“Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both.
I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.”
– Michael Scott, The Office
Sean Cantwell is a managing partner and member of the founding team at Volition Capital. He focuses primarily on companies in the Software and Tech-Enabled Services sectors.
Sean’s current board directorships and investments include Assent Compliance, Black Kite, Broker Genius, Creatio, GRAX, OneDay, Millions, and Tracelink.
Sean served on the boards of:
- EnterpriseDB (acquired by PeakEquity Partners)
- G5 Search Marketing (Peak Equity Partners)
- GeoLearning (acquired by SumTotal)
- Globaltranz (acquired by Jordan & Company)
- iPipeline (acquired by Thoma Bravo)
- JazzHR (Jobvite)
- PingID (acquired by Vista Equity)
- Velocify (acquired by Ellie Mae)
- VisualIQ (acquired by Nielsen)
“I admire the tenacity and guts of the founders we work with. They possess a level of relentlessness that inspires me to push harder for them. I consider it my personal mission to help them reach their goals. I absolutely love investing, but my favorite part of this job, by far, is the people I get to work with. I strive to have a personal relationship with every founder and every management team I meet.”
Sean focuses on investments in software-as-a-service (SaaS) and technology-enabled services businesses. Prior to co-founding Volition Capital in 2010, Sean was an investment professional at Fidelity Ventures. Sean entered the private equity industry in 2001 at Summit Partners, where he focused on growth equity investments in software businesses. Sean began his career at Arthur Andersen.
Sean received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Harvard Business School
Fun Facts About Sean:
- He delivered newspapers every morning at 5:30 am starting in 4th grade until the day he left for college
- He firmly believes that his hometown of Allentown, PA is the greatest place on Earth
- His hobbies include CrossFit and Golf
- He is a proud parent of 4 active kids
- He’s a big sports fan – all Philly teams, ND Football, and Liverpool Football Club
In his new podcast, Scaling Success, Sean Cantwell discusses a wide range of topics that contribute to building a valuable and long-lasting enterprise.
In Episode 8 of Scaling Success, Sean Cantwell invites Lynne Oldham to the podcast to discuss hiring in a post-pandemic world Zoom was one of a handful of companies that experienced... more
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In episode 6 of Scaling Success, Sean Cantwell invites Andrew Waitman, CEO of Assent Compliance, to discuss his experience "operating at the edge of chaos" as he helped the business scale... more
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In his latest episode of Scaling Success, Sean Cantwell welcomes JD Sherman, CEO of Dashlane, formerly President and COO of HubSpot, to talk about setting a strong foundation to scale... more
In his latest episode of Scaling Success, Sean Cantwell invites Don Charlton to give a first-hand perspective on what it's like to be a black founder in the startup worldDon is an... more
In his latest episode of Scaling Success, Sean Cantwell invites Paul Melchiorre to discuss the art and science of sales How do you build and scale a successful sales organization Who do... more
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