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Sep 3, 2021
News & Ideas September 3, 2021 We are pleased to announce that Long Ridge has been selected as one of GrowthCap’s Top 25 Private Equity Firms for Growth Companies of 2021. Over 900 nominees were considered, and GrowthCap selected awardees based on each firm’s approach to growth equity investing as well as their ability to support portfolio companies in achieving scale and creating value. Since our inception, Long Ridge has demonstrated a successful track record of partnering with high-growth technology companies and providing capital, domain expertise, and a unique network of resources to maximize their potential. We are grateful for the world-class entrepreneurs and businesses who have chosen to partner with us and share their vision for accelerated growth, and we are honored to be included in this year’s group of awardees. Read more here . This year’s award follows GrowthCap’s recognition of Long Ridge and its achievements in several of its ranking lists, including, most recently, the Top 25 Software Investors of 2020 . Jim is the Founder and Managing Partner of Long Ridge. He is also a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee. Jim has over 25 years of experience investing in and supporting high-growth companies across the financial and business services sectors. At Long Ridge, Jim leads the overall strategy and direction of the firm, in addition to leading deal teams focused on the sourcing, evaluation, and management of the Firm’s portfolio companies. Over his long career, Jim has partnered with some of the most successful and innovative players in the financial services space and has served as a board member and advisor to numerous public and private companies. Prior to founding Long Ridge, Jim was a Partner at TH Lee Putnam Ventures, a $1.1 billion growth capital firm, where he led the firm’s financial services investment efforts. Before THLPV, Jim served as a Senior Vice President of GE Equity where he led investments in financial services, technology, consumer, and media companies. Prior to joining GE Equity, Jim worked at Lehman Brothers as a Vice President and at Bain & Company as a Consultant. Jim received a B.S. from New York University and an M.B.A. with Honors from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. Portfolio Companies: Kevin joined Long Ridge in 2010 and serves as a Managing Partner and a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee. Kevin leads the overall strategy and direction of the Firm, in addition to managing deal teams focused on the sourcing, evaluation, and management of Long Ridge’s portfolio companies. Over his investing career, Kevin has served on the boards of numerous public and private financial services and business services companies, partnering with visionary managers to build leading companies across a range of sectors. Prior to joining Long Ridge, Kevin was a Vice President with AEA Investors, a private equity firm with over $10 billion of committed capital. Before joining AEA, Kevin was a member of the financial services and business services teams at TH Lee Putnam Ventures, a $1.1 billion growth capital firm. Kevin started his career in McKinsey & Company’s New York office, serving as a consultant to financial institutions. Kevin received a A.B. in Economics with Honors from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Portfolio Companies: Donna joined Long Ridge in 2013 and serves as Partner, Chief Financial Officer, and a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee. At Long Ridge, Donna is responsible for the Firm’s financial operations, including financial reporting, compliance matters, tax preparation, investor relations and internal controls. Prior to joining Long Ridge, Donna worked for five years as CFO and Partner at Alternative Investment Management, LLC (“AIM”), an independent, privately-held investment management firm. While at AIM, Donna served as a member of the Investment Committee, managed all operations functions and implemented their first Operational Due Diligence program. Prior to that, Donna worked for Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, a leading hedge fund, as a Controller/Senior Accountant. While there, Donna focused on the daily & monthly financial reporting for a multi-billion dollar hedge fund that traded in a broad range of products including convertible arbitrage, distressed securities and long/short equities. Prior to Och-Ziff, Donna was an Accounting Manager at International Fund Services (IFS), a State Street Company, and a Senior Mutual Fund Accountant at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. Donna received a B.S. in Accounting with honors from Stockton University. She is a member of Delta Mu Delta, the International Honor Society in Business Administration. Additionally, Donna is a Certified Public Accountant. Partner Angad joined Long Ridge in 2012 and serves as a Partner and a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee. At Long Ridge, Angad leads deal teams focused on all aspects of the Firm’s investments, from origination and due diligence through deal structuring, execution, and post-investment portfolio management. Angad also serves on several portfolio company boards and works closely with Long Ridge’s executive teams to accelerate growth. In addition to his investment responsibilities, Angad enjoys the business-building aspects of growing the Firm, including recruiting and training junior members of the investment team. Prior to joining Long Ridge, Angad was an Associate at Alinda Capital Partners, a leading private equity firm focused on infrastructure investments. At Alinda, Angad primarily invested in the energy and telecom sectors. Angad started his career as a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company, where he worked in the Corporate Finance Group. While at McKinsey, Angad focused on growth strategy projects in the financial services and