Banyan is run by entrepreneurs and works with entrepreneurs who are looking to sell their software businesses. We work with both sellers who are looking to stay on in a management role but seek liquidity and those looking to exit completely. In either case, we know that building a business takes years of hard work and our goal is to continue growing the business for the long-term.
Unlike typical investment firms or other acquirers, our plan isn’t to resell your business down the road. We aim to provide a permanent home for your business and want to continue the legacy of the company’s culture, product and teams that have been built over many years.
We will focus on the long-term growth and success of the business. We plan to hold our businesses forever and will provide the capital to invest in building the company’s products and teams for decades.
Banyan appreciates the strong relationships a privately owned business nurtures with their employees. We are committed to building the best workplaces in the world where employees are treated as long-term partners.
All we focus on is enterprise software businesses. This focus ensures we are well prepared to evaluate your business quickly and execute on growth after the transaction.
Your time is valuable and we will respect it. We work hard to respond to all inquiries within 24 hours and can make acquisition decisions very quickly.
Our structure allows us to be quite flexible. We will work in partnership with you on a structure and post-acquisition role that suits your desires.
We understand the concerns of privately held and family-owned business owners. We are committed to keeping every aspect of our discussions with sellers completely confidential.
Banyan works with owners who have built outstanding software companies that serve distinct vertical markets.
Banyan companies generally fit the following criteria:
Most importantly, we recognize that every software company is unique. Feel free to reach out to us for a quick and confidential discussion regarding whether we might be the right partner for you.
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We understand – selling your business is big a decision. Even if it’s not the right time just yet, we would love to speak with you and open the conversation. We live and breathe software and would be happy to share our expertise on how an exit may look, things to consider before selling, and market valuations. Email or call us and we will respond within 24 hours.
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Owners turn to Banyan because they want their business to continue thriving for long into the future and care deeply about who they partner with in a transition. Banyan’s capital comes from a small group of world-class entrepreneurs, executives and investors. With a family office-like structure, we have the unique ability to provide a “permanent home” for your company while bringing the wisdom and dedication of the group to its continued success. Our team includes:
David is an entrepreneur with experience in operations, M&A, strategy, sales and marketing. His passion for technology and working with small business owners led him to start Banyan Software. After leading growth efforts at VC-backed technology companies and working as a private equity investor, David was CEO at Medicat, the #1 patient health management system in the college market, serving over 4 million students. David is also the founder of Operation Groundswell a social-enterprise in 12 countries with 50 employees. He holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from the University of Toronto.
Max Risen is a software-focused entrepreneurial accountant leading the M&A and finance operations within Banyan Software. Max’s passion for technology, accounting, finance, and small business operations led him to transition from assurance and M&A advisory at Deloitte to a large public acquirer of software companies before joining Banyan. He was responsible for the acquisition and post-merger integrations of vertical market software businesses throughout Canada, US, UK, and Australia. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA, CPA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University.
Daryl Rolley is currently the CEO of Medicat. Prior to this he was the Chief Commercial Officer at PRGX, a global provider of Source to Pay (S2P) services. He was the EVP and Chief Revenue Officer at RealPage, a leading provider of comprehensive property management software solutions. Previously, Daryl was the EVP of Global Sales and Worldwide Field Operations at Ventyx, an ABB company that is a leading supplier of enterprise software and services to the Electricity and Mining sectors. Prior to this, he held several global and international roles for 12 years at Ariba, the leading Procurement and Commerce Network software company. He lived and worked in Asia Pacific and Europe at Ariba and FreeMarkets (acquired by Ariba) and was a part of the leadership team that succeeded in selling Ariba to SAP. Earlier in his career, he was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company Inc. in the US and Brazil. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA in Finance from Wharton.
Jinny is the visionary leader behind vCreative, a leading media technology company that services over 4,300 local Radio, Digital & TV stations, and networks with cloud-based efficiency software solutions for production and promotional workflow. She is inspired by her clients and driven by an infectious passion to improve and expedite media workflow from media buy to on air, online or onsite activations. She lives and works in central Florida with her husband John and enjoys spending time outside of work with her 6 children and grandson.
Susie Hedrick has spent her career solving problems and driving innovation. She brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in sales, strategy, development and operations for premiere media technology companies. She is a passionate and trusted advocate for her customers, priding herself on delivering products that help grow and transform businesses. Prior to joining vCreative, Susie led enterprise sales for WideOrbit, the largest sell-side processor of premium advertising in the world, managing more than $35B in advertising revenue for its clients.
Mark is an entrepreneur with 30 years focused experience in sales, marketing, strategic planning and business development. Mark spent the last 3 years as an executive in residence for BRM Capital where he helped several BRM companies successfully implement their worldwide go to market plan. Mark co-founded Clairmail, the leader in the US in mobile banking software, which successfully sold to Fiserv. Mark also spearheaded companies such as Mindjet and Inso Corporation to dynamic sales growth that created market leadership positions. Mark is a proud graduate of the University of New Hampshire.
Kevin Taweel is CEO of Asurion. Since co-founding Asurion in 1994, the company has grown from a small 40 person operation to become the leading global provider of technology protection products with over 10,000 employees worldwide. Kevin received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2001 and is a faculty member at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches entrepreneurship courses and has served on its management board.
Founder and Managing Director of Housatonic Partners, a private equity fund with over $1 billion in capital under management. Author of best-selling business book, The Outsiders (#1 on Warren Buffett’s recommended reading list, 2012).
CEO of CLEO Communication, a hyper-growth enterprise software company in the managed file transfer space. 15 years of experience as a senior software executive in sales and marketing, business strategy, SaaS, and acquisition integration.
CEO of Lytx (formerly DriveCam) the largest supplier of video telematics safety systems for the trucking industry protecting over 650,000 drivers today. Lytx was acquired in 2016 for $500 million by Chicago-based GTCR. Formerly SVP at ViaSat and CEO of Enerdyne Technologies.
Co-founder and CEO of Blue Ant Media, a media company with operations in Canada, USA, New Zealand and the UK. Co-founded Atlantis Films in 1978 (later Alliance Atlantis) and was Chairman and CEO for almost 30 years.
President and CEO of Integra Partners, a specialty benefits manager providing outsourced claims management software, recently acquired by Tufts Health Plan. The company serves more than 15 million patients nationwide.
Rick Gustafson brings over 20 years of financial management and leadership experience guiding emerging growth technology companies through key growth and transition stages. Most recently he was on the leadership team of ServiceMax, serving as CFO from the initial start-up phase through to a $915 million acquisition by GE Digital.
Co-Founders of Oval Partners. Previously were Managing Directors at Golden Gate Capital, a top performing technology-focused private equity firm with $15 billion in assets under management.
CEO of Progressive Home Care, a Northern California-based home health care agency. Previously, Mr. Weaver held executive positions in marketing and product management for KnowledgeLINK, a venture-backed technology services company.
Drop us a line and we will work hard to respond within 24 hours. All of our conversations with sellers remain strictly confidential.