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John Cromwell

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John Cromwell

Managing Director

  • As a Co-Founder of GrowthPoint Technology Partners, John focuses on software technologies, encompassing Internet, mobile, security, infrastructure and enterprise applications.
  • +1 (650) 322-2378

    jcromwell@gptpartners.com

John has been actively involved in helping the growth of some of the world’s best-known technology companies. These engagements have produced transactions that span all sizes, from billion dollar divestitures or financings to ten million dollar fundraises or acquisitions. While successfully completing a transaction is rewarding, seeing the underlying technology innovation realized and commercialized is even more exciting to him.

In the span of his career, John has completed countless transactions in the software sector. Noteworthy companies he has worked with include Apple, Cisco, Dell, EMC, E*TRADE, HP, IBM, Intel, Rovi, Oracle, Qualcomm, Symantec, VMware and Yahoo.

Prior to forming GrowthPoint Technology Partners, John managed the Software and IT Services practice area at SVB Alliant (formerly known as Alliant Partners), which he joined in 1996 as its first outside partner. In 2001, John, along with his fellow partners at Alliant, sold the firm to Silicon Valley Bank.

Prior to Alliant, John was Managing Director of Bank of America’s high-technology group, which he ran from 1992 through 1996. He was responsible for directing the bank’s global high tech practice. It was early on in his career, during the later stages of the Pleistocene period that John first demonstrated his entrepreneurial flair, when developing some early prototypes to the current wheel design.

John received a BSC degree from Santa Clara University in 1976 and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley in 1989. He was instrumental in helping launch the opening of the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose and sits on the Development Counsel of the Haas School of Business.

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Bob Horstmeyer

Managing Director

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Bob Horstmeyer

Managing Director

  • Expertise: Bob is a technology generalist who has worked with a wide variety of firms across the entire spectrum of high technology and associated supporting sectors. He is involved with the semiconductor sector, hardware and electronic systems in networking and storage, software companies that are based on analytical algorithms and the optical sector. Additionally, Bob has significant expertise in energy technologies and energy related businesses.
  • +1 (650) 322-1859

    rhorstmeyer@gptpartners.com

Bob has been assisting technology companies in the merger and acquisitions process for over 20 years. During this time, he has been involved in over 150 transactions and has enjoyed the opportunity to work with both large and small technology companies worldwide. His range of client experience includes companies that are less than a year-old to the sale of Peter Wolters GmbH, a 200 year-old German firm that was acquired by Novellus.

Prior to his investment banking career, Bob was a manager and engineer at several technology businesses, including a defense-electro-optics company (night vision goggles, thermal imagers, laser range finders, etc.) and an energy capital equipment company. He is the inventor of record for patents in clean HVAC, horizontal drilling technology, data center cooling, acoustic systems and solar concentrators. He also performed the preliminary economic-engineering analysis for Stanford’s 50 Megawatt cogeneration facility. He has personally been an active investor in technology start-ups in a variety of sectors from semiconductor capital equipment to optical telecom.

Bob’s career began after graduation from the US Naval Academy where he received a BS in Physics. He was an engineering officer on surface ships, qualified as a deep-sea diver and spent several years in Italy managing a five hundred person organization that repaired and overhauled US nuclear submarines in the Mediterranean Sea. Before gravitating to the technology sector, he ran a marine shipping business in the Caribbean and became an expert in the use of motivational management tools.

Bob has a Master’s in Engineering from Stanford University in Engineering Economic Systems, a discipline in modeling problems using dynamic system theory, optimization and decision analysis techniques.

Enjoys: In his spare time, he enjoys sports that begin with the letter “s” (skiing, squash, sailing and swimming) and developing equity option trading models.

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John Savage

Managing Director

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John Savage

Managing Director

  • Expertise: John’s technology knowledge is very broad, from application software to chip design. His main focus areas are on the Internet of Things, Human Computer Interfaces, Sensors, Embedded Software, EDA, PLM and complex hardware and software systems.
  • +1 (650) 322-6185

    jsavage@gptpartners.com

Before co-founding GrowthPoint Technology Partners, John spent nearly eight years as Managing Director at Alliant Partners. At Alliant, he co-managed the Electronic System Team, working in semiconductor design, IP, manufacturing and test; graphics software and systems, and storage systems.

