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.
Bloomfire, Donuts, Jam City, Tasktop, Veros, Vyopta, Vyze, Worksoft
Bazaarvoice, BetweenMarkets, Complex Media, Credant, Dachis Group, Edgecase, FiveRuns, Hire.com, Innography, Noesis Energy, Permeo, Pluck, Powered, Troux, Virtual Bridges, Vovici
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.
Civitas, Datical, ESO, Itential, Onit, Relatient, Runtitle, Spredfast, Tasktop, Upland (NASDAQ: UPLD), Spiceworks
Active Network, Active Power, Breakingpoint, BuildForge, Explorys, Floodgate, Idera, Lombardi, Metasolv (NASDAQ: MSLV), Mission Critical, Motive, Paymetric, Pentasafe, Sailpoint, SolarWinds, TechREpublic, Vignette, Waveset
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.
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.
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.
In her role as Associate for Elsewhere Partners, Britt is focused on growth stage investments in enterprise software. Prior to joining Elsewhere Partners, Britt spent more than three years at The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset manager with $170 billion of assets under management. As a member of their US Buyout fund management team in Washington D.C., she worked with companies spanning multiple industries, as well as several firm-wide initiatives.
Britt received her MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2017, where she was an active Board Member of the Private Equity & Venture Capital Club and Co-Chaired the 2017 Wharton Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference. Previously, she attended Louisiana State University and received a BS in Accounting. Britt speaks Spanish and has traveled and volunteered extensively in Latin America. She is passionate about animal welfare and rescue and loves to spend her weekends outdoors or watching LSU football.
We’ve got deep roots. Here’s the collective track record of our investors and Operating Advisors.
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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 Vapor.io, 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