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Capital for What's Next

We provide the capital and operational expertise FOUNDERS AND OPERATORS need to accelerate into their next phaseS of growth.

 

About Us

At Turn/River, we believe the new breed of technology and SaaS companies we see today — capital efficient, data-driven, high velocity — requires a new kind of investor. Turn/River was purpose-built for these companies, combining flexible capital with an incredibly deep operational team that helps founders and managers impact their businesses.

This unique operational team is the core of our strategy. Turn/River combines an internal growth-focused agency comprised of SEO, SEM, go-to-market, and recruiting experts with a frontline team that can provide Sales Directors as a Service, Marketing Directors as a Service, and Customer Success Directors as a Service to implement best practices and scale operations as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Turn/River is focused on helping these companies across many formats, whether they be founder-driven, bootstrapped businesses, overlooked divisions of larger companies, or formerly venture-funded companies looking for a new direction. We can help buy out these businesses or spin out these divisions, as well as provide liquidity for founders or former owners and growth capital for acceleration or acquisitions.

How can we help you?

Active Portfolio

NETSPARKER
Netsparker provides a dead-accurate, easy-to-use security scanner for enterprises to automatically find security flaws across thousands of websites, web applications, and web services. Its unique proof-based scanning technology yields industry-leading detection rates with false positive-free results every time.

ACUNETIX
Acunetix offers an automated tool that enables companies to scan their web apps to identify and resolve exploitable vulnerabilities. It includes integrated vulnerability management features to allow the enterprise to comprehensively manage, prioritize, and control vulnerability threats.

HUDDLE
Huddle is an innovative enterprise document collaboration platform that helps over 100,000 teams, enterprises, and government organizations collaborate intelligently.

THINQ
THINQ provides cloud-based, voice-enabled applications for the enterprise and telecommunications industries, with features such as call routing, voice API integrations, and messaging that enhance business communications and reduce costs.

TRAKSTAR
Trakstar is a global performance management company that provides performance appraisal software to help organizations manage feedback, goals, and reviews.

REVIEWSNAP
Reviewsnap is an all-in-one performance management system that manages performance reviews, 360 degree feedback, compensation, and learning content.

RECRUITERBOX
Recruiterbox is an easy-to-use recruiting software and applicant tracking system to help growing companies manage their hiring processes.

MINDFLASH
Mindflash provides a web platform for companies to easily share knowledge and train employees, built to handle any type of content and to facilitate online training courses within minutes.

AIRBRAKE
Airbrake bug tracker is an error reporting application that provides insights into the health of your application and an organized platform to help teams squash bugs faster.

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MAILGUN
Mailgun is the leading transactional email API platform built for developers.

Mailgun was acquired by Thoma Bravo, a leading private equity fund, in 2019. Turn/River retains a minority stake in the business.

TEST IO
test IO is a test management system to implement explorative and test case-based testing in just a few minutes.

Test IO was acquired by EPAM, a software engineering and consulting firm, in 2019.

MAGNUS HEALTH
Magnus Health provides a cloud-based student health record solution designed specifically for use in schools.

Magnus Health was acquired by a school information system in 2019.

SUCURI
Sucuri is the leader in website security with their malware & blacklist removal and CloudProxy Firewall (WAF) product.

Sucuri was acquired by GoDaddy in 2017.

BOOKFRESH
BookFresh is an online scheduling tool for SMBs.

BookFresh was acquired by Square in 2014.

PLUM DISTRICT
Plum District is an e-commerce platform that offers products, activities, and inspiration for all mothers.

Plum District was acquired by nCrowd, a marketing automation business, in 2014.

Team

Dominic Ang - Managing Partner    Dominic is the Founder and Managing Partner of Turn/River Capital. In addition to managing the firm, Dominic also leads the firm’s investment process and led recent investments in Mailgun and Applied Training Systems, as well as prior investments in Sucuri (acquired by GoDaddy) and BookFresh (acquired by Square). Prior to founding Turn/River Capital, Dominic led the buyout and became CEO of My Perfect Sale (later acquired by Sugar, Inc). Prior to that, he was a vice president at Vector Capital and an associate at Advent International. Dominic graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, where he received a B.S. in Business Administration.

