Global, Growth, Technology, Founder-friendly

Hermes Growth Partners is a growth equity firm focused on the technology sector globally. We invest in high-potential companies led by exceptional entrepreneurs.

Our goal is to help each entrepreneur scale and accelerate the growth of their business to create value. We provide extensive operational experience, in-depth sector knowledge and long-term capital.

We invite you to learn more about how we work with our portfolio companies and see how we can partner together.

Where We Invest

Stage of investment

Stage of investment

We back companies with an existing product and a developed technology that are supported by a proven business model. We seek companies that can achieve rapid growth for the next 5-10 years.

Investment size

Investment size

We seek to invest $10m-$20m into companies with enterprise values of $50m-$250m. We are flexible with respect to control versus minority stakes but will only consider situations where there is an opportunity to add value through our active involvement.

Sectors

Sectors

We focus less on specific sectors and more on backing world-class teams. However, we currently expect the following sectors to benefit from significant tailwinds: Mobile, Cloud/SaaS, Data Analytics, Security and Software Defined Networks.

Geographies

Geographies

We are at heart a global firm. We will consider investment opportunities across geographies.

Why Choose Us

As a successful entrepreneur, we know you have many options to choose from. Here are some reasons why we believe we are different:

We have built companies ourselves
  • All of our team members have operating experience
  • We have grown companies successfully, and understand the challenges you face
  • We support our family of portfolio companies, from knowledge sharing to sourcing talent and developing go-to-market strategies
We act as your trusted partner
  • We seek fair outcomes and we win only when our entrepreneurs win
  • We only invest in situations where we believe we can add real value to your business
  • We act as a sounding board and are there for you as a trusted advisor and coach
We have a long-term focus in everything we do
  • We serve the interests of our investors by dedicating our efforts to the long-term success of our portfolio companies
  • We are patient with our capital, allowing you to take the time needed to grow your business
  • We are flexible in the way we structure our involvement

We believe a key factor to our success is the way we behave towards others, not just our knowledge and skills. We value integrity, humility, continuous learning and a service mentality above all else.

Portfolio

  • Virgin Mobile Latin America
  • RingCentral
  • Fuze
  • The Trade Desk

Virgin Mobile Latin America

Virgin Mobile Latin America

Virgin Mobile Latin America (VMLA) is a young-at-heart mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in Latin America. The Company provides a data-centric offer with edgy branding and innovative voice pricing. VMLA is led by an experienced management team and board with a proven track record of success in MVNOs.

Website:
www.virginmobilelatam.com
Sector:
Mobile
Location:
Latin America

"HGP has been instrumental in the growth of our business. The team has worked side-by-side with our local and global management teams on critical strategic and operational issues that have shaped the business."

- Peter Macnee
President & CEO of Virgin Mobile Latin America

RingCentral

RingCentral

RingCentral provides cloud computing-based business phone systems designed for today's mobile and distributed business world. Targeted at small and medium enterprises, RingCentral eliminates the need for expensive and technically complex on-premise legacy phone systems through its SaaS subscription model.

Website:
www.ringcentral.com
Sector:
SaaS, Cloud
Location:
San Mateo, CA

"We have been fortunate to have HGP on our board. We value their flexible approach and appreciate their support as we look to grow internationally."

- Vlad Shmunis
 CEO, Founder and Chairman of the Board of RingCentral

Fuze

Fuze

Fuze (formerly FuzeBox) provides real-time voice, video and content collaboration solutions that allow people to work together more effectively across locations and devices. Leading companies of all sizes rely on its cloud-based technology for flawless presentations, online meetings, marketing webinars, screen sharing and collaboration.

Website:
www.fuze.com
Sector:
SaaS, Cloud
Location:
San Francisco, CA

"We will use the new capital to expand our technology leadership, drive viral freemium adoption, scale global sales and marketing, and build a world-class support organization focused on customer success. I am excited to have Hermes Growth Partners involved given their experience in communications, mobile and international expansion."

