GrowthCap’s Top 40 Under 40 Growth Investors

09.29.15
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It gives us great pleasure to announce this year’s top 40 under 40 investors in growth capital.

“Having worked in growth financings for over a decade, and having spoken with hundreds of investors along the way I am now more encouraged and excited than ever about the future of the growth economy. The top investors on our list demonstrate the experience, talent, and drive needed to ensure today’s entrepreneurs and executives receive the right financial and strategic support to grow their companies and achieve success over the long run.” – RJ Lumba, GrowthCap CEO

The list was compiled based on nominations as well as a methodical review of the nominated investor’s deal experience, overall background, firm reputation, and position as well as other key factors. We gave the most weight to investors whose peers ranked them as the best of the best. Please see below for the 2015 GrowthCap 40 under 40 list.

1DANIEL KIM

    Firm:  Bregal Sagemount

  Title:  Founding Partner

“Our mission at Sagemount is to be the most flexible source of capital for growth companies. We appreciate that every business and situation is different and have built a platform that can meet entrepreneurs’ needs across all parts of a capital structure, debt or equity, minority or control. Instead of showing up with a preconceived notion of what an investment opportunity looks like, we start with a blank sheet of paper and figure out what makes sense for everyone around the table. This collaborative approach often makes Sagemount the ideal partner for owners and operators.” – Daniel Kim

Daniel Kim is a Partner and Founder at Bregal Sagemount where his current investments include Accela, Key Health, MicroEdge and MOBI Wireless. Bregal has quickly made a name for itself in the growth investing space since its founding in 2012, and their $650M fund is one of the largest debut funds in the growth company segment. The firm has also expanded to include various credit-focused strategies. Prior to his time at Bregal Sagemount, Kim was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs’ Americas Special Situations Group, where he led investments in the technology sector. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School and both a BS in Biological Sciences and a BA in Music from Stanford University.

2JULES MALTZ

Firm:  Institutional Venture Partners

Title:  General Partner

“It’s an amazing time to work in later-stage investing. Companies are growing faster than ever with the potential to reach hundreds of millions of users and meaningful revenue within a very short timeframe. I feel lucky to be surrounded by an incredible team at IVP looking for the top growth-stage companies.” – Jules Maltz

Jules Maltz has over a decade of investing experience in high growth software and internet companies. Jules is currently a General Partner at Institutional Venture Partners, where since joining in 2008 he has led investments in Buddy Media (CRM), Dropbox, Indiegogo, Progreso Financiero, RetailMeNot (SALE), TuneIn, Zendesk (ZEN), Zenefits and Slack. Previously, Jules worked for global private equity firm 3i where he helped initiate the firm’s strategy for internet investing. Jules is also active in the broader technology community through the National Advisory Council for Techbridge, a nonprofit organization that helps girls discover technology and science. Jules has an MBA from Stanford University and graduated with a BA in Economics from Yale University.

3DOMINIC ANG

Firm:  Turn/River Capital

Title:  Founding Partner

“We started Turn/River because we see the emergence of a new breed of web company – bootstrapped, extremely lean, often profitable, usually Saas, operating almost entirely online. We think these companies are, in a strange way, a tough fit for the existing financial players: too capital efficient for venture capital, too small for traditional private equity and too messy for strategics. Turn/River was built specifically to step into this gap. With our flexible capital and our data-driven operational approach, we can help these companies double or triple their growth rate, and build value for everyone.” – Dominic Ang

Dominic Ang is the Founder of Turn/River Capital and specializes in growth capital investments for small-scale technology, web and SaaS companies. Dominic is a successful entrepreneur turned investor, and leverages his significant operating experience to help portfolio companies optimize marketing and distribution strategies. He is known to regularly roll-up his sleeves and work closely with management teams to optimize their approach to market for growth and profitability. Prior to founding Turn/River, Dominic was the CEO of My Perfect Sale (acquired by Sugar, Inc) and a VP at Vector Capital. Dominic has a long track record of success, having been on the board of Register.com, WatchGuard Technologies, BookFresh & Plum District. Current board positions include Sucuri & Reviewsnap.