Dominic Ang - Managing Partner

Dominic is the Founder and Managing Partner of Turn/River Capital. In addition to managing the firm, Dominic also leads the firm’s investment process and led recent investments in Mailgun and Applied Training Systems, as well as prior investments in Sucuri (acquired by GoDaddy) and BookFresh (acquired by Square). Prior to founding Turn/River Capital, Dominic led the buyout and became CEO of My Perfect Sale (later acquired by Sugar, Inc). Prior to that, he was a vice president at Vector Capital and an associate at Advent International. Dominic graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, where he received a B.S. in Business Administration.

Evan Ginsburg - Partner, COO    Evan serves on the boards of Huddle, Magnus, Mailgun, Applied Training Systems, and Airbrake. He was part of the Turn/River team that led the BookFresh investment. As CEO of BookFresh, he drove significant growth, leading to its successful acquisition by Square in 2014. At Square, Evan led product marketing for Square Appointments (formerly BookFresh). Prior to BookFresh, he spent over a decade in enterprise software sales and sales management.

Evan Ginsburg - Partner, COO

Evan serves on the boards of Huddle, Magnus, Mailgun, Applied Training Systems, and Airbrake. He was part of the Turn/River team that led the BookFresh investment. As CEO of BookFresh, he drove significant growth, leading to its successful acquisition by Square in 2014. At Square, Evan led product marketing for Square Appointments (formerly BookFresh). Prior to BookFresh, he spent over a decade in enterprise software sales and sales management.

Chase Sorgel - Partner, Operations    Chase is focused on driving growth at the Turn/River portfolio companies. He leads the Operations Team that partners with the leadership at portfolio companies to execute and optimize proven growth strategies. Prior to joining Turn/River, Chase spent 11 years building high-performance marketing and sales teams in start-ups and large organizations. At PayPal, he led the global growth team that drove profitable customer acquisition across 100 countries. At the solar start-up RePower, Chase built the marketing and sales engines that generated 6x in revenue growth.

Chase Sorgel - Partner, Operations

Chase is focused on driving growth at the Turn/River portfolio companies. He leads the Operations Team that partners with the leadership at portfolio companies to execute and optimize proven growth strategies. Prior to joining Turn/River, Chase spent 11 years building high-performance marketing and sales teams in start-ups and large organizations. At PayPal, he led the global growth team that drove profitable customer acquisition across 100 countries. At the solar start-up RePower, Chase built the marketing and sales engines that generated 6x in revenue growth.

 
Saied Amiry - Principal, Operations    Saied is focused on driving growth at the Turn/River portfolio companies. Prior to joining Turn/River, Saied led high performing marketing teams at both scaled businesses and growing startups such as LinkedIn, QuinStreet, and Apollo Education Group. At LinkedIn, he led the global marketing team for LinkedIn’s verticalized business lines focused on their Marketing & Sales Solutions business units. At Apollo Education Group, he led customer acquisition, lifecycle marketing, and retention efforts. Saied holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles.

Saied Amiry - Principal, Operations

Saied is focused on driving growth at the Turn/River portfolio companies. Prior to joining Turn/River, Saied led high performing marketing teams at both scaled businesses and growing startups such as LinkedIn, QuinStreet, and Apollo Education Group. At LinkedIn, he led the global marketing team for LinkedIn’s verticalized business lines focused on their Marketing & Sales Solutions business units. At Apollo Education Group, he led customer acquisition, lifecycle marketing, and retention efforts. Saied holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles.