energy sectors. Angad received a B.A. in Biology with Honors from Haverford College. Portfolio Companies: Andrew joined Long Ridge in 2016 and serves as a Principal. At Long Ridge, Andrew leads deal teams focused on all aspects of the Firm’s investments, from origination and due diligence through deal structuring, execution, and post-investment portfolio management. Andrew also serves on several portfolio company boards and works closely with Long Ridge’s executive teams to accelerate growth. In addition to his investment responsibilities, Andrew oversees the Firm’s sourcing operation and analyst program. Prior to joining Long Ridge, Andrew worked at McKinsey & Company, where he reported directly to the Global Managing Partner and previously was a consultant advising companies in the U.S., Middle East, Latin America, and Africa. Previously, Andrew worked on the Obama Administration’s national security and foreign policy team, as Senior Director for Global Engagement at the White House National Security Council, an advisor at the State Department, and on the Obama-Biden transition team in 2008. Andrew also has experience as an investor at a $25bn hedge fund focused on special situations. Andrew received a B.A. in Political Science summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University, an M.Phil in International Relations from Cambridge University, and an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School. Andrew is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum. Portfolio Companies: Jason joined Long Ridge in 2014 and serves as a Principal. At Long Ridge, Jason leads deal teams focused on all aspects of the Firm’s investments, from origination and due diligence through deal structuring, execution, and post-investment portfolio management. Jason also serves on several portfolio company boards and works closely with Long Ridge’s executive teams to accelerate growth. Prior to joining Long Ridge, Jason worked at Barclays in the Financial Institutions Group, where he advised financial technology and services companies on M&A and capital markets transactions. Jason received a B.S. in Business Management, with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Finance, from Babson College. Portfolio Companies: Doug joined Long Ridge in 2018 and serves as a Vice President. At Long Ridge, Doug leads deal teams focused on all aspects of the Firm’s investments, from origination and due diligence through deal structuring, execution, and post-investment portfolio management. Doug also works closely with Long Ridge’s executive teams to accelerate growth. In addition to his work at Long Ridge, Doug is an Advisory Board member for the FinTech Sandbox, a non-profit accelerator that provides financial data, hosting, and mentoring to FinTech startups. Prior to joining Long Ridge, Doug was with F-Prime Capital, a global venture capital firm affiliated with Fidelity Investments. Doug also previously worked in strategy for Fidelity Investments, product management for Amazon and finance for Flywire. Doug received a B.A. in History with Honors from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Portfolio Companies: Dara joined Long Ridge in 2020 and serves as an Analyst. Dara is actively involved in sourcing new investments and screening prospective opportunities for the Firm. She also works on due diligence for new transactions and with Long Ridge’s portfolio company executive teams. Prior to joining Long Ridge, Dara worked at Chloe Capital, a VC firm that invests in women-led startups, and Harvard Student Agencies, the world’s largest student-run corporation. Dara received a B.A. in Molecular and Cellular Biology with High Honors from Harvard, and is a deferring admit to the Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA program. DIRECTOR OF MARKETING OPERATIONS Annelise joined Long Ridge in 2018 and serves as the Director of Marketing Operations. At Long Ridge, Annelise administers and manages deal origination activities, including the Firm’s CRM and pipeline tracking processes. She also leads marketing, communications, and brand-building efforts for the Firm. Previously, she was a consultant in the Capital Markets Communications practice at FTI Consulting, where she advised clients in the financial services, energy, and industrials sectors on their investor relations programs, including investor days, buy- and sell-side targeting, and quarterly earnings preparation. She also provided event-driven counsel for IPOs and M&A announcements. In addition to her experience in financial communications, Annelise has an interest in K-12 education and education technology, and recently served as a chief of staff at a charter school in Brooklyn, where she managed internal communications and the school’s board and regulatory relationships. Additionally, she co-organized Startup Weekend’s first Chicago EdTech event. She started her career as an investment banking analyst in the healthcare group at Deutsche Bank. Annelise received her B.A. in Economics and a minor in English from Wellesley College. Office Manager & Executive Assistant Victoria joined Long Ridge in 2018 and serves as the Receptionist and Office Assistant. At Long Ridge, Victoria assists the Firm with maintaining the office, creating a positive environment, and handling administrative tasks. Prior to joining Long Ridge, Victoria had extensive experience in administrative roles across various industries, including business, healthcare, education, and hospitality. Victoria has also worked in the entertainment industry, particularly in animation, documentaries, film production, and episodic television. Outside of Long Ridge, Victoria works as a voice actor, specializing in commercial and character work. She also currently attends the Terry Knickerbocker Studio, where she studies the Meisner acting technique. Victoria graduated in three years and received a B.S. in Television-Radio summa cum laude and a minor in Spanish from Ithaca College.