John has completed dozens of transactions with leading technology companies, including Intel, HP, Qualcomm, Sun, Cadence, Synopsys, KLA Tencor, Novellus and ASML.

Prior to Alliant, John spent 18 years as a venture capitalist at Weiss, Peck and Greer and with his own firm, Glenwood Capital Partners. In the early 1990’s Glenwood Capital was the first investment fund with a pure focus on buyouts of mature technology companies. Prior to his venture capital career, Mr. Savage headed strategic planning and business development for Four-Phase Systems, a computer systems company, which was sold to Motorola in 1982.

John began his business career in the first year of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC, where his group was involved in establishing the first air and water standards. In the early 1970′s John joined Envirotech Corporation, a diversified process and environmental technology company. It was at Envirotech where he developed his interest in mergers and acquisitions working with the founder and chairman to grow the company through an aggressive acquisition program. Envirotech also strengthened John’s experience in clean energy, when he managed Envirotech’s clean energy division.

John has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He was formerly a director of several public technology companies, including FileNET Corporation (sold to IBM). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley YMCA. And he has also served as a member of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board.

Enjoys: In his spare time, John works out with the local Masters Swim Club, and tries to find time for golf, when he isn’t otherwise occupied with grandchildren and the family’s Children’s Book Store in San Carlos.

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Mike Shepherd

Managing Director

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Mike Shepherd

Managing Director

  • Expertise: Mike’s technology knowledge is primarily in software from the chip to the application layer. His main focus is on cloud computing (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), systems management, security, storage, networking and mobile device software.
  • +1 (650) 322-2306

    mshepherd@gptpartners.com

Mike has closed transactions with companies such as BMC Software, Cavium, Chordiant, Fair Isaac, HP, IBM, Intel, Rovi, Microsoft, Oracle, Parallels, Symantec, F5 and VMware. Before co-founding GrowthPoint Technology Partners, he was a principal at SVB Alliant conducting software mergers and acquisitions transactions. Prior to joining Alliant, Mike was Managing Director of the Nextera Interactive division of Nextera through to its IPO. At Nextera, he worked with News Corporation on bringing the company’s assets to the Internet and with Hilton Hotels, Starwood and Marriott on Internet strategy.

Before Nextera, Mike founded and served as President & CEO at Pyramid Imaging Inc., which was sold to Nextera in 1998. Pyramid was a software and services company focused on financial services and utilities. While at Pyramid, he started and spun out two other companies, an interactive entertainment company and a video indexing company. Prior to Pyramid, Mike was a management consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton and a manager at Accenture in the Advanced Technology Group. Earlier in his career, Mike was one of the earliest members of the team that started The Independent newspaper.

Mike graduated with honors from Imperial College, University of London with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, and specialized in Biotechnology. He is an Associate of the Royal College of Science. He also graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and is a Sloan Fellow.

Enjoys: Mike currently serves on the board of directors of OM Records. He helps out his two sons’ various sports teams and schools. He plays squash, tennis and tries to play golf.

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Vijay Rawat

Managing Director

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Vijay Rawat

Managing Director

  • Expertise: Vijay’s technology knowledge is broad across many sectors such as software, financial technology, mobile, and technology services. His main focus areas are technology services/BPO, mobility, social analytics, big data, BPO, and communications hardware and software.
  • +1 (650) 396-3825

    vrawat@gptpartners.com

Vijay joined GrowthPoint Technology Partners in 2015 from Jefferies where he was a Senior Vice President within the Technology Investment Banking Group. At Jefferies, Vijay worked on various sell side and buy side M&A, equity (IPO and follow-on) and debt / LBO transactions in various technology sectors including IT services / BPO / HR Services, Communications Hardware and Software, Financial Technology Software, and Telecom.

Prior to Jefferies, Vijay was a Vice President within JPMorgan’s Telecom, Media, and Technology (TMT) group in New York and San Francisco.

