Growth Investor with GrowthCap‘s RJ Lumba
The Prolific Tech Investor: Francisco Partners’ Peter Christodoulo

The Prolific Tech Investor: Francisco Partners’ Peter Christodoulo

January 25, 2022

In this episode we chat with Peter Christodoulo, a Partner at Francisco Partners, a leading global investment firm that specializes in partnering with technology and technology-enabled businesses.

Peter joined the firm in 2008 and focuses on investments in the financial technology and application software sectors.  He currently serves on the board of directors of Allston Trading, Dynamo, NMI, Paradigm, PayScale, SourceScrub, TS Imagine, and Verifone, and is also involved in FP's investments in Betterment, GAINSystems, NextCapital, Prosper Marketplace and Renaissance. 

We chat about how he approaches his relationship with each company he invests in, the value he and the firm bring to management teams and FP’s commitment to ESG, among other topics.

We hope you enjoy the show.

Supercharging Brand Loyalty: Amperity CEO Kabir Shahani

Supercharging Brand Loyalty: Amperity CEO Kabir Shahani

January 11, 2022

In this episode we chat with Kabir Shahani, the CEO of Amperity, a high-growth SaaS company that enables organizations to take control of their customer data, systematically improve customer relationships, and foster brand loyalty.

Prior to co-founding Amperity, Kabir led the commercial software division for IMS, following the acquisition of Appature, a company he co-founded in 2007. He’s raised over $180 million from notable investment firms including Tiger Global Management, Madrona Venture Group and HighSage Ventures.

We hope you enjoy the show.

Transforming Workflows For Everyone: airSlate CEO Borya Shakhnovich

Transforming Workflows For Everyone: airSlate CEO Borya Shakhnovich

January 4, 2022

In this episode we chat with Borya Shakhnovich, the CEO of airSlate, a global SaaS technology company that provides no-code business process automation, e-signature and document management solutions.

He’s raised over $130 million dollars from notable firms including Morgan Stanley, General Catalyst and Silicon Valley Bank.  We talk about the near ubiquitous use cases for the airSlate solution, Borya’s journey as an entrepreneur and the value his investors have provided. The company generates over $100 million in revenue.

We hope you enjoy the show.

Bridging the Tech Skills Gap: Udacity CEO Gabriel Dalporto

Bridging the Tech Skills Gap: Udacity CEO Gabriel Dalporto

December 28, 2021

In this episode we chat with Gabriel Dalporto, the CEO of Udacity, the market leader in digital talent transformation.   Udacity works with the world’s leading companies to teach labor forces critical tech skills through its powerful and flexible digital education platform. 

Gabe was previously at the helm of LendingTree having led one of the biggest and most successful turnaround and growth stories of a public company in the past decade. He earned graduate and undergraduate degrees in Nuclear Engineering from MIT and the University of Florida, respectively.

We hope you enjoy the show.

FinTech’s Mission Driven Leader: Climb CEO Angela Ceresnie

FinTech’s Mission Driven Leader: Climb CEO Angela Ceresnie

December 21, 2021

In this episode we chat with Angela Ceresnie, the CEO of Climb, which is an innovative student lending platform that makes career creation and transformation more accessible, affordable, and accountable.  The company is driven by a mission to empower individuals to unlock their career potential – no matter what their credit profile.

Angela first joined Climb as the Chief Operating Officer in 2016 and quickly helped shape the operations, culture, and future of Climb, earning her the role of CEO in 2018. Prior to Climb, she co-founded and was COO/CFO of Orchard Platform — a provider of software and data products offered to institutional investors to purchase loans from marketplace lenders.  Orchard was acquired by Kabbage. Earlier in her career, Angela spent nine years running credit risk analytics teams at American Express and Citibank.

We hope you enjoy the show.

Healthcare Growth Investor: Amr Kronfol of Warburg Pincus

Healthcare Growth Investor: Amr Kronfol of Warburg Pincus

December 14, 2021

In this episode we chat with Amr Kronfol, a Managing Director at Warburg Pincus, one of the most well-known private equity institutions in the world.  Founded in 1966, Warburg Pincus has raised 20 private equity funds, which have invested more than $97 billion in over 960 companies in more than 40 countries. 