Joanne Yuan - Principal, Investments    Joanne is responsible for sourcing and executing new investments and working strategically with companies post-investment. She led the investment in and sits on the board of Acunetix and Netsparker. She has nearly a decade of experience investing in, scaling, acquiring, and selling enterprise software companies at Hellman & Friedman, Morgan Stanley, and Google. Prior to joining Turn/River, Joanne was an investment partner at Cowboy Ventures, a seed stage venture fund. She has an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated magna cum laude with dual B.S./B.A. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Joanne Yuan - Principal, Investments

Joanne is responsible for sourcing and executing new investments and working strategically with companies post-investment. She led the investment in and sits on the board of Acunetix and Netsparker. She has nearly a decade of experience investing in, scaling, acquiring, and selling enterprise software companies at Hellman & Friedman, Morgan Stanley, and Google. Prior to joining Turn/River, Joanne was an investment partner at Cowboy Ventures, a seed stage venture fund. She has an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated magna cum laude with dual B.S./B.A. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Alvin Ang - VP, Operations    Alvin is responsible for operations, marketing, and retention across the portfolio companies. Before joining the Operations Team, he was part of the Investment Team where he led a number of investments including Netsparker, Recruiterbox, Mailgun, Trakstar, Magnus Health, Test IO, Airbrake, and Reviewsnap. Prior to joining Turn/River, Alvin worked as a programmer and marketer on several projects, ran a small web agency, and was an engineer at Bechtel. Alvin graduated from Purdue University where he received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

Alvin Ang - VP, Operations

Alvin is responsible for operations, marketing, and retention across the portfolio companies. Before joining the Operations Team, he was part of the Investment Team where he led a number of investments including Netsparker, Recruiterbox, Mailgun, Trakstar, Magnus Health, Test IO, Airbrake, and Reviewsnap. Prior to joining Turn/River, Alvin worked as a programmer and marketer on several projects, ran a small web agency, and was an engineer at Bechtel. Alvin graduated from Purdue University where he received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

 
Jeff Kline - VP, Sales    Jeff is responsible for driving revenue and customer success at Turn/River’s portfolio companies. Jeff has over a decade of experience in sales, strategy, and operations. Prior to Turn/River, he built and scaled the sales development function and established sales operations at ThoughtSpot. At Twitter, he led business operations, the team that drove global revenue strategy. Prior to that, he was a management consultant with Bain & Company in San Francisco. Jeff holds an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated summa cum laude from Mississippi State University.

Jeff Kline - VP, Sales

Jeff is responsible for driving revenue and customer success at Turn/River’s portfolio companies. Jeff has over a decade of experience in sales, strategy, and operations. Prior to Turn/River, he built and scaled the sales development function and established sales operations at ThoughtSpot. At Twitter, he led business operations, the team that drove global revenue strategy. Prior to that, he was a management consultant with Bain & Company in San Francisco. Jeff holds an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated summa cum laude from Mississippi State University.

Julie Pellegrini - VP, Finance    Julie is responsible for internal operations at Turn/River. Before joining the firm, Julie spent several years at Makena Capital in multiple roles that spanned accounting and finance, technology, and HR strategy. She also led continuous improvement initiatives across the firm. Prior to Makena, Julie was a Senior Audit Associate in the Investment Management practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Julie received a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University and a M.S. in Accountancy from San Jose State University.

Julie Pellegrini - VP, Finance

Julie is responsible for internal operations at Turn/River. Before joining the firm, Julie spent several years at Makena Capital in multiple roles that spanned accounting and finance, technology, and HR strategy. She also led continuous improvement initiatives across the firm. Prior to Makena, Julie was a Senior Audit Associate in the Investment Management practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Julie received a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University and a M.S. in Accountancy from San Jose State University.

Jarrett Stringfellow - VP, Sales & Customer Success    Jarrett is focused on driving sales and customer retention across the portfolio companies. Jarrett has spent the last 13 years working in a myriad of pre- and post-sales functions on the frontlines and in leadership roles. After building and leading SquareTrade’s Channel Sales Team, Jarrett joined Impact Radius where he led the Account Management Group to deliver best-in-class revenue growth and customer retention.

