The People of Elsewhere.

We've been investing in software companies since the days when client-server was the new-new thing. Together with our accomplished Operating Advisors, we offer the transformational expertise you need to achieve exit readiness.

Chris Pacitti

Current Investments:
Bloomfire, Donuts, Jam City, Tasktop, Veros, Vyopta, Vyze, Worksoft

Previous investments:
Bazaarvoice, BetweenMarkets, Complex Media, Credant, Dachis Group, Edgecase, FiveRuns,, Innography, Noesis Energy, Permeo, Pluck, Powered, Troux, Virtual Bridges, Vovici

Chris Pacitti Chris Pacitti

Founder & Partner

Chris has 22 years of experience as an investor and passionate mentor to software entrepreneurs. He founded Elsewhere Partners after identifying a tremendous unmet opportunity to invest and scale software companies that don’t fit the traditional VC model. He also continues to serve as a general partner at Austin Ventures, the nation’s largest regional venture capital firm, where he co-led technology investing for 16 years.

Prior to joining Austin Ventures, Chris started his venture career in 1995 with TL Ventures, where he was a vice president focusing on early-stage technology investing. Prior to TL Ventures, Chris was co-founder and COO of a technology start-up company that pioneered several industrial applications for a novel oxidizing chemistry.

Chris received his BA in Economics from Johns Hopkins University. He previously served on the Boards of Directors for the Microsoft Venture Capital Advisory group and the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas.

John Thornton

Current Investments:
Civitas, Datical, ESO, Itential, Onit, Relatient, Runtitle, Spredfast, Tasktop, Upland (NASDAQ: UPLD), Spiceworks

Previous investments:
Active Network, Active Power, Breakingpoint, BuildForge, Explorys, Floodgate, Idera, Lombardi, Metasolv (NASDAQ: MSLV), Mission Critical, Motive, Paymetric, Pentasafe, Sailpoint, SolarWinds, TechREpublic, Vignette, Waveset

John Thornton John Thornton


John brings nearly three decades of software investing experience to his role as co-founder and partner at Elsewhere Partners. He also continues to serve as a general partner at Austin Ventures, where he led or co-led technology investing since the late 90s and served as managing partner 2005-2008. Previously, John was with McKinsey & Co., where he served clients in the U.S. and Europe.

John received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and his BA from Trinity University, where he graduated first in his class. He previously served on the Boards of Directors for Ballet Austin, Austin Museum of Art (now Contemporary Austin), and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. He is a founding board member of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas and a former trustee of Trinity University.

John is passionate about the cause of non-profit journalism. In 2008 he founded the Texas Tribune, which won a Peabody Award in 2017 and is now the nation's largest statewide news organization.

Sam Kentor

Sam Kentor Sam Kentor


Before joining the founding team of Elsewhere Partners, Sam worked at JMI Equity, a software-focused growth equity firm. While at JMI, Sam focused on deal origination, due diligence, and value creation across the firm’s portfolio. Spanning multiple sectors within enterprise software, Sam's contribution ranged from originating the investment opportunity to successfully executing growth strategies for a number of JMI's portfolio companies, including automotiveMastermind, Benevity, Higher Logic, Schoology, and Yello. Prior to joining JMI, Sam was a management consultant at Bain & Company.

Sam received his BSBA in Finance and Economics & Strategy from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served in student government and was the fullback on the football team. A rare native Austinite, Sam can be found playing golf, hanging out on the lake, or enjoying Tex-Mex with his wife Liz when he’s not looking for Elsewhere Partner’s next investment.

Sloane Child

Sloane Child Sloane Child


Before joining Elsewhere Partners, Sloane Child was a Business Operations Director at Grovo, a VC-backed e-learning startup based in New York. Prior to Grovo, Sloane was an Associate at General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm. While at General Atlantic, Sloane's primary responsibilities included deal origination, due diligence, and portfolio value creation. Prior to joining General Atlantic, Sloane was an Investment Banking Analyst in Credit Suisse's Oil & Gas group.