Amr makes growth investments at the intersection of healthcare, technology, and consumer/retail.  We chat about what he looks for in a CEO, the value that Warburg provides to its portfolio companies, and the areas he is most focused on in the healthcare sector.

We hope you enjoy the show.  

Disrupting An Old Industry: KeyMe CEO Greg Marsh

Disrupting An Old Industry: KeyMe CEO Greg Marsh

December 7, 2021

Welcome to the GrowthCap podcast where we chat with CEOs, investors and other key industry leaders to uncover insights and strategies for accelerating growth and succeeding in business. I am your host RJ Lumba.

In this episode we chat with Greg Marsh, the CEO and Founder of KeyMe, which has disrupted the locksmith industry becoming the nation's most trusted 24-hour emergency locksmith.  The company also has a network of self-service key duplication kiosks located in thousands of retail locations across the country.  

Greg shares his insights into the evolution of KeyMe, his entrepreneurial journey and the massive potential that lies ahead for the company.    KeyMe is growing rapidly and has raised over $150M from top-tier investors including Battery Ventures, BlackRock, Brentwood, Comcast Ventures and others.

We hope you enjoy the show.

Leveraging The Network Effect: Mighty Networks CEO Gina Bianchini

Leveraging The Network Effect: Mighty Networks CEO Gina Bianchini

November 23, 2021

Welcome to the GrowthCap podcast where we chat with CEOs, investors and other key industry leaders to uncover insights and strategies for accelerating growth and succeeding in business. I am your host RJ Lumba.

In this episode we chat with Gina Bianchini, the CEO and Co-Founder of Mighty Networks, which is a SaaS platform for creators and brands to start and grow communities. Gina shares her insights into the mission of Mighty Networks, the value of good investors and her entrepreneurial journey. The company is backed by Owl Ventures, Intel Capital, Sierra Wasatch Capital and others.

We hope you enjoy the show.

Powering The Private Market: Juniper Square CEO Alex Robinson

Powering The Private Market: Juniper Square CEO Alex Robinson

November 16, 2021

Those working in financial markets see what’s coming, it’s the democratization of private investing.  Higher return opportunities in private equity are currently only available to sophisticated institutional and quasi-institutional investors, but that’s changing.

Alex Robinson founded Juniper Square in 2014, to transform private equity with innovative software and solutions.  Today, the company is trusted by over 1,200 GPs to manage more than 200,000 investors and $1.5 trillion in assets.  Juniper Square has quickly become the leading provider of investment management solutions for commercial real estate, the company’s entry point into private equity.

Alex shares with us his insights on real estate private equity and how his company offers an elegant solution to a once complicated problem.  Juniper Square has raised over $100 million and is backed by Redpoint, Ribbit Capital and Felicis Ventures.

We hope you enjoy the show.

It’s About The Team: U.S. Rowing Legend Mike Teti

It’s About The Team: U.S. Rowing Legend Mike Teti

November 9, 2021

Mike Teti never planned on becoming an Olympian, never mind becoming one of the most dominant athletes and coaches U.S. rowing has ever seen.  His story, in many ways, exemplifies an American dream.  From humble beginnings in the city of Philadelphia, Mike took up rowing, a then unknown sport to him, through a friend’s suggestion.  

It turned out that Mike had a real knack for rowing and through consistent hard work and gradual improvement he eventually found himself competing at national and international stages.  Mike never had visions of grandeur, he simply wanted to get better.  That simple philosophy took him to the pinnacle of success in a sport well-known for being one of the most grueling to excel in.  

For nearly four decades, he led U.S. rowing and brought that community great success and great pride. Yet what’s most important to Mike Teti is not what he has achieved; it’s about the experience of being part of a team and helping that team build strength and character and ultimately win.  

We hope you enjoy the show.

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