We help companies grow.

Capital. Talent. Know How.

Spreading hope and prosperity through entrepreneurism, innovation and education.

Market Needs

Products are cheaper and easier to build than ever before, and product talent is plentiful. Differentiation comes from solving real market needs, not just building interesting products.

Customer Proximity

Something’s wrong when company founders feel the need to uproot from their homes and move to Silicon Valley to be close to their capitalists. Proximity to customers is what matters.

In The Press

GrowthX Founding Partners

  • Andrew Goldner


    Andrew is a Founding Partner of GrowthX. He has been in the technology sector since 1998, based in New York City, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Palo Alto.

    Andrew began his career in technology as a lawyer for the early Internet pioneers in Search (Alta Vista and Yahoo), AdTech (DoubleClick), SaaS (Salesforce) and others while practicing law. He left private practice at Skadden Arps to join DoubleClick leading up to the Google acquisition. Andrew then joined Thomson Financial where he co-founded their financial news business leading to the acquisition of Reuters. At Thomson Reuters, Andrew served as Publisher of Reuters News, where he worked on innovation and design-thinking with nearly 3,000 journalists based in 200 countries worldwide. He then became Co-Founder and Managing Director of the company’s legal media business in Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

    After 6 years in Asia, Andrew returned to the U.S. and returned to helping early-stage companies. In Silicon Valley, Andrew was early at Guidespark, an employee communication SaaS platform, and BrightTalk, a content marketing SaaS platform and professional community. He then co-founded GoodMoney to democratize high-performance, values-based investing. During that “wonderful learning opportunity,” Andrew met his current partners and co-founded GrowthX.

    Andrew is a Kauffman Fellow, Trustee at the Nashville Children’s Theatre, Founding Organizer of Nashville Entrepreneur Week, Regional Board Member of Venture for America, and a proud Mentor at Alchemist Accelerator in Palo Alto, Matter in San Francisco, WeWork in Nashville, and, nationally, at Galvanize. Andrew received his undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati and his law degree from Georgetown University.

  • Sean Sheppard


    Sean is a Founding Partner of GrowthX. Sean has over 20 years of experience bringing new products to market, including as a five-times sales founder. Sean’s deep expertise has been codified into a proprietary market acceleration program and entrepreneurial sales training curriculum.

    In addition to helping dozens of startups find product-market fit and predictable revenue models, Sean helps global multinationals to identify new applications for their existing technology portfolio, bring new products to market with profitable business models, and organize and train self-managing early product-stage sales and marketing teams. Sean’s successful corporate advisory track record includes work for Bridgestone, Canon, Faurecia, and Clariant.

    Sean is a globally recognized sales and marketing thought leader. He was named as One of the Top Sales Influencers You Should Be Following On Social Media, as well as Top 20 Inside Sales Influencers. Sean is a former professional golfer, PGA certified golf instructor, and an active mentor, advisor and guest lecturer at global startup accelerators, innovation conferences, and colleges and universities including Galvanize, Alchemist, GSVLabs and the London Business School.

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  • Will Bunker


    An investor in more than 150 start-ups, Will has made it his life’s mission to help other entrepreneurs succeed in developing successful companies and achieving their goals. His skill and experience in connecting people have allowed him to build a global network of investors and entrepreneurs, all of whom he considers members of his extended family.

    Before co-founding GrowthX, Will raised and led the Silicon Valley Growth Syndicate, a seed-stage MicroVC. Will was also a selling-founder of One-and-Only.com, the largest internet dating site and one of the top 100 sites of the 90s, acquired by Ticketmaster for $47 million dollars and rebranded as Match.com.

    Will began his career working with N.B. Hunt, who sent him on a series of amazing adventures across Russia and Nicaragua, including physically carrying $250K of gold from Managua, Nicaragua to Miami, FL every other week. This increased Will’s risk tolerance to the point that starting an Internet company seemed rational.

  • Max has extensive experience developing and executing go-to-market strategies at the early product-stage across various industries and products. Max’s expertise is helping companies develop the right ideal customer profiles, messaging and strategic approach to build repeatable and scalable revenue generation engines.

    As a founding partner at GrowthX, Max has lead over 50 companies through the Market Acceleration Program methodology. In doing so, Max has sold and delivered early-stage technology to numerous Fortune 500 companies.

    Before joining GrowthX as a Founding Partner, Max build the sales technology stack and lead generation playbook for multiple early stage companies. His experience identifying ideal prospects and constructing sophisticated, multi-step email campaigns resulted in a 3-5X increase in lead generation and overall pipeline development, putting all companies he has worked with on a path to predictable revenue.

Our Core Values

People First

Innovative products, disruptive technology, big ideas, and massive addressable markets all come second. People come first. We are drawn to the human connection. Building and maintaining those relationships far outweighs the returns of any single transaction.

Professional Will

Our professional will fortifies us and drives our resolve to build an enduring company and to be of lasting service to our community.

Exponential Thinking

Take 30 linear steps and you end up 30 meters away; take 30 exponential steps and you end circling the planet 26 times! This is the impact we are trying to make. We want the step that we take together with our community to have an impact that is double the previous generation.

Trust

Trust is the foundation of all of our relationships. We earn trust through each interaction, both interpersonally and as members of a community. We hug elephants because we want to foster an environment of open communications, risk taking, a diversity of perspectives and the willingness to share out.

Respectful and Inclusive

Everyone should have equal opportunity to actively contribute and participate to their fullest potential. We take everyone seriously. We are aware of the pitfalls of an echo chamber. We listen respectfully and challenge disrespectful behaviors.

Gratefulness

We treat every interaction as an opportunity. Therefore, we are grateful and we express our gratitude. By doing so, we remain mindful of our good fortune. Gratefulness reinforces our other core values and helps us stay true to them, even during challenging times.

Transparency

We are open and obvious with each other and in all of our interactions, and we invite everyone to carefully consider whether we are congruous with their values, beliefs and professional goals. We are building long-term, healthy relationships by consistently communicating not only our decisions, but also our reasoning. In the process, we hope to be helpful. Transparency fosters continuously healthy relationships, even through periods of incongruity.

Humility

We acknowledge that we are owed nothing. Therefore, we are thankful for what we have. We are self-reflective and know our limitations. Humility fosters our growth mindset and helps us to recognize and appreciate that feedback is a gift. We are living in extraordinary times and we are humbled to play a role in each other’s lives and in the success of those we meet.

The GrowthX Collective

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Trends & Insights

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How To

[PODCAST] Investor Connect Interview with Andrew Goldner

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