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Education

  • University of Texas, BA
  • Stanford University, MBA

Previous Relevant Experience

  • M&A specialist at Stephens Inc
  • Analyst at Nations Bank

Q&A

  • What do you love about the growth equity business?

    I really love working with portfolio companies trying to unlock their potential. I enjoy the creative side of our business, thinking about innovative solutions and approaches that can lead to breakthrough performance. And I love the gratification of thinking through the complex puzzle of what makes a company a great, sustainable, valuable business.
  • What’s the best part of your role at Frontier?

    My favorite part is working with our portfolio companies. I love helping them figure out their strategy—how they’re going to scale, which products to lean into, which markets offer the greatest opportunities.

    I also enjoy assessing new opportunities and how each might fit into our portfolio and investment strategy. Investment strategy is a never-ending process, and the task of applying lessons learned, along with new approaches that can benefit all our companies is an incredibly joyful and rewarding job. I consider myself extremely lucky to do what I do.
  • What makes Frontier a good fit for today’s SaaS businesses?

    Part of it is that we understand what it takes to build a successful company because we’ve done it ourselves.

    We're not financial engineers or Wall Street guys. We didn’t spin out of a big institutional private equity firm. We started the business from scratch, just like so many of the founders we partner with.

    In the early days, we were five people with a small fund and big ambitions. We’ve been through that same lifecycle they have, building a business brick by brick with hard work, sweat and thoughtful risk. We know what the journey is like.
  • What convinced you to take the step of co-founding the firm?

    It was a combination of things. I’d just come out of B-School and had an entrepreneurial itch. We believed that B2B-focused growth-stage companies represented a seam in the market that we thought we could fill. And I found a very complementary partnership with Richard.
  • What do you look for in potential investments?

    We look at nearly a thousand companies in a year and invest in three to four. Therefore, we have to be able to quickly assess whether a business fits our strategy and whether it has the essential ingredients for success. At the end of the day, we are looking for things such as momentum, scalability, a sustainable economic model and so on. Combine those characteristics with a great team and you are off to a good start.
  • What are your ambitions for your portfolio companies?

    We are big on alignment between ourselves and the companies with whom we partner. So, ironically, my ambition is to help our companies achieve their own goals.

    Once those goals are achieved, some amazing things can happen for lots of constituents including shareholders, employees, and beyond. There are opportunities for growth and advancement and of course the economic freedoms afforded by a successful outcome.

    To think that we help change lives, create security, and open pathways to opportunity as part of the whole process—that is a very cool thing.

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