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Our business is not about capital – it’s about people. That’s why we strive to keep business human. With zero patience for posturing, disrespect or pointy elbows, we have high expectations for ourselves – and others. We love to win, we hate to lose, and we aim for exceptional every time.

What makes us unique? The volition to be the best.

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Sean Cantwell

Managing Partner

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Sean Cantwell

Managing Partner

“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.”

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Larry Cheng

Managing Partner

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Larry Cheng

Managing Partner

"I want to be and believe I am the go-to partner for my founders and CEOs. When things are challenging, I’d like to be the first call because they know I will do anything and everything possible to help support them. When things are going well, I’d like to be there celebrating all of the little and big wins during the journey. I hope to be the most trusted and most impactful partner they can imagine."

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Roger Hurwitz

Managing Partner

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Roger Hurwitz

Managing Partner

“I see value in the investment opportunities others may not immediately see. I believe recognizing what’s beneath the surface is extremely powerful. I’ve helped several companies expand into market leaders in their segment by identifying what could be. At the end of the day, I have this passion for helping founders transform their businesses. My love for this job continues to grow. There’s really no other way to do this every day other than with your whole heart all in it.”

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Tomy Han

Partner

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Tomy Han

Partner

“The businesses that I get the most excited about are those that have strong relationships with their customers, with a commitment to helping each other grow and improve. What I love most about working with entrepreneurs is the opportunity to form a true partnership – both inside and outside the boardroom.”

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Jim Ferry

Partner

Jim Ferry

Jim Ferry

Partner

“I view investing as a true partnership and not a business transaction. Because of that, I spend the majority of my time on the road meeting entrepreneurs in-person and discussing how Volition can be a value-add partner. All startups have their unique challenges that I strive to understand and come up with tailored solutions to ensure Founders can realize their ambitions.”

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Dave Gordon

Principal

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Dave Gordon

Principal

“The businesses that I find most interesting are those unconcerned with the spotlight or accolades and are just singularly focused on dominating their respective categories. My favorite part about this job is having the opportunity to be in the trenches alongside entrepreneurs and play a small part in helping them realize their aspirations.”

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Kyle Howard-Johnson

Vice President

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Kyle Howard-Johnson

Vice President

“Partnering with founders and entrepreneurs building the companies of tomorrow is endlessly interesting and rewarding. The mix of courage, creativity and passion required of them is a unique combination that only a select few possess, and supporting them along their journey is a privilege.”

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Melanie Jordan

Vice President

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Melanie Jordan

Vice President

Melanie joined Volition in 2022 and works on the Volition Capital Software team.

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Emily Pawlak

Sr. Associate

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Emily Pawlak

Sr. Associate

"What excites me about joining Volition is not only the opportunity to provide passionate founders that extra boost towards their fullest potential, but also the simple fact that I get to identify and work with smart people and great ideas all day, every day."

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Michael Brannan

Associate

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Michael Brannan

Associate

"I wanted to work in growth equity because it allowed me the opportunity to work with different founders and companies, helping them to achieve their goals and make a difference in their respective fields."

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Katharine French

Associate

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Katharine French

Associate

"What drew me to working at Volition, and specifically within the growth equity space, was having the opportunity at such an early stage in my career to work directly with passionate and innovative entrepreneurs to grow their ground-breaking products and ideas."

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Sinjon Goldberg

Associate

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Sinjon Goldberg

Associate

"The Volition team has a real appreciation for the hard work and grit that goes into starting a business and I am excited to partner with entrepreneurs to help accelerate growth."

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Estelle Spanneut

Associate

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Estelle Spanneut

Associate

”Don’t fear failure. Be afraid of not having the chance. You have the chance.”
– Sally, from Cars 3

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Aparajita Chauhan

Analyst

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Aparajita Chauhan

Analyst

"I am drawn to growth equity because the chance to contribute to the success of businesses that are driven by a genuine passion for their mission is both inspiring and motivating. I believe that the combination of trailblazing founders and dedicated deal teams creates an energetic environment that fosters innovation, resilience, and a shared commitment to achieving exceptional results."