4SEAN CANTWELL

Firm:  Volition Capital

Title:  Partner

Sean Cantwell has over 15 years of experience in the growth investing industry. He is currently a Partner at Volition Capital, the former growth investing arm of Fidelity Investments, where he focuses on investments in software and technology-enabled services. His board directorships and investments include Visual IQ, iPipeline, G5 Search Marketing, GlobalTranz, Ping ID, GeoLearning (acquired by SumTotal), Velocify, EnterpriseDB and The Resumator. Prior to helping found Volition Capital in 2010, Sean was a Vice President at Fidelity Ventures. From 2001 to 2004, Sean worked at Summit Partners, where he focused on growth equity investments in the software, healthcare and financial services sectors. Sean received a BA from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

5STEPHEN WOLFE

Firm:  Mainsail Partners

Title:  Partner

Over the past decade, Stephen has established a leading network of relationships in all corners of the growth equity industry. He is currently a Partner at Mainsail Partners and is responsible for sourcing, executing, and managing new investments. Prior to Mainsail, Stephen worked at Vector Capital, a leading global private equity firm, where he led the firm’s deal sourcing efforts, including primary responsibility for building relationships directly with company executives, investment bankers, and other intermediaries. While at Vector Capital, Stephen was responsible for sourcing three investments, representing approximately $300 million of equity capital. Stephen also worked at Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse First Boston in their Technology Investment Banking Groups. As a banker, Stephen executed over 25 technology-related transactions, including M&A and capital raisings, representing over $20 billion in total transaction value.

6SARAH SOMMER

Firm:  Level Equity

Title:  Co-Founder

Sarah Sommer founded and is a partner at Level Equity. She has spent her career as an investor in growth-stage software, media and internet companies. Her current investments include BoardEffect, etouches, Radiate Media, Riskonnect, Sidewalk, SiteHawk and Wombat Security Technologies. Prior to Level Equity she was a member of the investment team at Insight Venture Partners. Sarah is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where she was a Joseph Wharton Scholar.

7PAUL MARIANI

Firm:  ABS Capital

Title:  General Partner

A part of the ABS Capital team since 2003, Paul Mariani is currently a General Partner with a focus on business and education service companies. His previous investment experience spans over a decade and is centered around the technology-enabled services, eCommerce, software and digital media sectors. Current board memberships include PowerReviews, Purch and Teachscape. Previously, Paul worked in technology investment banking at Robertson Stephens and SoundView Technology Group. Paul received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1999.

8GUS ALBERELLI

Firm:  Trident Capital

Title:  Managing Director

Currently, Gus Alberelli is Managing Director at Trident Capital specializing in IT security, enterprise software, and technology-enabled services. His current and previous board directorships and observer positions include AcademixDirect, Intelepeer, MyPerfectSale (acquired by Sugar, Inc.), Prolexic Technologies (acquired by Akamai Technologies), and Revolution Prep. Notably, he invested $12.9 million in Prolexic throughout 2011, which was valued at $187 million when Akamai acquired it in February 2014. Alberelli’s twelve years in the private equity business also includes his work at Kennet Partners and Trinity Ventures. Alberelli received a BA from Swarthmore College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

9SHANE KIM

Firm:  Camden Partners

Title:  Partner

With over 15 years in the private equity business, Shane Kim is a Partner and Managing Member of Camden Partners. Kim specializes in payments and transaction processing investments within the business services and healthcare sectors. Kim has extensive experience with portfolio companies such as Masterplan, New Horizons, Vantage Oncology, and CardSystems. His current board positions include Ingo Money, Bluefin Payment Systems, Santa Rosa Consulting, and Planet Payment (NASDAQ: PLPM). Kim graduated from the University of Maryland with B.S. degrees in Finance and Management Science and Statistics.

10JOSH GOLDIN

Firm:  Alliance Consumer Growth

Title:  Co-Founder

Josh Goldin and Alliance Consumer Growth, a consumer-oriented growth equity firm that Josh co-founded in 2011 along with Julian Steinberg and Trevor Nelson, have quickly made a name for themselves as some of the top consumer investors in the world. Recent wins include Shake Shack’s IPO and KRAVE Jerky’s sale to Hershey. Josh currently serves on the board of directors of Tender Greens, PDQ Restaurants, Babyganics and Kriser’s Natural Pet. Previously he served on the boards of Suja Juice and Shake Shack. In 2013 Josh was recognized by Forbes as one of America’s “25 Most Influential Kingmakers in Consumer and Retail.” Prior to establishing ACG, Josh led The Lessing Companies, a consumer-focused private equity group. Josh holds an M.B.A. with distinction from the Harvard Business School, and a B.A. with honors from Wesleyan University.

