Roger Hurwitz,
Managing Partner

“You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" - Annie, The Musical

grow With Passion

Roger focuses on investments in software and technology-enabled business services.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Roger is a founding partner of Volition Capital

  • Prior to helping found Volition Capital in 2010, Roger was a partner at Fidelity Ventures, where he focused on early growth equity investments including GeoLearning (acquired by SumTotal)

  • Roger was also a partner at Apax Partners, focused primarily on investments in enterprise software and technology-enabled services including Intralinks, Planview and RealPage

  • Before that, he worked for GE Capital and was a Vice President of GE Equity, where he played a key role in developing the technology group’s investment strategy for business-to-business electronic commerce. His investments at GE Equity included Commerce One, OpenSite Technologies, Proxicom and Multex

  • Earlier in his career, Roger worked in corporate finance at Chase Manhattan Bank, and spent six years at Arthur Andersen in accounting and corporate finance. Roger is a National Judge for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards

  • Roger is a former board member of the Venture Investors Association of New York and currently serves on the Advisory Board of The Quebec City Conference

  • He received a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Syracuse University in 1987 and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1995

IPOs and Acquisitions

Roger previously served on the boards of G5 Search Marketing (Peak Equity Partners),  iPipeline (acquired by Thoma Bravo), RedBrick Health (acquired by Marlin Group), Velocify (acquired by Ellie Mae), VisualIQ (acquired by Nielsen), and Vibes Media.  

Current Portfolio

Roger currently serves on the boards of Bond-Pro, Insite Software, LoanLogics, Messagepoint, and Securonix.

FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT ROGER

  • I am and will always be a child

  • Diehard Jets fan. If this is not miserable enough, I am surrounded by Pats fans

  • Married to my college sweetheart. My fantasy is now limited to fantasy football, which I am nuts with

  • Nothing more rewarding than raising two fantastic children

  • Run 30 miles a week to keep my sanity

  • What a great feeling to say Checkmate

Roger on Air


Contact Roger

roger@volitioncapital.com

 

 

Roger's Story

"The Will to Win."

 

Henry Beecher said, “The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't”.

If you asked any of Roger’s former colleagues, they would attest to his perseverance. In fact, even Roger’s portfolio company CEOs would claim the same thing. And then some.

A self-proclaimed chess geek, Roger graduated Syracuse University in 1987 after which he joined the audit team at Arthur Anderson, believing that accounting would give him a strong foundation from which to judge a company’s operational outlook.

After spending six years at Arthur Anderson, which included time both auditing and working in a newly established Corporate Finance Group, Roger left and headed off to the Wharton School of Business.

“Going into business school, my goal was to pursue an investment banking career. I felt that it would enhance my deal related experience and allow me to take my skills to the next level”.

In 1995, Roger joined Chase but left shortly thereafter to join GE Capital. It was at GE Capital that Roger discovered his true passion: investing in technology companies. While at GE, he helped build the Technology Ventures group.

“At the time, GE Capital wanted to get into ventures in a big way. I was really excited about it and the overall ventures business which quickly grew to 100 people.”

In four years, Roger led many transactions including Commerce One, OpenSite Technologies and Multex. 

“My time at GE Capital was like ‘venture training boot camp.’ It was very intense and fast-paced.”

Roger’s next move took him to Patricof and Co. (now Apax Partners) where he helped establish a new growth equity technology practice area in the U.S. - a rather contrarian move at that time for a venture firm. Although Roger initially focused on early-stage investments in the software and technology-enabled services sector (the focus of the firm at that time), he came to believe that Apax should expand into growth equity deals.

Known for seeing value in investment opportunities that others may not immediately recognize, Roger developed conviction around a company called RealPage - believing in the property management technology opportunity and in its founder. Roger spent many days and nights building a rapport with the founder and convincing Apax that it was a sound investment. Simply put, Roger believed that with an infusion of capital and some value-added investor support, RealPage could expand and become the leader in its segment. The investment thesis has played out great.

Roger's passion for growth equity led him to join Fidelity Ventures to help establish a growth equity practice. Through proactive outreach, Roger quickly honed in on his first deal while at Fidelity Ventures, GeoLearning. “This particular portfolio company had so much going for it – a CEO with vision who was the heart and soul of the company, a great management team, an on-demand offering, a happy customer base – that I was confident they could take the next step."

In 2010, Roger helped to found Volition Capital. His passion for helping founders transform their businesses only continues to grow. "Capital+ is really what we are all about."

Roger is married to his college sweetheart Fawn, has two precious kids (Austyn and Jarrett), a dog Rufus and a cat Sasha. Roger is a big Jets fan and causes angst around the office with his Yankee pinstripes.