented group of people at Insight, and it’s a privilege to support our existing portfolio and what will hopefully be the next generation of globally impactful software and technology companies.” – Ross Devor


Firm:  JMI Equity
Title:  General Partner

Matt joined JMI in 2006 and is focused on leading investments in software and healthcare IT businesses. He has completed 12 investments over the course of his career and successfully exited five companies.

He is currently a Board Director of Axonify, CipherHealth, Clio, Healthx, Jvion, and PointClickCare. His investment experience also includes prior investments in Capsule Tech (acquired by Qualcomm), Gemcom (acquired by Dassault Systèmes), Granicus (acquired by K1 Investment Management), Navicure (acquired by Bain Capital), and Vocalocity (acquired by Vonage; NYSE: VG).

Matt graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Commerce and a concentration in Finance. He began his career as a Research Associate at Thompson, Siegel & Walmsley. He also worked as an Analyst at Thomas Weisel Partners where he was focused on the software and services segments. Matt is a CFA charterholder.

“All of us at JMI are focused on helping growth software companies become industry leaders. With 27 years of experience across economic and technology cycles, our goal is to help our companies avoid missteps and share best practices learned from over 145 software investments.” – Matt Emery


Firm:  Susquehanna Growth Equity
Title:  Partner

Josh joined Susquehanna Growth Equity in 2010. He focuses on B2B software, data and marketplace companies. He has developed expertise across a number of segments where he is actively looking for new opportunities, including HR technology, real estate technology, and financial technology. SGE’s evergreen funding model allows Josh to focus on the things that matter – solving company problems and scaling business operations – rather than the investment timeline, check size, or ownership structure. Josh’s investments include Real Capital Analytics, PerkSpot, Evive, Buildout, Boomtown, Fundera, iCIMS, B-Stock, Clearleap (acquired by IBM), and Zyme Solutions (acquired by E2Open).

Josh graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.

“Our belief in ‘your dream, your journey, your company’ rings more true today than ever before, as our “Warren Buffet” approach to growth equity investing empowers entrepreneurs to build lasting, dominant companies over time. I’m very fortunate to work with my dedicated colleagues and so many talented entrepreneurs tackling real-world problems as they become leaders in their markets.” – Josh Elser


Firm:  Mainsail Partners
Title:  Partner

Vinay has been investing in fast growing, profitable, bootstrapped software companies for over a decade. As a Partner at Mainsail, Vinay has a unique understanding of the issues facing bootstrapped software entrepreneurs and has developed significant expertise in the vertical SaaS, financial technology, and infrastructure software sectors. While at Mainsail, Vinay has completed ten investments in founder-owned software companies and currently sits on the board of Fullbay, GTreasury, Nexus Systems, SentryOne and PlayMaker.

Vinay graduated from Bowdoin College with an A.B. in Economics and International Relations and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Vinay started his career at Deloitte Consulting where he served as a business analyst. He also worked at Summit Partners in the firm’s Boston and London offices.

“At Mainsail, I have the opportunity to support exceptional entrepreneurs and management teams as they rapidly scale their software businesses. Because we invest exclusively in bootstrapped software companies, we have a deep appreciation of the durable value of profitable, customer led growth. Our approach is unusually hands-on, with active board involvement and a dedicated Operations Team that lends meaningful support to every functional area of a rapidly growing software business. I am grateful to be able to support our partner companies as they strive to deliver exceptional value to their customers, employees and other key stakeholders.” – Vinay Kashyap


Firm:  Insight Partners
Title:  Managing Director

Matt Gatto joined Insight as an Analyst in 2010. He focuses on high-growth software and SaaS businesses across infrastructure and cyber (AirWatch, Checkmarx, Tenable, Darktrace), healthcare (Kinnser, CentralReach), commerce (Shopify, Commercetools), and enterprise applications (SmartRecruiters, Fenergo), leading both minority and control transactions for the firm.