11ALISON KILLILEA

Firm:  W Capital

Title:  Managing Director

With nine years in the private equity business, Alison Killilea specializes in the direct secondary asset class in growth stage private equity and provides flexible liquidity solutions. Her current and past investment coverage includes companies such as CollegeNet, Fios, and Green Dot and she holds board or observer seats on a variety of portfolio companies such American Traffic Solutions and Prodigy Health Group (acquired by Aetna). Previously, Killilea worked at Robertson Stephens and Piper Jaffray. She received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Middlebury College.

12BRENDAN CARROLL

Firm:  Victory Park Capital

Title:  Co-Founder

Brendan Carroll is a Partner and Co-Founder at Victory Park Capital. Carroll’s responsibilities include executing private debt and equity investment opportunities, providing assistance to portfolio companies, fundraising, and overseeing investor relations. Carroll is a member of the Board of Directors of EMS Holdings I, Inc., Enteris Biopharma, Inc. and VPC Pizza Operating Corp. (Giordano’s). Previously, Carroll spent time in investment banking roles at William Blair & Company and Robertson Stephens as well as working for former U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman. Carroll received a BA in government from Georgetown University in 1999 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2004.

13JENNIFER BAXTER MOSER

Firm:  TSG Consumer Partners

Title:  Managing Director

As Managing Director at TSG Consumer Partners, Jennifer Moser is responsible for the sourcing, diligence, and execution of private equity transactions of consumer branded companies. In the past, Moser worked as a consultant for Bain & Company and as an analyst for Gap. She received a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Her current board positions include Alex Bittar, Paige Denim, and REVOLVE.

14DEAN JACOBSON

Firm:  Accel-KKR

Title:  Managing Director

Dean Jacobson is a Managing Director at Accel-KKR. Prior to joining Accel-KKR, Dean was a Vice President with Summit Partners where he was involved in private equity investments in the technology and financial services sectors. Prior to Summit, Dean worked as a Director of Corporate Development at Vonage, a leading provider of digital phone services. Before Vonage, Dean was an Associate Director at 3i, a leading global private equity firm where he focused on the firm’s later-stage technology investing practice in the United States. Currently Dean is a Director of Abila, Cielo, EPiServer, Infinisource, North Plains, and Oildex. Notable exits include The Endurance International Group’s acquisition by a private equity consortium for $1.0 billion in 2011 and KANA Software’s sale to Verint Systems (NASD: VRNT) for $514 million in 2014.

15KEVIN BHATT

Firm:  Long Ridge Equity Partners

Title:  Partner

Kevin Bhatt joined Long Ridge in 2010 and serves as a Partner. Prior to joining Long Ridge, Kevin was a Vice President with AEA Investors, a leading middle market private equity firm. Prior to joining AEA Investors, Kevin was an associate at TH Lee Putnam Ventures, where he served as a member of the firm’s financial services and business services teams. Prior to joining THLPV, Kevin worked at McKinsey & Company, where he was a member of the Financial Services Group. Kevin received a B.A. in Economics with Honors from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

16NATHAN LOCKE

Firm:  Kayne Anderson Capital

Title:  Managing Director

Nathan Locke is currently a Managing Director for Kayne Anderson Capital’s growth private equity strategy. After earning a BS in Finance from the University of Utah, Nathan Locke worked as a senior analyst on the finance team of Romney for President and as the controller for the Commonwealth Political Action Committees. Current investments include Agilix Labs, 3Cinteractive, CellTrust, Language Access Network, MDLIVE, and Search Optics.

