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ABOUT GLADE BROOK CAPITAL

Glade Brook Capital Partners LLC is an alternative asset manager investing globally in public and private companies across the technology, media, telecommunications and consumer sectors.

A leading global growth equity firm specializing in internet and software

ABOUT GLADE BROOK CAPITAL

 

Glade Brook is a leading global growth equity firm investing in emerging leaders in the internet and software sectors. The firm partners with entrepreneurs and management teams to accelerate growth and maximize long-term shareholder value, from growth stage through IPO and beyond.

Through deep sector expertise, fundamental research, operating discipline and an extensive network of industry relationships, Glade Brook seeks to catalyze value creation for many of the world’s most promising technology companies.

TEAM

 

Investment Team

Paul Hudson

Founding Partner & Chief Investment Officer

Paul Hudson is the founding partner of Glade Brook Capital Partners, serves as its Chief Investment Officer, and has led all investment efforts since inception. Prior to founding Glade Brook, Mr. Hudson was a Managing Director and Head of the Communications, Media & Entertainment group at Shumway Capital Partners where he also helped launch the firm’s private investing effort. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hudson was an Analyst at Rhombus Capital Management, an Associate at Alterity Partners, and an Analyst at Morgan Stanley & Co. Mr. Hudson earned an A.B. with honors from Georgetown University.

Linda Guo

Partner

Ms. Guo joined Glade Brook in 2016 and focuses on investment research, due diligence and portfolio company value-add. Prior to Glade Brook, Ms. Guo worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse in Hong Kong, where she focused on equity capital markets transactions in the technology sector. Ms. Guo earned a MBA from Stanford University and is a graduate of New York University.

Chun Hei Wong

Partner

Mr. Wong joined Glade Brook in July 2017 as Associate.  At Glade Brook, he focuses on investment research, due diligence and portfolio company value-add.  Previously he was a member of Credit Suisse’s investment banking team in Hong Kong, New York and Singapore, focusing primarily on TMT.  Mr. Wong earned a B.A. degree in Economics from Swarthmore College.

Pallavi Sambasivan

Associate

Ms. Sambasivan joined Glade Brook in June 2021 as an Associate focusing on investment research, evaluating and executing investment opportunities and supporting existing portfolio companies. Prior to joining Glade Brook, Pallavi spent three years in the M&A Investment Banking group at UBS in New York, where she worked on transactions across the technology, consumer, and industrial sectors. Pallavi graduated from NYU’s Stern School of Business with a B.S. in Finance and Global Business and a minor in Computer Science.

Phil Harris

Operating Partner

Mr. Harris joined Glade Brook in 2017 as an Operating Partner. Mr. Harris is currently Founder and Chairman of Topo.ai, a high-growth SaaS platform used by enterprises to manage all of their physical security data to mitigate risk. Prior to joining Glade Brook, Mr. Harris founded a financial services venture in New York City which was acquired by First Horizon (NYSE:  FHN).  Mr. Harris also served as SVP of Corporate Development at priceline.com [priceline.com] prior to starting his own financial services venture. Mr. Harris is an active tech investor and advisor to high-growth SaaS, Internet and blockchain projects that have a possibility of changing the world.  Mr. Harris is a graduate of Ohio State University and MBA from Harvard Business School.

Matthew Crakes

Strategic Advisor

Mr. Crakes Joined Glade Brook in 2017 as a Strategic Advisor where he brings domain expertise in Southeast Asia and technology, media and telecom. Mr. Crakes is the Founder of Canaan Valley Capital Management, where he is focused on investing in public and private companies primarily in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining Glade Brook, Mr. Crakes was a managing director at Shumway Capital Partners, leading the global technology, media and telecommunications and emerging market/Asia teams and a managing director in high-yield cable/telecom research at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Crakes received an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California and a B.S. in finance and economics from Indiana University. Proficient in Mandarin, Mr. Crakes attended graduate school at Fudan University in Shanghai.