Matt graduated with high honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School.

“It’s been a true privilege to be a part of the Insight team the past 9+ years and to have the opportunity to work with world-class entrepreneurs and leadership teams across our portfolio. Insight invests in companies that are already executing at a high level. Partnering with the leaders of these companies is incredibly exciting – and humbling – as we embark together on a journey to take their companies to even greater heights. Given we’ve been investing in solely growth stage software companies since our inception 25 years ago, we feel very strongly that we are the best-equipped private equity firm in the software landscape to help our companies achieve sustained growth.” – Matt Gatto


Firm:  JMI Equity
Title:  General Partner

Suken joined JMI in 2012 and is focused on investment in B2B software businesses. He has completed 11 investments and successfully exited three during his time at JMI.

He is currently a Board Director at Applied Systems, Arena Solutions, HackerRank, and Lytics. He also is a Board Observer at Code42 and Seismic Software. His experience includes several other notable investments, such as Adaptive Insights (acquired by Workday), Avecto (acquired by Bomgar), Campus Logic, Internet Brands (acquired by KKR), and Intradiem.

Suken graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Business Administration. He also holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst in Morgan Stanley’s Financial Sponsors Group. Following banking, Suken worked as an Associate at Hellman & Friedman, where he was focused on software and digital media investments. He also worked as a Product Manager at Google, helping to build out the Google Chrome platform.

“It is an honor to join my JMI colleagues on this prestigious list of top growth investors. Building world class enterprise software companies is hard work, and it’s a privilege to partner with JMI’s current and prospective portfolio companies in this journey.” – Suken Vakil


Firm:  Arrowroot Capital
Title:  Founder, Managing Partner

Matthew founded Arrowroot Capital in 2014. The firm is focused exclusively on minority, majority, and buyout investments in growth-stage B2B software and internet businesses. In just five years, Arrowroot has successfully raised 4 funds, evidence of the firm’s ability to identify and capitalize on great investment opportunities. Matthew currently sits on the board of MedNet Solutions, Cygilant, Zift Solutions, Evergage, Embotics, Hookit, Leadspace, BryterCX, and SnapLogic. Matthew was also recognized by GrowthCap as a Top 40 Under 40 Investor in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Matthew graduated with a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from Boston College. He also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. He began his investing career at Platinum Equity and subsequently TA Associates in the Boston and London offices. He also served as a Managing Director and Head of Acquisitions at Actua.

“We pride ourselves on our ongoing ability to create a transformational impact on our portfolio companies, partnering with management teams to navigate the rapidly evolving software landscape and to unlock the next phase of growth. As the maturation of enterprise software continues to accelerate, we are excited for the opportunity to invest in groundbreaking companies that we see reshaping industries and disrupting markets.” – Matthew Safaii


Firm:  Susquehanna Growth Equity
Title:  Partner

Martin Angert joined SGE in 2014 as a Partner. SGE’s single-LP fund structure allows Martin to be exceedingly flexible in working with entrepreneurs on their timeline, check size, and deal structure. His current investments include Workfront, XebiaLabs, WhiteSource Software, and Allocadia. Martin primarily focuses on infrastructure and application software companies with others areas of expertise including fintech and vertical-focused businesses. His previous investments include Wix (IPO), New Relic (IPO), Cvent (IPO, acquired by Vista Equity), TeamViewer (acquired by Permira, IPO), LogicNow (acquired by Solarwinds), DrillingInfo (acquired by Genstar), SmartBear (acquired by Francisco Partners), AirWatch (acquired by VMware), Veeam, Kaseya, and Lytx (acquired by GTCR).

Martin graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Finance from Wharton and a B.A.S. in Computer Science from the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He began his career at Insight Partners before joining Susquehanna Growth Equity.