Some of the transactions Vijay has worked on include: merger of Sprint and Nextel; leverage buyout (LBO) of Verizon’s Hawaiian wireline assets (Hawaiian Telcom); LBO of Adelphia Puerto Rico assets (San Jaun Cable); LBO of SunGard Data Systems; LBO of Oasis outsourcing Inc.; LBO of Compucom; LBO of SS&C; minority buyout of Cox Communications’ stake in Discovery Communications; Dialog’s acquisition of Sitel; Ceragon’s acquisition of Nera Network; separation of NCR and Teradata; sale of Pure Commerce to Euronet; sale of ARC International to Virage Logic; sale of Furukawa’s majority stake in OCPI to Oplink; IPO of Trinet; IPO of Globalstar; Restructuring of Wind Hellas in Greece; follow-on equity offerings for Dialog, Infinera, iGATE, and Advent Software; and debt financings for Nextel, AT&T, Agilent, NCR, and Clearwire.

Prior to his investment banking career, Vijay worked at Nextel (now Sprint) in its Corporate Development and Strategic Planning Groups and at LCC as a consultant.

Vijay holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) from The University of Southern California (USC) and an MBA with Honors from The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Enjoys: In his free time Vijay likes to bike, run, and spend time with his family.

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Jake Kaldenbaugh

Director

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Jake Kaldenbaugh

Director

Jake is an accomplished technology deal-maker with experience identifying emerging areas of opportunity for enterprise technology companies. He has led initiatives across several public companies in the areas of Cloud Computing, Big Data, Mobility, API Management, DevOps, Testing, Security, OSS Management, APM and Infrastructure Monitoring. Additionally he brings technology deal leadership experience from both the sell-side at Prudential Volpe Technology Partners and Arthur Andersen as well as an acquirer with CA Technologies, NEC Inc. and Borland Software.

Most recently Jake was with CA Technologies where he helped lead transactions with Layer 7, Nolio Software, Grid-Tools and Rally Software. His passion is helping companies define strategies to capture emerging market spaces and guide them to realizing that value through superior exits.

Enjoys: Spending time with his kids and watching the Warriors.

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Nick Kingsbury

Director, UK

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Nick Kingsbury

Director, UK

Nick is an experienced international software entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He started his career with one of the leading UK software houses before setting up his own software and consultancy company in the mid-1980s. He sold this business to Staffware plc in 1996, shortly after which the combined entity floated on AIM. He then spent eight years at the venture capitalist 3i as sector head for software and internet investments. With 3i he advised the local investment teams on over 80 investments and took board roles with a number of portfolio companies and built relationships with many of the large tech industry acquirers mostly in the US.

Since 2007 Nick has acted as advisor to some venture capital funds including the London Technology Fund and C5 Capital, and also has advised and invested in a number of early stage technology companies including Cortexica Vision Systems, Famecount (sold to Starcount) and SaaSID (sold to Intermedia), Censornet and Loot Financial Services. He currently serves as non-executive director for two early stage companies YooDoo Media Limited and PushFor Limited and for Objective Corporation, an Australian ASX listed information management software company.

Nick is also Director of Growthpoint Technology Partners UK Limited, the UK subsidiary of the Menlo Park headquartered technology investment bank.

Enjoys: Skiing, running and making things with his 8 year old son!

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Nick DeRose

Vice President

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Nick DeRose

Vice President

Nick DeRose joined GrowthPoint Technology Partners in 2011 after spending 12 years in the tech industry. His roles have ranged from IT management to technical marketing to strategic alliances and corporate development. He brings deep technical experience in cloud computing, virtualization, data centers, software, “Big Data”, networking and storage.

Prior to joining GrowthPoint Technology Partners, Nick ran technical alliances between NetApp and Cisco. As an Alliance Manager for NetApp, he helped identify and lead strategic initiatives across different business units, including the successful launch of the FlexPodTM data center solution. Before NetApp, Nick spent five years at Brocade Communications, where he started in IT, later moving into strategic alliances and corporate development to manage the technical relationship with VMware. As one of the first virtualization specialists, Nick was instrumental in positioning Brocade’s product portfolio as a preferred networking solution in a newly emerging field. Nick’s first job was running global IT for HPL Technologies – which was sold by Alliant Partners, led by John Savage and Bob Horstmeyer.