Jarrett Stringfellow - VP, Sales & Customer Success

Jarrett is focused on driving sales and customer retention across the portfolio companies. Jarrett has spent the last 13 years working in a myriad of pre- and post-sales functions on the frontlines and in leadership roles. After building and leading SquareTrade’s Channel Sales Team, Jarrett joined Impact Radius where he led the Account Management Group to deliver best-in-class revenue growth and customer retention.

 
Jennifer Benson - VP, Customer Success    Jen is focused on driving revenue and customer success at Turn/River’s portfolio companies. Jen has over 20 years of experience in building, operating, and optimizing each phase of the customer journey in both service delivery and software companies. Prior to joining Turn/River, Jen held executive leadership positions in a variety of industries, including network security, content marketing, and supply chain & logistics. At Rapid7, NewsCred, and 3PL Central, she built and led the teams that drove global retention and growth, including account management, professional services, onboarding, and support.

Jennifer Benson - VP, Customer Success

Jen is focused on driving revenue and customer success at Turn/River’s portfolio companies. Jen has over 20 years of experience in building, operating, and optimizing each phase of the customer journey in both service delivery and software companies. Prior to joining Turn/River, Jen held executive leadership positions in a variety of industries, including network security, content marketing, and supply chain & logistics. At Rapid7, NewsCred, and 3PL Central, she built and led the teams that drove global retention and growth, including account management, professional services, onboarding, and support.

Bryan Payne - VP, Investment Development    Bryan is responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investments for the firm. Prior to joining Turn/ River, Bryan was Vice President at SaaS-focused investment bank, Vaquero Capital. Prior to Vaquero, Bryan worked as an attorney for several years. Bryan holds a J.D. from UC-Hastings College of the Law and graduated with dual MPA/BBA degrees in Accounting & Finance from the University of Texas-Austin.

Bryan Payne - VP, Investment Development

Bryan is responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investments for the firm. Prior to joining Turn/ River, Bryan was Vice President at SaaS-focused investment bank, Vaquero Capital. Prior to Vaquero, Bryan worked as an attorney for several years. Bryan holds a J.D. from UC-Hastings College of the Law and graduated with dual MPA/BBA degrees in Accounting & Finance from the University of Texas-Austin.

Taras Naumenko - Director, Customer Success & Retention    Taras is responsible for driving revenue and customer retention across the portfolio by optimizing onboarding, expansion, and renewal strategies. Taras has over a decade of experience in customer success, account management, support, and renewal sales across both high-volume, low-touch and high-touch enterprise models. Prior to joining Turn/River, Taras built a global customer success organization at Campaign Monitor, substantially accelerating revenue growth. Prior to that, he spent over seven years at Atlassian in a variety of post-sale front lines and leadership roles.

Taras Naumenko - Director, Customer Success & Retention

Taras is responsible for driving revenue and customer retention across the portfolio by optimizing onboarding, expansion, and renewal strategies. Taras has over a decade of experience in customer success, account management, support, and renewal sales across both high-volume, low-touch and high-touch enterprise models. Prior to joining Turn/River, Taras built a global customer success organization at Campaign Monitor, substantially accelerating revenue growth. Prior to that, he spent over seven years at Atlassian in a variety of post-sale front lines and leadership roles.

 
Danny Zhang - Director, SEM & Paid Media    Danny manages all paid marketing efforts across the portfolio companies. Prior to joining Turn/River, Danny worked at 3Q Digital, a leading digital marketing agency, driving revenue growth for SaaS clients via paid search, paid social, and CRO testing. Danny has doubled the number of paid leads for Turn/River portfolio companies within 30 days of taking over their accounts. Danny graduated from Purdue University, where he received a B.S. in Economics.