“Susquehanna Growth Equity is purpose-built to work with entrepreneurs who are looking to build enduring, valuable businesses without the go-big-or-go-bust mentality. We’re lucky enough to partner with amazing founders and operators building remarkable software companies. We view our role as helping our entrepreneurs see around corners and learn from our decades of experience scaling software businesses, whether it’s optimizing go-to-market strategies, recruiting executives, or a myriad other challenges faced by growing software companies. SGE was founded (and funded) by entrepreneurs who understand the ups-and-downs of operating a business and our flexible source of capital allows us to partner with passionate entrepreneurs on their terms.” – Martin Angert


Firm:  IVP
Title:  General Partner

Somesh joined IVP in 2005. He focuses primarily on later-stage investments in Internet, software, wireless, and technology-enabled services companies. He led IVP’s investments in Amplitude, Brex, Business Insider, Discord, Dropbox, Expanse, Humu, Lime, Pindrop, Pure Storage, Qubole, Rubrik, SoundCloud, Tanium, Thrive Global, Uber, and Walker & Company among others. Over his career, Somesh has participated in multiple exits at valuations in excess of $1 billion. He was recognized by The New York Times and CB Insights in 2019 as one of the top 100 venture capitalists. Somesh is currently a member of the Management Board at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) and the Advisory Board of Malaria No More.

Somesh earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He began his career at Luxmi Capital, an early stage venture capital fund focused on digital media investments. He also worked for the Corporate Development Division of Sony Entertainment Television (SET) in Mumbai, India, and in the Corporate Finance Division of Credit Suisse’s Technology Investment Banking Group.

“IVP focuses on investing in later-stage rapidly-growing companies and partnering closely with exceptional management teams. Growth is our doctrine – we truly believe it’s the key catalyst that separates the ultimate winners from the rest of the pack. I am honored to work with passionate entrepreneurs who inspire their teams to disrupt industries and work incredibly hard to create market-defining businesses that touch the lives of their customers, employees, and stakeholders.” – Somesh Dash


Firm:  Insight Partners
Title:  Managing Director

Teddie joined Insight in 2017 as a Principal. He is primarily focused on investments in high-growth software and internet companies. Since joining the firm, he has been promoted to Managing Director and has led or worked on over 13 new investments. His current investments include Sentinelone, Papaya Global, Contentstack, Staffbase, Armis Security, Detectify, Hinge Health, Pipedrive, project44, SalesLoft, Showpad, Sisense, Templafy, and Tractable.

Teddie graduated with a B.S. in Finance and Computer Science from Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. He also holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Teddie began his career as the Co-Founder and CTO of Nervogrid, which was acquired by ALSO, Europe’s largest IT distributor. Following the sale of Nervogrid, Teddie worked at Dawn Capital, an early-stage investment fund based in London. He was also a Partner at Atomico, one of the largest venture capital funds in Europe.

“Insight Partners’ focus from inception has been on software, and the firm’s 20 plus years of experience investing in the category grants unparalleled knowledge and infrastructure to help our portfolio companies scale. We are passionate about using our platform to help entrepreneurs build industry-defining technology companies. After beginning my investing career in Europe, it was this genuine drive from the Insight team that made me want to be part of this story. I feel grateful to be working with inspiring founders and CEOs who are building next generation software companies. Insight’s focused approach allows us to support them with in-depth operational expertise and the best scale-up insights to grow even faster.” – Teddie Wardi


Firm:  IVP
Title:  General Partner

Tom joined IVP in 2015. He focuses on investing in later-stage, high-growth consumer and enterprise companies. Tom currently serves as a Board Director or Observer for Coinbase, HashiCorp, NerdWallet, and Podium. He was actively involved in sourcing, executing, and managing investments in Amplitude, Attentive, Datadog, GitHub, IEX, OnDeck, and Tanium. Forbes Magazine recognized Tom as one of venture capital’s up-and-comers by his inclusion in the 2019 Midas Brink List.

