Sumit is a technology investor/executive with 20 years of experience in the industry. He is passionate about helping high potential software companies achieve market growth, build operational scale and gather world class teams. He is currently the Board Chairman at Netreo, and Board Member at Appsian and Escape Technologies. Sumit’s recent background includes President at Cleo Communications where he co-led a rapid transformation and 5x growth of the business in 5 years. His prior background includes executive leadership roles at SumTotal Systems; strategic finance including investment banking at GCA Savvian, and venture capital at Visa Ventures; and technical roles including Product Management and Software Engineering at Alvarion, Aperto Networks and Hughes Software Systems. Sumit holds an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Technology in computer science & engineering from IIT-BHU.
Aniket joined Software Growth Partners in October 2018 and has been assisting the firm across all functional areas, including investment opportunity evaluation, detailed due diligence and portfolio management. He is passionate about identifying and investing in high growth-potential software companies, and assisting them to scale and get to the next level. Prior to joining SGP, Aniket worked as an Associate at CSL Capital Management, a lower-middle market focused private equity firm based in Houston, and played an integral role in all phases of the transaction lifecycle. Prior to CSL, he worked for Halliburton as a principal software product engineer for four years and led product development cycles from conceptualization to taking it to market. Aniket holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in India.
Sr. Associate, Business Development
Zach joined SGP in 2021 as VP of Business Development, and is responsible for sourcing new platform investments and portfolio add-on opportunities. Most recently, Zach worked as a Business Development Associate at Leonis Partners, a tech-focused boutique investment bank based in New York City. While at Leonis, Zach was responsible for building relationships with founders and CEOs of SaaS and tech-enabled service businesses, assisting them as they pursued capital raises or M&A activities. Prior to Leonis, Zach started his career at Five Elms Capital, a Growth Equity firm focused on B2B SaaS companies. Zach holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, where he double majored in Marketing and Supply Chain Management.
Neel joined SGP in 2021 as an Associate and is responsible for executing new investment opportunities, implementing post-close transformation and supporting portfolio investments. Prior to SGP, Neel was an investment associate at the Kingfish Group working closely with middle market private equity firms, providing diligence and consulting services. Prior to that, he spent 4+ years at Bloomberg driving product strategy and implementation for Asian markets. Neel completed his B.S. in Finance from Penn State University and holds an MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
As a Founder, Product Manager, Product Marketing Manager and Developer, Ankur has a passion for finding the most interesting problems and solving them. Ankur has not only led but created entirely new categories in the enterprise DevOps and Cloud markets. In his most recent role, he founded Qubeship.io, a SaaS service that automates Docker delivery for the developers. Some of the other top products he has built and/or led include vCloud Air, Cloud Foundry and Mercury Quality Center (SaaS and on-premise). Ankur focuses on the users, business goals and alignment to mission and tracks key metrics to decide when to pivot, pause or persevere. Even though he leads Product teams, he doesn’t shy away from complex technical discussions and strongly follows the lean startup principles in all his ventures. Ankur often speaks at DevOps and Developer conferences such as DevWeek, advises startups and coaches budding leaders as they transition from engineering to product management/marketing. He has also filed for 2 patents (US20170287/86).