Sloane received her BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. Outside of the office, Sloane enjoys eating breakfast tacos, doing yoga, and hanging with her Great Dane, Dwayne.

Nick Stoffregen

Nick Stoffregen Nick Stoffregen

Senior Associate

Prior to joining Elsewhere Partners, Nick was a Senior Associate at Serent Capital, a lower-middle market private equity firm. At Serent, Nick focused on deal origination, due diligence, and value creation initiatives for high growth, vertically-oriented software companies within financial services end markets. Nick also executed several add-on acquisitions while working closely with the executive teams of his portfolio companies, which included Commissions Inc., Mercury Network, and Next Gear Solutions. Prior to Serent, Nick was a management consultant at Bain & Company in Chicago where he primarily helped private equity clients conduct due diligence, define the full potential of the business and drive that value creation post-acquisition.

Nick received his BA in Finance and International Business from Indiana University where he graduated summa cum laude and had the chance to study abroad in India, Russia and Spain. Outside of the office, Nick enjoys exploring Austin’s many natural running trails and traveling with his wife Marissa.

Michael Massad

Michael Massad Michael Massad


Michael Massad joined Elsewhere Partners in 2017 as a Venture Fellow while completing his MBA at the University of Texas, during which time he also interned at Microsoft as a Product Marketing Manager. Prior to business school, Michael was an Associate at Stonelake Capital Partners, a real estate private equity fund. Michael’s primarily responsibilities included investment sourcing, due diligence, and value creation across the portfolio’s investments located in Dallas, Austin, and Houston.

Michael received his BA in Economics, cum laude, from Wake Forest University and his MBA, with honors, from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. Outside of the office, Michael enjoys cooking new recipes for friends and exploring Austin’s live music scene. Michael also serves on the planning committee for Lemonade Day Austin, a community program that teaches today’s youth how to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs through running a lemonade stand.

Meet Our Operating Advisors

Elsewhere By the Numbers.

We’ve got deep roots. Here’s the collective track record of our investors and Operating Advisors.

150+ organizations



100+ IPOs & acquisitions


IPOs & acquisitions

150+ rounds of financing


rounds of financing

1B+ total investment


total investment

Meet the Elsewhere
Operating Advisors.

Our Operating Advisors are at the core of how we are different as a firm. These C-level veterans have built their careers building software companies, and generally serve as our board representatives. We believe we are unique in combining intensive, boots-on-the-ground support with pattern-matching assistance only experienced investors can provide.


Former CEO of SolarWinds, chairman of Idera Software


Former President of Silicon Labs, Former Dazel CEO, Board Member for Tasktop


President and founder of SailPoint Technologies, founder of Waveset (now Sun Microsystems)


President and COO at, former Goldman Sachs technology division partner


Former CEO of The Planet and PentaSafe Technologies


SVP WW sales of SailPoint Technologies, former VP WW sales for Zenprise (now Citrix)


Current CEO and former COO of Idera Software


CFO of SailPoint Technologies, former SVP of operations for Dazel Corporation


CEO and Founder of SailPoint Technologies, Founder and Former President of Waveset Technologies (now Sun Microsystems), Board Member for Vyopta


Chairman and CEO of Upland Software, former chairman and CEO of Perficient


Former COO of GetWellNetwork, Former CMO of Sourcefire (now Cisco), Board Member for Relatient


CMO of AlienVault, former SVP of Marketing for SolarWinds


Former Chief Strategy Officer of Idera Software, former VP of technology and head geek for SolarWinds


Former Head of Business for Asana, Former Chief Product Strategist for SolarWinds, Board Member for Itential


CMO of Pluralsight, former CMO of Domo

"We are thrilled that Elsewhere Partners shares our vision and are beyond excited to work with the Operating Advisors as we embark on the next phase of our journey."
— Ian Bresnahan, President and CEO of Itential
"Elsewhere Partners gets the importance of timing and sequencing, which enables them to be pragmatic and smart about pursuing growth strategies based on where our company is and where our market is."
— Alfredo Ramirez, Co-founder & CEO of Vyopta