Tom holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management, where he was an Austin Scholar, and a B.A. from Stanford University, where he graduated with Distinction. He began his career at Goldman Sachs & Co. in technology, media, and telecommunications investment banking. Following Goldman, he joined RRE, a leading early-stage venture firm, based in New York. Tom’s involvement in RRE portfolio company Drobo led to him joining the company full-time for a period where he led Marketing.

“At IVP, we pride ourselves on being the best partner for growth-stage companies and entrepreneurs. It is an honor and privilege to work every day, hand-in-hand with entrepreneurs who are defining industries and creating thousands of jobs.” – Tom Loverro


Firm:  SoftBank Vision Fund
Title:  Partner

Ramzi joined SoftBank’s Vision Fund in 2018 and helps lead the firm’s focus on enterprise software. Over the course of his career, Ramzi has focused on late-stage growth investments across both the consumer internet and enterprise software verticals. He led SoftBank’s investment in Automation Anywhere. Prior to SoftBank, Ramzi has been a board member or investor in companies including Zillow, SeatGeek, Varsity Tutors, Rover, Ion Trading, Wall Street Systems, and Avvo, among others.

He began his investing career at TA Associates and prior to SoftBank, Ramzi was an investor at TCV (Technology Crossover Ventures) covering the consumer internet and software sectors. Ramzi started his career at Citigroup as an Investment Banking Analyst in the M&A Group.

Ramzi received his B.S. in Business Administration (Finance and Entrepreneurship) from Carnegie Mellon University and graduated with university and college honors. He completed his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

“We are in a special time for growth investing. Companies are scaling faster than ever, and working with the entrepreneurs behind these world-class businesses is inspiring. I feel privileged to be a small part of this ecosystem.” – Ramzi Ramsey


Firm:  Polaris Partners
Title:  Partner

Dan joined Polaris in 2015. He leads investments in software and technology-enabled services for the Polaris Growth Fund. Dan currently represents Polaris on the boards of Baxter Planning, Emergency Reporting, Iridium Technology, and NetRate, and has also served on the boards of Dealer Spike (True Wind Capital), Cityworks (Trimble) and TRG (Pamlico Capital).

Prior to joining Polaris, Dan was a vice president with H.I.G. Growth Partners, a private equity firm focused on recapitalizations of growth-oriented, lower middle market businesses. While at H.I.G., Dan was responsible for sourcing, executing and monitoring investments in software, internet, and business services. He also served on the boards of several companies.

Previously, Dan served as an associate at Symmetric Capital, where he sourced and executed investments in software, healthcare and business services. He also was an investment-banking analyst at Bank of America in San Francisco, where he worked with growth-oriented technology and healthcare companies on private capital raises and recapitalizations.

Dan received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where he was recognized as an Edward Tuck Scholar, and a BA from Yale University. Prior to entering the real world, Dan played 3 seasons of professional hockey in the US and Europe.

“We are lucky at Polaris to be able to leverage 20+ years of technology investing, which has fostered a wealth of resources and growth experts that we bring in support of our portfolio. Our later stage strategy focuses on partnering with bootstrapped entrepreneurs to unlock future growth and value by expanding into new products, customer segments, and geographies. We have the additional significant benefit of leveraging the experience, relationships, and portfolio companies of our early stage practice. The privilege of working with talented founders and teams – and embracing the challenge of setting the business up for sustainable, profitable growth – is what inspires our team on a daily basis.” – Dan Lombard


The New Guard represents the future leadership of the growth investing asset class. These individuals have differentiated themselves as true standouts within the industry, combining the skills of a seasoned investor from sound investment judgement, to deal execution capabilities, to unique perspectives. Often key drivers of success at their respective firms, these accomplished investors are shaping growth investing for the days and years ahead.


Firm:  Silversmith Capital Partners
Title:  Principal

Marc joined Silversmith Capital Partners in 2015 as a Principal. At Silversmith, Marc focuses on investments in SaaS & Information Services, including human resources technology, financial technology, supply chain technology, and risk and compliance-based models. His investment experience at Silversmith includes Absorb Software, Digital Map Products, and Swift Prepaid Solutions.