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Hannah Deljkic

Analyst

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Hannah Deljkic

Analyst

"I believe in investing time and capital into ideas that not only challenge the status quo but also improve how we interact with the world around us. When used appropriately, technology gives us a set of tools to solve the world’s toughest problems - access to quality healthcare, the growing climate crisis and the threat of cyber insecurity to name a few. I am inspired by audacious founders and am excited to work alongside them to build a better and safer world. "

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Aaron Hou

Analyst

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Aaron Hou

Analyst

“Joining Volition allows me to work in an environment and with individuals that value passion and grit – something I think the world has less and less of.”

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Wells Johnstone

Analyst

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Wells Johnstone

Analyst

"I am excited to join Volition because doing work centered around learning and improving is extremely fulfilling to me. Being able to set other people and companies up with long-term success by helping them grow and gain adaptability while experiencing the same thing for myself is an opportunity I can’t get anywhere else.”

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Kevin O’Donnell

Analyst

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Kevin O’Donnell

Analyst

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours”
- Henry David Thoreau

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Matteo Palacardo

Analyst

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Matteo Palacardo

Analyst

"Analyzing and empowering growing businesses led by inspiring, go-getting founders is primarily what drives my interest in growth equity. Joining Volition allowed me to enter an environment in which the investment team matches the ambition behind the founding teams in our portfolio.”

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Luke Phillips

Analyst

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Luke Phillips

Analyst

"I am captivated by the passion and drive exhibited both by the Volition team as well as the countless founders we interact with. I pride myself in fostering personal, authentic relationships and consider myself a positive collaborator who wants to see all parties thrive – investors, founders, and peers alike."

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Zane Salameh

Analyst

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Zane Salameh

Analyst

"I came into growth equity because there is no better opportunity to meet accomplished founders and help them bring their businesses to the next level. Working at Volition allows me to do this with passionate and enthusiastic investors every day."

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Ella Steinhilber

Analyst

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Ella Steinhilber

Analyst

“ What drew me to Volition was the opportunity to interact with founders who have a passion for innovation and the drive to reach the potential of their vision. ”

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Henry Stites

Analyst

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Henry Stites

Analyst

“ I’m energized by the opportunity to learn from and partner with the passionate entrepreneurs that shape our future. ”

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Carolyn Woll

Analyst

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Carolyn Woll

Analyst

"I was drawn to work in the growth equity field because of the opportunity to interact with passionate founders every day and play a role in growing their companies to the next level. At Volition specifically, I am excited by our focus on creating partnerships with aspirational and authentic founders.”

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Steve Shaffer

Operating Partner

Steve Shaffer

Operating Partner

"Throughout my career I have had the privilege of working with gifted and visionary technology entrepreneurs. Building great companies is extremely difficult, but it is work worth doing -- and it takes the right team to be successful. Volition was a great partner for us at Insite Software -- so the chance as an operator to join Volition to support and resource our portfolio founders and executive teams is very exciting and purposeful for me."

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Rob Ketterson

Senior Advisor

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Rob Ketterson

Senior Advisor

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Beth Birnbaum

Senior Advisor

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Beth Birnbaum

Senior Advisor

"My best work experiences have been in environments where a small group works together to surmount significant challenges. There's something magical about a passionate, scrappy group that organically learns to draw on the strengths of individual members, engage in healthy debate, and then move forward decisively in lockstep. Even with limited resources, teams like that can move quickly and accomplish a great deal."

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Michael Giannetto

Senior Advisor

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Michael Giannetto

Senior Advisor

May your heart always be joyful

May your song always be sung

And may you stay Forever young
– Bob Dylan

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Mike Wilkens

Chief Financial Officer

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Mike Wilkens

Chief Financial Officer

"At its core, my role is to provide the reporting and controls every company needs from its finance and accounting team. But, what makes my job interesting and every day a little different is the fast-paced industry we operate within."