17RYAN HINKLE

Firm:  Insight Venture Partners

Title:  Managing Director

Ryan Hinkle boasts experience in internet, e-commerce, infrastructure and application software investing across Europe, Australia, and North America. His investments range from growth equity to leverage buyouts, growth buyouts, and platform roll-ups. Hinkle joined Insight Venture Partners in 2003 where he is now Managing Director with major investments that include Hayneedle, Ozsale, AdColony, Kony Solutions, Chegg, Argus Software, and Punch! Software. A technology enthusiast, Hinkle began his career by developing electricity trading productivity tools at PPL Corporation and building software at Morgan Stanley. Hinkle graduated from University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Finance from Wharton and Electrical Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

18BRIAN MULVEY

Firm:  PeakSpan Capital

Title:  Co-Founder

Brian Mulvey has been partnering with software entrepreneurs for over a decade and served on the boards of eight companies. Before co-founding PeakSpan, Brian worked at Investor Growth Capital for seven years as a leader in the software investment team. Prior to IGC, he worked with Summit Partners – first in the firm’s Boston office, then in London to help Summit launch their European operation. Prior to Summit, Brian started his career at Shawmut Capital, a growth firm focused on financial technology. He received a B.S. in Finance and Strategic Operations and Management from Boston College, where he graduated cum laude.

19BRET BOWERMAN

Firm:  Harbour Point Capital

Title:  Co-Founder

Bret Bowerman is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Harbour Point Capital and a Senior Advisor to Irving Place Capital. Prior to forming Harbour Point Capital in 2015, Bret was an investment professional with Irving Place Capital for 8 years, most recently as a Principal focused on the healthcare sector. Prior to joining IPC in 2007, Bret worked as an investment professional for GoldenTree Asset Management, DB Capital Partners and an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston. Bret also served in a senior operating role of a private equity-backed portfolio company, as Director of Financial Planning & Analysis for Jenny Craig, Inc. He received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 and a BA from Washington & Lee University in 1999.

20PHIL YATES

Firm:  Bregal Sagemount

Title:  Partner

Phil Yates is a Partner at Bregal Sagemount where his current investments include Adreima, Recondo Technology, TradeGlobal, ZeOmega. Prior to this, Phil was with Great Hill Partners from 2003 to 2012 where he focused on growth investments in software and technology-enabled services across the healthcare, payments, business services and consumer verticals. Before Great Hill Partners, Phil was at Carousel Capital, a middle market private equity firm headquartered in Charlotte, NC where he worked on transactions in franchising, healthcare, industrials, and communications. Phil holds a BS in Business Administration with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

21ROY BURNS

Firm:  TA Associates

Title:  Managing Director

Roy Burns is a Managing Director at TA Associates, specializing in financial services, business services and other growth services companies. Roy’s board experience includes BluePay Processing, Dealer Tire, and Stadion Money Management. He is also a Board Observer for First Eagle Investment Management. Prior to joining TA Associates in 2001, he worked at Bank of America Securities in its High Yield and Leveraged Finance Group and Davidson Kempner Partners. Roy received a BS degree in Business Administration from Washington and Lee University in 1999 and an MBA degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2006.

22MATT EMERY

Firm:  JMI Equity

Title:  General Partner

Matt Emery joined JMI Equity in 2006 and is a General Partner specializing in investments in software, healthcare IT, and technology-enabled services businesses. Matt is currently a director of PointClickCare. He is also a board observer at WhiteHat Security and Workfront. Prior to joining JMI, 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.

23BOB NYE

Firm:  JMI Equity

Title:  General Partner

Based in Baltimore, Bob Nye joined JMI Equity in 2005 where he is currently a General Partner. He is currently a director of Adknowledge, Benevity, DoubleVerify and Undertone. Bob also supports the firm’s investments in Dean Evans & Associates and BrightLine. He is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) Board of Directors. In the past, Nye was a consultant with Bates White, an economic consulting firm focused on econometric and statistical modeling. He graduated from Princeton University.

24CHRIS ADAMS

Firm:  Francisco Partners

Title:  Partner

Chris Adams is a Partner with Francisco Partners and focuses primarily on investments in the technology-enabled services and information services sector. Prior to joining Francisco Partners in 2008, Chris was with American Securities Capital Partners where he evaluated and executed private equity transactions across business services and industrial technology. Chris is a world-class growth strategist, having previously been a strategy consultant in the Atlanta, Sao Paulo, and Sydney offices of Bain & Company. He has also worked at a venture capital firm in Bangalore and a technology startup in Shanghai.

25HASAN ASKARI

Firm:  K1 Capital

Title:  Partner

Hasan Askari is a Partner at K1 Capital, where in addition to leading sourcing for new investments, he is an active board member for K1’s portfolio companies and advisor to K1’s management teams. Previously Hasan worked at Kayne Anderson and Pathway Capital Management. Hasan is a graduate of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, where he received a BS in Business Administration.