Prior to Silversmith, Marc was a Vice President at JMI Equity, where he focused on growth equity investments in the healthcare and enterprise software sectors. Prior to joining JMI, Marc was an Associate at Morgan Stanley Private Equity, the firm’s middle market private equity fund, and an Analyst with Morgan Stanley Real Estate.

He received a BA, summa cum laude, in Economics and History from Duke University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

“We partner with exceptional entrepreneurs in our core verticals of SaaS & Information Services and Healthcare IT & Services. Our founders are often domain and product experts, and our value add as the first institutional investor is to support them and their team as the business continues to scale. It’s a privilege to work alongside founders, supporting them in realizing their long-term vision for their company.” – Marc Munfa


Firm:  Turn/River Capital
Title:  Principal

Joanne co-leads the investment team at Turn/River Capital, a firm that offers liquidity, growth and acquisition capital for growing B2B software companies and helps them drive additional scale through optimizing marketing, pricing, sales, and renewals. Joanne led the investments in and serves on the boards of Invicti Security, a leading web application security company encompassing the Acunetix and Netsparker brands, and CoSoSys, a data loss prevention software company. She has been an investor for nearly a decade in asset classes ranging from seed stage venture capital at Cowboy Ventures to late stage private equity at Hellman & Friedman. Her early stage investments in companies like Guild Education and have added over $2 billion of value since investment.

Joanne earned a dual degree BS/BA from the University of Pennsylvania (Huntsman Program) where she graduated magna cum laude and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

“At Turn/River, our in-house sales, marketing, customer success and talent leaders comprise the majority of our firm and work side by side with our investment team. This keeps our narrow investment focus and produces consistently strong results: 3x organic revenues in three years, on average. Our close operational partnership has made me a better investor and a better advisor to our portfolio companies. I am truly excited about the kind of value we can provide to companies that choose to partner with us.” – Joanne Yuan


Firm:  Riverwood Capital
Title:  Principal

Scott joined Riverwood in 2008 where he is focused on both minority growth and growth buyout transactions across the technology and tech-enabled ecosystems. Scott is currently a director of Forecast5 Analytics, MotionPoint, and Navent. He is also a board observer at Vacasa. In addition, Scott has been involved in many of Riverwood’s other current and past investments, including Alog Data Centers, Ambarella, CloudVirga, Enjoy, Globant, GOintegro, GoPro, and Lighting Sciences.

Scott graduated with a B.S. in Mathematical and Computational Sciences from Stanford University and was a captain of the men’s varsity swim team. Prior to joining Riverwood, Scott worked with the Credit Suisse Technology Group in the Investment Banking division based in San Francisco.

“At Riverwood I have been extremely fortunate and privileged to work with great entrepreneurs, brilliant technologists, experienced operators, and investors with strong track records. The ecosystem of such people we are building around Riverwood is our greatest asset as an investment firm focused on helping our companies scale. I am proud of what we have accomplished over the last 12 years, but more excited about the future.” – Scott Ransenberg


Firm:  Providence Equity
Title:  Principal

Lucy Stamell Dobrin is based in the New York office of Providence. She is currently a director of DoubleVerify and EdgeConneX and was previously a director of OEConnection. Prior to joining Providence in 2011, Ms. Dobrin worked as an analyst in the financial sponsors investment banking group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Ms. Dobrin received a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.

“I am fortunate to have the opportunity to invest in the dynamic media and communications sectors, backing market-leading businesses and talented management teams. Over more than eight years at Providence, I have had the opportunity to see the benefits of our sector-focused approach and partnership style in the success of our investments and deep relationships we have built with strategics and management teams. I look forward to working with the rest of the Providence team to continue to back great companies and build relationships of enduring value.” – Lucy Stamell Dobrin


Firm:  JMI Equity
Title:  Principal

Larry joined JMI in 2010 and is focused on the firm’s investments in B2B software businesses. He has completed 13 investments and successfully exited six during his time at JMI.