- David Obrand
CEO

The Trade Desk

The Trade Desk

The Trade Desk powers the most sophisticated buyers in advertising technology. Founded by the pioneers of real-time bidding, The Trade Desk has become the fastest growing demand-side platform in the industry by offering agencies, aggregators, and their advertisers best-in-class technology to manage display, social, and video advertising campaigns.

Website:
www.thetradedesk.com
Sector:
Ad Tech, Data Analytics
Location:
Ventura, CA

“We found the right partners in the team at Hermes Growth Partners. We are excited to leverage their international experience and operating backgrounds as we look to expand globally and scale our company.”

- Jeff Green
CEO and co-founder


Team

  • Juan Villalonga
  • Bobby Yerramilli-Rao
  • Charlie Newark-French
  • Alex Kayyal

Juan Villalonga

Juan Villalonga is a partner at Hermes Growth Partners. Juan is the former Executive Chairman and CEO of Telefónica Group, where he grew the company’s market capitalization from $12 billion to over $100 billion.

In 2010, the Harvard Business Review ranked Juan as number 33 on the list of the top 100 performing CEOs in the world.

Juan serves on the Boards of Directors of ACIBADEM, Axiata and Virgin Mobile Latin America. He is also a member of the Telefónica Foundation.

Juan is a former partner at McKinsey and Company. He holds an MBA from IESE Barcelona and an LLB from University of Deusto.

  • Most proud of
    The part that I have played in helping others succeed
  • Passions
    Participating in a variety of sports, and enjoying good books and music
  • Two favorite words
    Gratitude
    Dedication
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Bobby Yerramilli-Rao

Bobby Yerramilli-Rao is a partner at Hermes Growth Partners. Bobby was formerly the Corporate Strategy Director and Internet Services Marketing Director of Vodafone Group.

As part of these global roles Bobby was responsible for overall strategy and technology related acquisitions and served on the company’s investment committee.

Bobby serves on the Boards of Directors of RingCentral, FuzeBox and Cambridge Epigenetix.

Bobby is a former research engineer at Marconi and was a partner at McKinsey and Company in New Jersey and Palo Alto. Bobby holds a DPhil in Robotics from the University of Oxford and an MA in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge.

  • Most proud of
    The variety of wonderful people I have met by following the unplanned route
  • Passions
    Mobile devices, tennis, wine and family
  • Two favorite words
    New
    Ideas
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Charlie Newark-French

Charlie Newark-French joined Hermes Growth Partners in 2012. Charlie was formerly with Flurry, a mobile analytics startup based in San Francisco. Before that he worked in Europe with Vodafone Group, in its Internet Services Division.

Charlie began his career with McKinsey and Company, based in the firm’s London office. While at McKinsey and Company, Charlie worked in Austin, New York, and across Europe, predominately with technology and telecommunications companies, helping them solve tough strategic challenges.

Charlie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford.

  • Most proud of
    The people I have met and the places I have traveled
  • Passions
    Traveling, restaurants, skiing, squash, scuba diving and discovering new technology
  • Two favorite words
    Ah (innovation)
    Ha (fun)
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Alex Kayyal

Alex Kayyal joined Hermes Growth Partners in 2013. Previously, he was the founder and CEO of TableZest, an internet startup seeking to introduce dynamic pricing to the restaurant industry. Alex describes the experience as being both humbling and exhilarating.

Alex began his career in investment banking with Merrill Lynch, where he worked on business valuations and exit strategies, including IPOs and strategic M&A. Prior to HGP he also held investing roles evaluating growth stage companies and middle market buyouts. He is currently based in London and has additionally worked in New York, São Paulo, Boston and Madrid.

Alex serves on the Board of Directors of The Trade Desk.

Alex holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics and International Relations from Boston University.

  • Most proud of
    Continuously challenging myself to reach new heights
  • Passions
    Traveling, sports, good food, great company, the Internet and learning
  • Two favorite words
    Start
    Now
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Contact Us

Please address press and other enquiries to the following email address: info@hermesgp.com

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