Nick graduated from California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Business Administration and Management Information Systems.

Enjoys: Outside of the office, Nick can be found out on his bike or running the local trails. He has competed in over 50 triathlons, including the Ironman. In addition, he has completed numerous marathons including the NYC and Boston Marathons. He also enjoys golf when time permits.

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Anson Kwan

Vice President

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Anson Kwan

Vice President

Anson Kwan is a Vice President at GrowthPoint Technology Partners, specializing in the technology industry spanning Software, Services, and Semi’s. He is responsible for client coverage and deal execution across M&A and strategic capital raises. He is experienced with financing as well as M&A and other strategic transactions.

Prior to GrowthPoint, Anson was a technology practitioner with extensive experience in security and software. He has expertise with cyber technologies and integration strategies and was responsible for the data centers and architecture of large scale networks at multi-site projects. He holds certifications in many recognized platforms including Microsoft, Cisco, SCSA Oracle, Linux, PMP, Ethical Hacking. Previous experience includes buy-side advisory, engineering, and consulting.

Anson received an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Chemistry with honors from the University of California, Davis.

Enjoys: Outside of the office, Anson is an open water swimmer, avid tennis player, and enjoys riding motorcycles.

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Alex Loukas

Associate

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Alex Loukas

Associate

Alex joined GrowthPoint Technology Partners in 2013 from FanTravel.com, a web-based group travel platform for universities and organizations he co-founded. In his role there, he was primarily responsible for business development. His other experiences include working for Asthmatx (acquired by Boston Scientific), a medical device startup which specialized in Bronchial Thermoplasty and Acuity Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm focused on digital media technologies.

Alex attended Stanford University where he played quarterback and was a member of the football team which won the 2011 Orange Bowl. After his college career, Alex spent one season playing football for L’Hospitalet Pioners in Barcelona, winning a Spanish National Championship and visiting over 10 different countries in Europe and Africa.

Alex graduated from Stanford University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Technology, and Society in 2010 and Master’s Degree in Media Studies in 2011.

Enjoys: When not on the job, he loves playing sports, exploring San Francisco’s newest restaurants, and traveling when time permits.

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Jack Cassel

Associate

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Jack Cassel

Associate

Jack Cassel has 7 years of investment banking and startup experience in the technology sector.

Prior to joining GrowthPoint Technology Partners, Jack worked for Reputation.com, where he managed business development and sales for the enterprise division. Jack played an integral role in the company’s growth and was responsible for sourcing and negotiating multi-year contracts with Fortune 1000 companies. Before joining Reputation.com, Jack was a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley in San Francisco, where he assisted entrepreneurs and private companies with all aspects of investment planning and management, specifically surrounding ESOPs, IPOs and M&A transactions.

Preceding his entry in to the business world, Jack played Major League Baseball for the San Diego Padres and Houston Astros. While playing baseball, Jack also co-founded Players for the Planet – a non-profit organization that utilizes professional athletes to promote environmental awareness. He currently serves as a board member.

Jack holds an MBA from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and attended Loyola Marymount University for his undergraduate studies.

Enjoys: When not at the office, Jack enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, running and catching as many MLB and NFL games as he can.

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Rishi Mehta

Associate

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Rishi Mehta

Associate

Rishi joined GrowthPoint in 2014. He has previous experience working at Woodside Capital Partners, an Investment Bank providing M&A advisory and capital raising for emerging growth companies in the technology and healthcare sector. He also has experience working at Silicon Valley Bank, where he assisted the team in providing debt financing to venture backed companies.

Rishi graduated from UC Berkeley in 2013 with a B.S. in Bioengineering and from UC Santa Cruz in 2011 with a B.A. in Business Economics.