He is currently a Board Director at Higher Logic, RainFocus, and Raptor Technologies. He also is a Board Observer at Benevity and Level Access. His experience includes several other notable investments, such as automotiveMastermind (acquired by IHS Markit), DoubleVerify (acquired by Providence Equity Partners), and Schoology (acquired by PowerSchool).

Larry graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Economics. He began his career as an analyst in the investment banking division of Merrill Lynch & Co.

“JMI’s focus on growth software gives us the opportunity to partner with incredibly special companies. It is an honor to collaborate with passionate and talented founders and management teams every day.” – Larry Contrella


Firm:  Great Hill Partners
Title:  Principal

Craig is responsible for originating and evaluating investments in the internet, software, healthcare and technology services sectors. He serves on the board of directors of Vatica Health and RxBenefits. He is a former board member of Qualifacts.

Prior to joining Great Hill Partners, Craig was an associate at Frontenac Company, a Chicago-based middle market private equity firm. At Frontenac, his responsibilities included screening and evaluating potential investments, executing transactions, and working with existing portfolio companies in the technology and business services sectors. Prior to Frontenac, Craig was an analyst at J.P. Morgan and a derivatives trader at DRW Trading Group.

Craig earned a degree in economics and psychology from Duke University, where he graduated cum laude and an M.B.A. with Distinction from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. Craig is also a CFA charterholder.

“At Great Hill, we’ve consistently proven our ability to be resourceful in identifying and cultivating relationships with innovative entrepreneurs and compelling, high-growth business models. I’m proud to work at a firm that is committed not only to building these relationships, but providing the resources, strategic guidance and support to shake up legacy industry practices, set new standards and turn heads. In such a rapidly changing healthcare environment, it’s exciting to witness a portfolio company that I’ve worked with on a day-to-day basis transform into a leader of their industry and I’m looking forward to what the future holds.” – Craig Byrnes


Firm:  Silversmith Capital
Title:  Principal

Brian joined Silversmith Capital Partners in 2015 and is currently a Principal. At Silversmith, Brian focuses on investments across the firm’s two core verticals, Healthcare IT & Services and SaaS & Information Services. His investment experience at Silversmith includes Centauri Health Solutions, Iodine Software, LifeStance Health, Nordic Consulting, Sound Physicians, and Net Health.

Prior to Silversmith, Brian was a Vice President at Sterling Partners and an Associate at Metalmark Capital. Brian began his career as an Analyst in Lazard’s Healthcare group.

He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and received his M.B.A. with honors as a Palmer Scholar from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.

“Great entrepreneurs have earned the right to be very selective when choosing a financial partner. At Silversmith, we understand that simply providing capital is not unique. We differentiate by having a deep understanding in our target markets – SaaS & Information Services and Healthcare IT & Services – and striving to support entrepreneurs in any way that we can to help them build and grow their companies.” – Brian Peterson


Firm:  Centana Growth Partners
Title:  Principal

Tom Davis joined Centana in 2017 as a Principal on the investment team. Tom has spent over 10 years investing in both financial technology and software companies, and he currently serves as a board observer at Centana portfolio companies Ease and Sentieo. Prior to Centana, Tom spent 9 years at General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity investment firm with $35 billion in assets under management, where he focused on investments in the financial services sector. During this time, Tom was a key member of the team that led General Atlantic’s investment in First Republic Bank. He also worked closely with the firm’s investment in Mu Sigma.

He began his career as a financial institution investment banker at Morgan Stanley in New York City, where he focused on banks, asset managers, and specialty finance companies. He also spent time working for the San Francisco 49ers on a range of strategic projects, including the successful bid by the San Francisco Bay Area and the 49ers to host the 50th Super Bowl.