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Chris Fahey

SVP, Talent & Human Resources

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Chris Fahey

SVP, Talent & Human Resources

"Behind every business is an idea, but the success of that idea is the direct result of the humans operating and iterating behind it every day. Working in Talent at Volition, I get to help some of the best operators and leaders take their business to the next level through the addition of world-class talent."

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Kelly Barnum

Talent Manager

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Kelly Barnum

Talent Manager

“It’s no use going back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
–Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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Meghan Smith

Sr. Finance Associate

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Meghan Smith

Sr. Finance Associate

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Laura Moran

Sr. Director of Marketing

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Laura Moran

Sr. Director of Marketing

"Volition's commitment to innovation, growth, and empowering businesses aligns seamlessly with my passion for driving impactful marketing through a data-driven approach and strategic storytelling. I'm thrilled to bring the two together in this exciting space! "

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Alan Soclof

Marketing & Content Associate

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Alan Soclof

Marketing & Content Associate

"Being able to work every day with some of the smartest investors and founders in the world is an incredible experience. I could not ask for a better opportunity at this stage in my career."

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Aimee Tashjian

Sr. Executive Assistant

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Aimee Tashjian

Sr. Executive Assistant

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
-Winnie the Pooh

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Ashley Harding

Executive Assistant

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Ashley Harding

Executive Assistant

“The more you know, the more you know you don’t know”
– Unknown

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Kristen Murphy

Executive Assistant

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Kristen Murphy

Executive Assistant

“Some results are positive and some are negative, but all of them are data points”
– James Clear

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Blake Day

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer | Chewy

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Blake Day

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer | Chewy

Michael Blake Day is the co-founder and former Chief Technology Officer of Chewy, Inc. He founded the company with Ryan Cohen in 2011 and rapidly grew the business to become a market leader in the pet industry, selling to PetSmart for $3.35 billion in the largest e-commerce acquisition at the time. Today, Blake focuses on his personal investments in both public and private markets. He currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Raul Fernandez

Vice Chairman & Partner | Monumental Sports & Entertainment

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Raul Fernandez

Vice Chairman & Partner | Monumental Sports & Entertainment

Raul Fernandez is currently Vice Chairman and Owner of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, a private partnership which owns some of Washington DC’s major sports franchises including the WNBA’s 2019 Champion Washington Mystics, the NHL’s 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals, the Washington Wizards, and Wizards District Gaming NBA 2K team.  The partnership also owns and … Continued

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Karen Flathers

Chief Customer Officer | Qure4u

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Karen Flathers

Chief Customer Officer | Qure4u

Strategic Customer Executive with a proven history of driving customer-centric revenue growth and retention. Today, Karen is the Chief Customer Officer for Volition Portfolio company, Qure4u. Prior, Karen was the Chief Customer Officer for Blackline, where she led all post-sales customer functions through a successful IPO, multiple acquisitions, and significant domestic and international growth. Prior … Continued

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Anna Griffin

Chief Market Officer | Commvault

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Anna Griffin

Chief Market Officer | Commvault

Anna Griffin is the Chief Marketing Officer at Intercom. She brings more than two decades of experience in senior marketing roles and was most recently Chief Marketing Officer at Smartsheet. Before Smartsheet, Anna was the Cheif Marketing Officer of IEX Group, a disruptive trading exchange for U.S. equities. Prior to IEX Group, Anna spent five … Continued

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Mindy Grossman

Partner and Chair of Consello Business Development | The Consello Group

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Mindy Grossman

Partner and Chair of Consello Business Development | The Consello Group

Business icon, entrepreneur, mother, fashion enthusiast and self-proclaimed ‘accidental CEO’ are just a few ways to describe Mindy Grossman. One of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business and Fortune’s Business Person of the Year, Mindy is a high-energy, disruptive leader with over 38 years of experience in building and transforming consumer brands. In July … Continued

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Sam Hall

Chief Product Officer | CLEAR

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Sam Hall

Chief Product Officer | CLEAR

Sam Hall serves as Chief Product Officer at CLEAR and brings deep experience and leadership to his role executing CLEAR’s platform strategy and expanding its product vision. Before joining CLEAR, Sam was Chief Product Officer at Grubhub. Prior,  Sam was chief product and technology officer of ClassPass, leading the company’s engineering, product, and design teams. … Continued