26JOEL LANIK

Firm:  Frontier Capital

Title:  Partner

Joel Lanik is a Partner at Frontier Capital where his primary focus is on the firm’s managed IT and HCM software and services investment activities. Previously, Joel was Vice President of Finance and Strategy at LURHQ. Joel started his investing career with Frontier in 2000 as an associate on the firm’s Fund I investment team. His current board positions include BEW Global, WilsonHCG, ConnectSolutions, eVerifile, Conclusive Analytics, Cash Cycle Solutions, and PMG Research.

27CHETAN PUTTAGUNTA

Firm:  New Enterprise Associates

Title:  Partner

Chetan Puttagunta is a Partner at New Enterprise Associates and focuses on Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications and infrastructure software. His investments at NEA include MuleSoft, MongoDB, Elastic, Acquia, Swiftype, Forter, Placester, ScoutRFP, and Beanstalk. He was previously involved with Gaikai (acquired by Sony). He’s been named to Forbes Magazine’s “30 under 30” in venture capital. Prior to joining NEA, Chetan was an investor with H.I.G. Capital’s Leveraged Buyout Group and a technology investment banker with Houlihan Lokey. Chetan earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

28GRAVES TOMPKINS

Firm:  General Atlantic

Title:  Managing Director

With over ten years in the private equity business, Graves Tompkins is currently a Managing Director at General Atlantic. Graves Tompkins leads General Atlantic’s global capital partnering effort. At the firm since 2007, Graves has worked in the Business Services, Healthcare and Financial Services sectors. Graves currently serves on the board of Oak Hill Advisors and he previously managed the firm’s investment in Emdeon. Prior to joining GA, Graves worked in the Merchant Banking Division at Goldman Sachs & Co., where he focused on principal investments across a broad range of sectors, and at McKinsey & Company.

29JESSICA REED

Firm:  Alta Equity Partners

Title:  General Partner

Born and raised on the East Coast, Jessica Reed started her career in investment banking after graduating summa cum laude from Babson College. While at Harris Williams & Co. she helped advise middle market companies in the industrial, consumer products, telecommunications and business services sectors. Reed then joined Alta in 2006 and has been involved in the firm’s investments in CombineNet, Truist and Reach Analytics. Additional portfolio company experience includes Cellular One (MTPCS), HMP Communications and Screen Media. Jessica is also a member of the Women’s Association of Venture & Equity (WAVE).

30SARA NAYEEM

Firm:  New Enterprise Associates

Title:  Principal

After receiving an AB in Biological Sciences from Harvard College and an MD and MBA from Yale University, Sara Nayeem spent some time conducting cardiac development research as well as other clinical research before moving on to work in Merrill Lynch’s Global Healthcare Group. Previously she was also an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley. In 2009, Nayeem joined New Enterprise Associate’s healthcare team, specializing in biopharmaceutical companies. She serves on the boards of Mersana, Cydan and Vtesse and as a board observer for Loxo Oncology, Zyngenia, and Ziarco. She previously served as a board observer for Epizyme, Tesaro, and Omthera. She has also been involved in NEA’s investments in Prosensa, 3-V Biosciences, and Edimer.

31SCOTTIE WARDELL

Firm:  Kayne Anderson Capital

Title:  Director

Scottie Wardell is Director at Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, where she joined in 2010. She spent a few years as a middle market mezzanine debt investor and has since become a growth private equity investor. In the past, Wardell was an Associate at Fortress Investment Group, working in the firm’s Hybrid/Credit, Private Equity, and Hedge Fund businesses. She also worked as an investment-banking analyst at Lehman Brothers. Wardell graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Economics and Psychology.

32HEATHER SMITH THORNE

Firm:  Swander Pace Capital

Title:  Director

Heather Thorne has impressive investment experience that includes current board positions at Aden & Anais, Frozen Specialties, Gilchrist & Soames, gloProfessional, Renew Life Formulas, and Wholesome Pet Care. Heather is responsible Originating and executing leveraged buyouts and other investments in the consumer products, Internet, and media verticals, Thorne was a Vice President at Thomas Bravo. Earlier in her career she worked as part of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey’s Corporate & Investment Banking division. Heather received an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2006 and a BA from Vanderbilt University in 2000.