Tom graduated with a B.A. in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College. He also holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Tom is involved in a number of non-profit organizations in the Bay Area, including the San Francisco Day School, where he served on the Board of Trustees from 2012-2018, and sat on both the audit and investment committees.

“At Centana, we partner with innovative entrepreneurs and management teams across the financial services ecosystem, including fintechs and enterprise software companies selling into financial verticals. My colleagues and I have been solely focused on financial services for the entirety of our careers and we believe our breadth of specialized experience is an asset we leverage on behalf of our portfolio companies. We look to empower entrepreneurs not only through our capital commitments, but also by offering strategic insight and access to our advisory board, which has deep domain expertise in regulatory changes and the inner workings of both legacy financial institutions and the next generation of fintech providers.” – Tom Davis


Firm:  Spectrum Equity
Title:  Principal

John joined Spectrum Equity in 2009 as an Associate. Now a Principal, John has been involved in 11 transactions, representing approximately $550 million of invested capital. John has completed a wide range of growth investments ranging from minority investments to full buyouts. He has been most active in the education technology, consumer internet, online marketplace, and SMB software sectors. He has participated in Spectrum’s investments in Ancestry, DataCamp, ExamSoft, Finalsite, GoodRx, Grubhub, Headspace, Jimdo, Kajabi, Prezi, and Teachers Pay Teachers. He currently serves as a board member or board observer at Teachers Pay Teachers, Jimdo, Kajabi, DataCamp and ExamSoft. Notably, John was involved in Spectrum’s investments and subsequent liquidity events at Grubhub (IPO in 2014), Finalsite (sale in 2016), Ancestry (recapitalization in 2016), and GoodRx (recapitalization in 2018).

John graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Political Economy. He began his career as an Analyst within Credit Suisse’s media and telecommunications group in New York City.

“Spectrum Equity’s singular focus on growth-stage, internet, software and information services companies with recurring revenue business models provides us with deeply relevant expertise and contributes to our growing network of resources. We are purpose built to help these companies accelerate growth and create lasting businesses that define the categories in which they operate. I am fortunate to be part of the Spectrum team and to have partnered with exceptional founders and management teams over the past decade.” – John Connolly


Firm:  Guidepost Growth Equity
Title:  Principal

Won joined Guidepost Growth Equity in 2011. He focuses on originating, evaluating, and managing growth investments in the technology and tech-enabled services sectors. Over the past 8 years at Guidepost, Won has been responsible for deploying nearly $250 million of capital across a number of investments. His industry expertise includes human capital management, industrial technology, and healthcare IT. A few of his current and previous investments include Asurint, Clarity Software, Green Rabbit, Ingenious Med, Seniorlink, and Valence Health.

Won graduated from Middlebury College with an A.B. in Economics. He began his career as an Analyst at Piper Jaffray in New York. He also worked as an Associate at Covington Associates, where he executed a number of transactions in the technology and healthcare space.

“As a growth equity investor, I am very fortunate to partner with highly successful owner-entrepreneurs who are looking to take their businesses to the next level. At Guidepost, our singular focus is to provide strategic and operational guidance to navigate through the challenges that growth-stage companies often face. By understanding the mindset of owner-entrepreneurs, we work hard alongside these companies to continue expanding and solidifying their position as industry leaders.” – Won Park


Firm:  Spectrum Equity
Title:  Principal

Parag joined Spectrum Equity in 2012 as an Associate. Now a Principal, Parag has been involved in 8 transactions, representing approximately $580 million of invested capital. Parag has been most active in enterprise software, financial technology, education & certification, and sales enablement sectors. He has participated in Spectrum’s investments in BATS Global Markets (acquired by CBOE in 2017), Bitly, Digital Marketing Institute, Offensive Security, Origami Risk, RainKing (acquired by DiscoverOrg in 2017), and Verafin (2014, 2019). He currently serves on the board of Bitly, Digital Marketing Institute, Offensive Security, and Origami Risk.