Danny Zhang - Director, SEM & Paid Media

Danny manages all paid marketing efforts across the portfolio companies. Prior to joining Turn/River, Danny worked at 3Q Digital, a leading digital marketing agency, driving revenue growth for SaaS clients via paid search, paid social, and CRO testing. Danny has doubled the number of paid leads for Turn/River portfolio companies within 30 days of taking over their accounts. Danny graduated from Purdue University, where he received a B.S. in Economics.

Micah Fisher-Kirshner - Director, SEO & Content    Micah manages SEO and content across the portfolio companies. He’s been in the SEO field for 10 years having previously worked at Zendesk, Zazzle, Become, and Balsam Brands. Within the industry, he is the president of the San Francisco SEO Meet-up Association BayAreaSearch.org, is an advisor for SEORadar, and is a weekly panelist for Dumb SEO Questions. Micah has a Master’s in Pacific International Affairs from UCSD and a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University.

Micah Fisher-Kirshner - Director, SEO & Content

Micah manages SEO and content across the portfolio companies. He’s been in the SEO field for 10 years having previously worked at Zendesk, Zazzle, Become, and Balsam Brands. Within the industry, he is the president of the San Francisco SEO Meet-up Association BayAreaSearch.org, is an advisor for SEORadar, and is a weekly panelist for Dumb SEO Questions. Micah has a Master’s in Pacific International Affairs from UCSD and a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University.

Rachel Power - Director of Conversion Rate Optimization    Rachel manages conversion rate optimization across the portfolio companies. Prior to joining Turn/River, she was the Director of eCommerce at Balsam Brands where she managed website optimization across multiple consumer brands. She also previously worked at Zazzle and Facebook. Rachel has an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in History from Princeton University, where she graduated summa cum laude.

Rachel Power - Director of Conversion Rate Optimization

Rachel manages conversion rate optimization across the portfolio companies. Prior to joining Turn/River, she was the Director of eCommerce at Balsam Brands where she managed website optimization across multiple consumer brands. She also previously worked at Zazzle and Facebook. Rachel has an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in History from Princeton University, where she graduated summa cum laude.

 
Ben Holloway - Senior Associate, Investments    Ben has worked on Turn/River’s investments in Mailgun, Huddle, Netsparker, Acunetix, Mindflash, and THINQ and is also actively involved with Applied Training Systems. Prior to joining Turn/River, Ben worked at Intuit in a variety of positions including corporate development and product management, and at Morgan Stanley as a private equity analyst. Ben graduated from Hamilton College, where he received a B.A. in Political Economics.

Ben Holloway - Senior Associate, Investments

Ben has worked on Turn/River’s investments in Mailgun, Huddle, Netsparker, Acunetix, Mindflash, and THINQ and is also actively involved with Applied Training Systems. Prior to joining Turn/River, Ben worked at Intuit in a variety of positions including corporate development and product management, and at Morgan Stanley as a private equity analyst. Ben graduated from Hamilton College, where he received a B.A. in Political Economics.

Matt Amico - Senior Associate, Investments    Matt is focused on sourcing, evaluating, and executing investment opportunities for the firm and worked on transactions with Mindflash and THINQ. Before joining Turn/River, Matt worked for hedge fund investment firm SkyBridge Capital, where he held roles in both New York and London. Prior to SkyBridge, Matt worked as an investment banking analyst in the M&A group at Goldman Sachs and as a corporate paralegal at law firm Debevoise & Plimpton. Matt graduated from Tufts University, where he earned a B.A. in Political Science.

Matt Amico - Senior Associate, Investments

Matt is focused on sourcing, evaluating, and executing investment opportunities for the firm and worked on transactions with Mindflash and THINQ. Before joining Turn/River, Matt worked for hedge fund investment firm SkyBridge Capital, where he held roles in both New York and London. Prior to SkyBridge, Matt worked as an investment banking analyst in the M&A group at Goldman Sachs and as a corporate paralegal at law firm Debevoise & Plimpton. Matt graduated from Tufts University, where he earned a B.A. in Political Science.