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Paul Melchiorre

(Former) CRO | Anaplan

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Paul Melchiorre

(Former) CRO | Anaplan

Paul Melchiorre is an independent director at R3, an enterprise blockchain technology company, and was previously an independent director at Scout RFP, a sourcing and procurement software company that was acquired by Workday (NASDAQ: WDAY). He also sits on the board of nonprofit Spark.Org. Previously, Paul served as Global Customer Officer and Chief Revenue Officer … Continued

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Lynne Oldham

Chief People Officer | Stash

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Lynne Oldham

Chief People Officer | Stash

Lynne is a successful global Chief People Officer and business leader with 20 years of progressive experience in strategic HR leadership and key talent acquisition in various industries, driving profitable growth strategies for startups, private and public companies, and international organizations. She is currently the Chief People Officer at Stash. Prior, Lynne served as Zoom’s … Continued

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Cathy Polinsky

Chief Technology Officer | DataGrail

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Cathy Polinsky

Chief Technology Officer | DataGrail

Cathy Polinsky is a technology executive with over 20 years of industry experience. Currently, Cathy is the VP of Engineering at Shopify. Prior to that, she was the Chief Technology Officer at Stitch Fix, an online personal shopping. She joined in 2016 prior to the Stitch Fix IPO and led the Engineering, Product and IT … Continued

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Niraj Shah

Co-Founder & CEO | Wayfair

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Niraj Shah

Co-Founder & CEO | Wayfair

Niraj Shah co-founded Wayfair with Steve Conine in 2002 and the pair rapidly grew the business to become the largest online retailer of home furnishings, housewares and home improvement goods in the U.S., Wayfair generated $13.0 billion in net revenue for the twelve months ended September 30, 2020. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts with operations throughout … Continued

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JD Sherman

Former CEO & Current Advisor | Dashlane

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JD Sherman

Former CEO & Current Advisor | Dashlane

JD Sherman is the Chief Executive Officer of Dashlane, where he leads a 300+ global team across New York, Paris, and Lisbon, supporting Dashlane’s continued commitment to building the best password management service for both businesses and consumers. Prior to joining Dashlane in early 2021, JD served as President and Chief Operating Officer of HubSpot, where he … Continued

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Shauna Spenley

President of Entertainment | Riot Games

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Shauna Spenley

President of Entertainment | Riot Games

Shauna Spenley is the President of Global Entertainment at Riot Games, where she manages music, animation, film, television, 3rd party games, and consumer products. Prior to joining Riot Games, Shauna was the Vice President of Marketing and Publicity at Netflix, where she spent 15 years in various roles. Shauna led North America Marketing strategy and … Continued

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Tim Wallace

(Former) CEO | iPipeline

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Tim Wallace

(Former) CEO | iPipeline

Tim Wallace is a Strategic Advisor to iPipeline and has over 30 years of experience in the software, service, and consulting industry. In 2008, Tim joined iPipeline as CEO with the mission of scaling the company and solidifying iPipeline as an industry leader and innovator. Under his successful leadership, the company grew to be the … Continued

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Vince Thomas

Founder & (Former) CEO | Billhighway

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Vince Thomas

Founder & (Former) CEO | Billhighway

Vince Thomas is currently the Chairman of Highway Ventures and lead investor of StandUpDetroit, a group of gritty and relentless Detroit based investors who are passionate about business. In 1999 from his college apartment Vince founded Billhighway, an enterprise level cash management, accounting, and payment processing platform for member and donor based organizations. As the … Continued

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Julie Wainwright

Founder | The RealReal

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Julie Wainwright

Founder | The RealReal

Julie Wainwright is an e-commerce pioneer whose latest venture came to her as an epiphany while shopping in a brick-and-mortar consignment store, an industry she felt was ripe for reinvention. She founded The RealReal in June 2011, bringing luxury consignment online and into the modern world with a digital marketplace for authenticated luxury consignment. In … Continued

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