Susan Bihler named to GrowthCap’s Top 40 Under 40
RJ Lumba, Managing Partner
It gives us great pleasure to announce GrowthCap’s list of Top 40 Under 40 Growth Investors. This is our fourth year publishing the list and 2017 presented some of the strongest, most impressive candidates to date. Among the awardees are partners who have risen through the ranks at highly reputable organizations, founders who have started their own growth equity firms, and up and comers who have demonstrated a mastery in growth investment deal making.
Each candidate provided detailed information on their professional background, investment track record, and unique approach to working with portfolio companies, all of which was thoroughly evaluated. In some cases, we were lucky enough to have worked directly with an investor in the past, and in other cases, we received distinct feedback and nominations from their growth investor peers.
Not surprisingly, there are several notable standouts in our 2017 list, including Nehal Raj who leads TPG’s multi-billion-dollar technology investing practice globally to Alex Soltani who embraced a bold approach to deal making when successfully starting his own firm in his late 20s to Dominic Ang who purpose-built a fund to dramatically accelerate portfolio company growth through his proven operating model.
This year we present the list in three categories: Magnates, Pioneers, and Stars. Unlike in years past, we did not assign individual rankings due to the challenge of comparing apples to apples each individual’s unique investment experience. The awardees selected for this list have clearly differentiated themselves from their broader peer set and truly represent the most exceptional professionals in the field of growth investing.
Through deal making prowess, an eye for success, and years of old fashioned hard work, the best investment professionals rise to Partner. The best of the best do so before they turn 40. The Partner title comes with tremendous responsibility, not only to perform consistently, but also to continually refine their approach in order to consistently produce strong returns for limited partners. This year’s Magnates exhibit a mastery in identifying opportunities, influencing key individuals to bring a deal together, optimizing deal structure, and orchestrating a successful exit. They are visionaries, strategists, and statesmen all rolled into one.
Firm: Catalyst Investors
Susan joined Catalyst Investors in 2009 and has since deployed over $200 million of growth capital across 11 investments. Susan primarily focuses on B2B software and mission critical business services companies that operate across a variety of verticals (e.g. HR technology, education technology, healthcare technology). Susan worked heavily on Catalyst’s investment in MindBody (Nasdaq:MB) which was exited for a strong return within the last year. Susan currently sits on the board of Envoy Global, Datavail, and Clinicient.
“I started my career as a lender and was always drawn to high-growth companies. When I moved to Catalyst as an equity investor eight years ago, it became clear that growth stage investing satisfied my conservative lending mentality while providing amazing upside potential for the equity. I focus on B2B technology across various functional and vertical areas with investments that range from business management SaaS for fitness studios to software that simplifies collections for physical therapists. It’s exciting to know that these companies have the potential to change how we live and do business. As a growth equity investor, I am fortunate to partner with incredibly talented entrepreneurs and management teams and I look forward to continuing to help them build great growth companies.” – Susan Bihler, Catalyst Investors