Parag graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics. He began his career as an Analyst with J.P. Morgan’s Restructuring Group in New York City.

“Spectrum Equity’s uniquely narrow focus by business model and company stage has enabled us to partner with amazing entrepreneurs and help them achieve their growth ambitions. We’ve developed pattern recognition over the past 25 years from backing leading information led-businesses, which helps us add real value, both on strategic initiatives and challenges as these companies scale. These efforts drive distinctive results for our portfolio companies and have helped contribute to the Spectrum franchise. Between these entrepreneurs and my Spectrum colleagues, I’m incredibly fortunate to work with such exceptional people.” – Parag Khandelwal


Firm:  Staley Capital
Title:  Principal


Trey Chandler joined Staley Capital in 2013. He is focused on deal origination and execution, as well as supporting portfolio companies with their growth initiatives. Prior to Staley Capital, Trey worked in investment banking at McColl Partners, where he advised on middle-market M&A transactions across the information technology, healthcare, and energy services verticals.

Trey currently serves on the boards of SmartAction and Aspire Marketing Services, a board observer for Olo and SteelHouse, and last year was named to the GrowthCap’s Top 40 Under 40 Growth Investors of 2018.

Trey graduated with a B.A. in History from Yale University with distinction. While at Yale, Trey was a four-year member of the varsity lightweight rowing team, which won the 2011 Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship.

“At Staley Capital, we partner with B2B technology businesses that are capturing secular tailwinds in consuming-facing markets such as retail, restaurants, hospitality, auto, financial services, and call centers, working with passionate entrepreneurs and operators to help scale their businesses. All of these businesses are at a critical stage in their growth when they are just beginning to institutionalize their sales, marketing, and customer success functions, and we work very closely with management teams to help scale in these areas. I’m lucky to work alongside amazing management teams and other investors here at Staley to help our portfolio companies reach their full potential.” – Trey Chandler


Firm:  Frontier Growth
Title:  Principal

As someone who previously co-founded a mobile telehealth software company, Dave is passionate about helping growth-stage software businesses unlock their full potential. He loves building relationships with management teams and working collaboratively to identify and execute on value creation initiatives. Initiatives that both accelerate growth and improve operating performance.

As a Principal in the firm, Dave splits his time between leading new investments and working with our existing portfolio companies to help them optimize growth. From his entrepreneurial days, Dave brings a focus on continuous improvement. He leads internal initiatives such as our go-to-market strategy along with our technology innovation committee, which has implemented solutions from Slack to a full-blown CRM migration.

Although he was born and raised in Durham and attended Duke for graduate school, for Dave, the sky is Carolina blue.

“The reality is that software is taking over the world. Businesses across every industry can benefit from the efficiencies and insights offered by software solutions. For me, I wake up every day excited about helping our technology companies deliver real value to their customers through offering strategic guidance and operational support.” – Dave Pandullo


Firm:  Silversmith Capital Partners
Title:  Vice President

Nikhil joined Silversmith Capital Partners in 2015.  He focuses on investments across the firm’s two core verticals, Healthcare IT & Services and SaaS & Information Services. His investment experience at Silversmith includes BHE, Centauri Health Solutions, LifeStance Health, MediQuant, Partners Surgical and Upperline Health.

Prior to Silversmith, Nikhil was an Associate at TA Associates where he focused on growth equity investments in healthcare IT and services. Prior to TA Associates, he was an Analyst at Evercore Partners in the Technology M&A group. He received a BS, magna cum laude, in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

“At Silversmith, we focus on doing just a few things really well, and that is partnering with exceptional entrepreneurs of rapidly growing, capital efficient companies in our core areas of expertise. I’ve been fortunate to work on many of our healthcare IT and services companies and am proud of Silversmith’s ability to find under-the-radar businesses and entrepreneurs, work tirelessly to add value, and in the case of some of our healthcare services investments, support the growth of these businesses from the ground-up.” – Nikhil Marathe


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