Enjoys: He is a Bay Area sports fan, loves playing basketball, hiking, and travelling in his free time.

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Joe Coleman

Analyst

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Joe Coleman

Analyst

Joe joined GrowthPoint Technology Partners in 2016 from Cambridge Associates, a global investment advisory firm. In his role there, Joe worked with endowment and foundation clients on asset allocation, manager selection, and risk management decisions. Prior to that experience, Joe worked in corporate finance at both Yahoo and Lockheed Martin, where he interfaced between engineers and business teams for financial planning and analysis.

Joe graduated magna cum laude from Santa Clara University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. He was a captain and four-year member of the Santa Clara Men’s Club Lacrosse Team.

Enjoys: Outside of the office, Joe enjoys all things sports, playing music with his mediocre cover band, and adventuring around California.

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Sara Farana

Office & HR Manager, Compliance

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Sara Farana

Office & HR Manager, Compliance

Sara joined GrowthPoint Technology Partners in 2012 after working for Airship Ventures, which operated the only passenger carrying Zeppelin in the United States.

In 2008, Sara earned her Private Pilot Certificate for single engine aircraft, thus leading her to enroll in one of the only aviation programs in California at San Jose State University (SJSU). At SJSU, Sara was a member of the Precision Flight Team and was an officer for the Women in Aviation student club. She has prior experience working as a Certified Weather Observer at the San Jose International Airport and dispatching aircraft to students at a local flight school. At Airship Ventures, she organized private charter flights and lead the Pilot Experience Program that gave private pilots the chance to fly a Zeppelin NT.

She graduated from San Jose State University in the Spring of 2011 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Operations and a Minor in Business.

While at GrowthPoint, Sara has completed the certificate program through UC Berkeley for Human Resource Management and achieved her Professional in Human Resources certification.

Enjoys: In her free time, Sara enjoys traveling, kickboxing, hiking, wine & craft beer tasting, and spending time on the lake near her cabin in Arnold. She also loves being a new mom to her daughter, Sienna.

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David Albert

IT Manager

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David Albert

IT Manager

Prior to joining GrowthPoint Technology Partners as IT Manager, David worked as a Technology Product Manager at both Microsoft and Wells Fargo Bank, developing digital products and services for the consumer marketplace. At Microsoft’s MSN TV unit, he led the development and integration of Wi-Fi componentry for the MSN TV 2 media set-top box.

His earlier work as Business Technology Architect for Nextera Interactive focused on large-scale intranet and groupware applications for clients such as Verizon, Hartford Insurance, and Bell Canada, as well as a digital media startup for a hospitality consortium which included Hilton, Starwood, and Marriott groups.

His experience includes 10 years at Bank of America, including a key role on behalf of the Capital Markets Systems division in the mid-1990’s. On this assignment, David was instrumental in arranging capital funding and equipment as well as technical resources for the bank’s global TCP/IP deployment.

David began his career as an industrial engineer in the financial services industry, including assignments for Bank of America’s nationwide credit card operations and as VP/Manager of Operations Analysis at Coast Federal Bank.

David graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Communications Research.

Enjoys: David makes the most of his central San Francisco playground, enjoying the best of the city’s new- and old-world food, music, and nightlife. If he’s not catching a new act at SF Jazz, Yoshi’s, or Feinstein’s, you’ll find him at home entertaining over a fiery grill and well-appointed libations.

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Karyn White

Financial Principal

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Karyn White

Financial Principal

Karyn M. White serves as Growth Point Technology Partners’ Financial & Operation Principal and Chief Accountant. She is responsible for ensuring the accurate and timely filing of the firm’s financial regulatory reports to all regulatory bodies.

Over the past 20+ years, Karyn has worked as a part-time Financial Principal and CFO, with an emphasis on compliance with FINRA financial rules and regulations, developing and maintaining internal accounting systems, and assisting with financial audits. Previously, she was a Senior Compliance Examiner with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and received her C.P.A. license in 1986.

Karyn graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Business Administration.

Enjoys: In her free time she enjoys swimming, spending time with her husband, two cats, and taking care of her twin boys.

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