Jonathan DiOrio

Operating Partner

Mr. DiOrio joined Glade Brook in 2019 as an active investor and Operating Advisor to a number of technology-based companies across the world. In addition to his active roles with Glade Brook and its portfolio, including serving as Director at Capsule, Mr. DiOrio advises and invests in technology companies across the world. Until recently, Mr. DiOrio served as Chief Business Officer at goPuff where he previously advised the founders for 4 years. Prior to that, Mr. DiOrio was a senior executive at Uber, leading Uber’s FinTech Practice Globally and US Business Development. During his Uber tenure, he also ran Uber’s global partnerships with Travel, Sports & Entertainment companies and helped to scale the 100+ person Uber Business team as one of its earliest members, and worked on Uber’s most important global regulatory and policy initiatives. Mr. DiOrio spent the last two decades in senior roles across a variety of high growth technology companies. Jonathan is an honors graduate of Vanderbilt University.

Blake Helppie

Strategic Advisor

Mr. Helppie joined Glade Brook in 2021 as a Strategic Advisor. Prior to joining Glade Brook, Mr. Helppie started his career at Goldman Sachs where he worked for 6 years in the investment banking division in Germany and in the principal investment area in London. Mr. Helppie is a serial technology entrepreneur in software, e-commerce and real estate, and has built and scaled successful businesses in the US, Brazil and Germany. Mr. Helppie is a graduate of Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.

Billy Chen

Strategic Advisor

Mr. Chen joined Glade Brook in May 2022 as a Strategic Advisor. Prior to joining Glade Brook, Mr. Chen served as a senior operating executive at Finix, based in the Bay Area, overseeing Financial Partnerships. Prior to Finix, Mr. Chen served as director of global payments at Uber and worked in the financial services and treasury teams at Google. Mr. Chen is currently spending time advising and working in operating roles at fintech startups. Mr. Chen brings phenomenal experience in FinTech and payments. Mr. Chen is a graduate of the University of California, Davis.

Business Team

Kyle Daniel

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Daniel serves as Glade Brook’s Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Daniel is responsible for helping lead the Firm’s overall strategy and operations, including operational work flow for the majority of the Firm’s private growth equity investments to date. Mr. Daniel joined Glade Brook pre-launch in 2011, and previously held operations roles at Shumway Capital Partners, Moore Capital Management, and Citigroup. Mr. Daniel is a graduate of Otterbein University.

Nick Rossi

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Rossi joined Glade Brook in 2017 as Chief Financial Officer and leads the Firm’s finance efforts. Prior to joining Glade Brook, Mr. Rossi served as the VP of Finance for Thrive Capital, a New York-based venture capital firm where he oversaw all financial operations. Prior to Thrive Capital, Mr. Rossi was Controller of the private equity business at New Mountain Capital and an Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Rossi holds a B.S. and Masters in Accountancy from Villanova University.

Fred Purse

Chief Compliance Officer; Vice President, Accounting

Mr. Purse serves as Glade Brook’s Chief Compliance Officer and Vice President, Accounting, focusing on compliance, accounting and operations. Mr. Purse joined Glade Brook in 2015 as Assistant Controller. Prior to joining Glade Brook, Mr. Purse was at Ernst & Young LLP where he served as an Audit Manager in the Financial Services Office. Mr. Purse earned a B.S. in accounting and finance and a M.S. in accounting from Syracuse University and is a licensed CPA in Connecticut.

Hallie Ross

Vice President, Investor Relations

Ms. Ross is Vice President of Investor Relations and manages Glade Brook’s client service efforts while working closely with the broader business team. Ms. Ross joined Glade Brook pre-launch in 2011 as a Research Associate. Prior to joining Glade Brook, Ms. Ross was at Shumway Capital Partners where she served as a Research Assistant. Previously she worked at ICR as an Investor Relations Associate and earned a B.S. from Fairfield University.

Emily Zaccone

Office Manager & Assistant

Ms. Zaccone joined Glade Brook in October 2021 as Office Manager and Assistant, providing support to the entire Glade Brook team. Prior to joining Glade Brook, Ms. Zaccone was at Carmody Torrance Sandak Hennessey LLP where she was the Legal Assistant/Paralegal to the Zoning and Real Estate Department. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut.

PORTFOLIO

 

Through investment experience, thought leadership and industry relationships, Glade Brook has a strong history of identifying big ideas early. We are driven by our passion to deliver strong returns working with some of the most talented management teams and promising companies in the world.

Listed below are many of the private investments Glade Brook has made since inception.

 

*The above list of companies does not include two private investments made prior to 2015. Glade Brook believes that these investments are not reflective of the firm’s private growth equity strategy. Additional information is available upon request.

CAREERS

 

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