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Sean Cantwell

Managing Partner

“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



Portfolio Companies

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, Automatiq, Black Kite, Cohora, Creatio, GRAX, hackajob, OneDay, Millions, Tracelink, Zenarate.


Sean's Bio

Sean focuses on investments in software-as-a-service (SaaS) and technology-enabled services businesses. Before 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, focusing 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.


“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.”

Podcast Episodes

Building a Team that Scales with Volition SVP Chris Fahey
How to Manage and Thrive in a Crisis: A Conversation with…
What You Need To Know About Venture Capital And Growth…
Marketing tips to scale your business for success with…
Scaling with an Entrepreneur’s Mindset with Matt Whitteker
Hiring in a Post-Pandemic World – Scaling Success…
The Art and Science of Building and Scaling Customer Success


In the Media

Forbes Council: Four Ways To Make Your Pitch Deck Stand Out Sean Cantwell

Every founder trying to raise capital knows that the fundraising landscape is competitive. I... more

Guest Appearances


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