Christian Bramwell - Manager, Data Science    Christian is focused on data-oriented projects internal to Turn/River and its portfolio companies. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, specializing in satellite design. Prior to joining to Turn/River, Christian worked as a sales engineer in the aerospace & defense industry and created predictive analytic models in his free time.

Christian Bramwell - Manager, Data Science

Christian is focused on data-oriented projects internal to Turn/River and its portfolio companies. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, specializing in satellite design. Prior to joining to Turn/River, Christian worked as a sales engineer in the aerospace & defense industry and created predictive analytic models in his free time.

 
Samir Afzal - Associate, Investments    Samir is focused on sourcing, evaluating, and executing investment opportunities for the firm. Before joining Turn/River, Samir worked as an analyst in the Technology Coverage group at J.P. Morgan. Samir graduated from The University of Southern California, where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration.

Samir Afzal - Associate, Investments

Samir is focused on sourcing, evaluating, and executing investment opportunities for the firm. Before joining Turn/River, Samir worked as an analyst in the Technology Coverage group at J.P. Morgan. Samir graduated from The University of Southern California, where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration.

Maggie Miller - Associate, Investments    Maggie is focused on sourcing, evaluating, and executing new investment opportunities for the firm. Prior to joining Turn/River, she worked in sales and marketing at various Y Combinator-backed startups. Maggie graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Advertising.

Maggie Miller - Associate, Investments

Maggie is focused on sourcing, evaluating, and executing new investment opportunities for the firm. Prior to joining Turn/River, she worked in sales and marketing at various Y Combinator-backed startups. Maggie graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Advertising.

Donny Dailey - Associate, Investments    Donny is focused on sourcing, evaluating, and executing investment opportunities for the firm. Prior to joining Turn/River, he worked as an investment banking analyst in the Technology M&A group at William Blair & Company. Donny graduated with honors from the University of Chicago, where he earned a B.A. in Economics.

Donny Dailey - Associate, Investments

Donny is focused on sourcing, evaluating, and executing investment opportunities for the firm. Prior to joining Turn/River, he worked as an investment banking analyst in the Technology M&A group at William Blair & Company. Donny graduated with honors from the University of Chicago, where he earned a B.A. in Economics.

 
Priya Diwakar - Analyst, Investments    Priya is focused on sourcing new investment opportunities for the firm. Prior to joining Turn/River, she worked in consulting and for various federal government agencies, specializing in technology policy and trade. Priya graduated magna cum laude from American University, where she received a B.A. in International Relations.

Priya Diwakar - Analyst, Investments

Priya is focused on sourcing new investment opportunities for the firm. Prior to joining Turn/River, she worked in consulting and for various federal government agencies, specializing in technology policy and trade. Priya graduated magna cum laude from American University, where she received a B.A. in International Relations.

Kim Kotch - Executive Assistant    Kim manages administrative operations at Turn/River. Before Turn/River, Kim managed Central Florida operations for Oakwood Corporate Housing. Prior to Oakwood, Kim worked in various roles for the Walt Disney Company, including entertainment, character development and leading and assisting in the development of training programs. Kim graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in Criminal Psychology.

Kim Kotch - Executive Assistant

Kim manages administrative operations at Turn/River. Before Turn/River, Kim managed Central Florida operations for Oakwood Corporate Housing. Prior to Oakwood, Kim worked in various roles for the Walt Disney Company, including entertainment, character development and leading and assisting in the development of training programs. Kim graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in Criminal Psychology.

 

Careers

Turn/River and our portfolio companies are growing rapidly, and we’re always looking for smart, diverse, motivated team members to join us in building something impactful. If that’s exciting to you, check out open roles at our firm in investment and operations, as well as across our portfolio.

If there’s a position of interest that you don’t see open today, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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