33ROB HASSELL

Firm:  Summit Partners Credit

Title:  Principal

Rob Hassell is a Principal at Summit Partners. As a founding member of Summit Partners Credit Advisors, Hassell has an impressive experience in leveraged finance. Currently, his interests have broadened as he also works in the healthcare, aerospace and defense, and business services sectors. Prior to Summit, he worked for Guggenheim Investment Management and Bear Stearns. Hassell received a BA in political science from Williams College.

34MIKE ZAPPERT

Firm:  Adams Street Partners

Title:  Principal

Mike is a currently a Principal at Adams Street Partners, and invests in venture and growth-oriented companies with a focus on the technology space. Mike sits on the Boards of Directors of Visier and Boundary, and is a Board Observer at Couchbase. Mike led Adams Street’s investment in ServiceMax, and is actively involved with Adams Street’s investments in RetailMeNot (SALE), Criteo (CRTO), Five9 (FIVN), Zynga (ZNGA), TeleSign, Atlantis Computing, Matrixx Software, RadiumOne, Rimini Street and Integral Development.

35BRENDAN DICKINSON

Firm:  Canaan Partners

Title:  Principal

Brendan is currently a Principal at Canaan Partners investing in a variety of fintech, eCommerce and digital media companies. He is on the board of EVEN Financial and has worked closely with several portfolio companies including Artspace, borro, JOOR, NatureBox, ShopKeep and Tremor Video (TRMR). He is also an organizer of the NYC Turing Fellows Program which matches top computer science students with summer internships at leading NYC startups. Previously, Brendan was a senior quantitative analyst at Barclays Capital. Brendan received an MBA with distinction from the NYU Stern School of Business and also holds an MS in Computer Science from Brown University, and a BA in Political Science from Bowdoin College.

36ANA SIRBU

Firm:  Google Capital

Title:  Manager

Ana Sirbu’s impressive career led to her first joining Google Capital in 2013 where she is now Manager. Previously, Sirbu served as Corporate Development Senior Manager at Skrill, a London-based online payments company, where she focused on global partnerships and strategy projects. Sirbu spent several years at Silver Lake Partners as an Investment Associate; her role consisted of technology private equity investments and portfolio company management. Sirbu began her career at UBS Investment Bank in New York on their Leveraged Finance and Restructuring team. She received her BA in Economics from Harvard College.

37KAPIL VENKATACHALAM

Firm:  Technology Crossover Ventures

Title:  Principal

Starting his career at Goldman Sachs and continuing to impress over nine years in the private equity business, Kapil Venkatachalam now sits at Technology Crossover Ventures as Principal, specializing in enterprise software and infrastructure opportunities greater than $30 million. His portfolio company experience includes Seismic Microtechnology and ExactTarget, which both saw returns greater than four times initial investment. Venkatachalam has invested over $550M in aggregate capital during his career.

38MICHAEL FARRELL

Firm:  Spectrum Equity Investors

Title:  Principal

Michael Farrell joined Spectrum Equity Investors in August 2009 where he is currently a Principal investing in companies such as BATS Global Markets, EagleView Technologies (formerly Pictometry), and Jagex Limited. In the past, Farrell worked for Landmark Partners and the private equity arm at Michael Tudor Investment Corporation where he specialized in information services, financial technology, and online media companies. Farrell received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Bowdoin College.

39TOM COSTELLO

Firm:  Baird Capital

Title:  Principal

Tom Costello is a Principal with Baird Capital’s U.S. Private Equity team, focused on Technology & Business Services where he sources, evaluates and structures lower-middle-market transactions. Prior to joining Baird Capital in 2007, Tom spent four years with Chicago Growth Partners, a lower-middle-market private equity firm in Chicago. Current and former directorships include Accume, American Auto Auction Group, Flatirons, Harris Research and Vitalyst. Tom received a BA in economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

40ERIC JENSEN

Firm:  Newspring Capital

Title:  Principal

Eric Jensen is currently a Principal at Newspring Capital where his current investments include Archer, Bluenog, EnterpriseDB, and Relay Networks. Prior to Newspring Capital, Eric was a Senior Analyst at AIG Global Investment Group. Eric received an B.S. from the University of Delaware.

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