Escalate Capital Partners

Escalate Capital Partners

Stable, Flexible Collaborative

Mezzanine capital for growth companies

Our Portfolio

  • AtTask
  • bswift
  • HomeAway
  • kareo
  • LDR Medical
  • LiveIntent
  • RetailMeNot
  • RigNet
  • SailPoint
  • Silverpop
  • Virtustream

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Our Mission

Escalate Capital is a leading mezzanine firm focused on investing in high growth later-stage technology companies including SaaS, tech-enabled services, Internet, and healthcare. With over $495 million in cumulative capital commitments, we seek to enable growth while minimizing dilution. As a private debt fund, we offer patient, stable capital tailored to each company’s unique needs. Our investment team has 80+ years of combined experience and has invested more than $2 billion in over 500 companies.

Our Team

  • Larry Bradshaw

    Larry Bradshaw

    Before joining Escalate in 2005, Larry spent three years as an associate in the Healthcare Corporate Finance Group at JP Morgan. In this capacity, Larry was the primary corporate contact and managed all aspects of several M&A assignments in the healthcare services and medical device sectors. Prior to JPMorgan, Larry was a research analyst at Joel Mogy Investment Counsel in Beverly Hills, CA where he was involved with portfolio management and related equity research functions. Larry received a BS from Duke and an MBA from the University of Texas.

  • Ross Cockrell

    Ross Cockrell

    Prior to Escalate, Ross spent 10 years with Austin Ventures where he was a General Partner and focused on investments in software and services. He was responsible for the firm’s investments in Convio, Reactivity, Staktek , iMark, and Whisperwire. Ross spent his early career with Lomas Financial, where he was involved in asset-backed securitization and structured finance. Ross received a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from The University of Texas.

  • Simon James

    Simon James

    Simon manages all facets of Escalate’s finance, administration and reporting functions. Prior to Escalate, Simon accumulated over 20 years of senior management experience in the banking industry. Notable positions include Chief Administrative Officer of Comerica’s Technology and Life Sciences Division, Vice President of Silicon Valley Bank’s Semiconductor Industry lending group and lending roles with Credit Suisse, the Industrial Bank of Japan and the Banque Nationale de Paris. Simon earned a BBA from the University of Washington and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

  • Chris Julich

    Chris Julich

    Prior to joining Escalate in 2008, Chris was Senior Market Manager of RBC Centura Bank’s Knowledge Based Industries Group, which he helped launch in the US in 2001. Prior to RBC, Chris was a Vice President with Comerica Bank’s Technology and Life Sciences Group, and managed Comerica’s Research Triangle, NC office. He was also an Associate with Capital Investment Partners, a boutique investment banking firm that focused on M&A and structured financial transactions for mid-market companies in the Southeast. Chris holds a BA from Wake Forest.

  • Ryan Sanders

    Ryan Sanders

    Ryan joined Escalate Capital Partners in January 2011. Previously he worked as a Business Operations Manager with Comcast Converged Products. Before Comcast, Ryan held various management positions at The University of Texas Golf Club. He was also a founder of Calixus, a venture-backed online media company which was acquired by Media News Group. Ryan received a BS from BYU and an MBA from the University of Texas.

  • Tony Schell

    Tony Schell

    Prior to Escalate, Tony was a Managing Director of the Technology and Life Sciences Division for Comerica Bank and its predecessor, Imperial Bank. Prior to Comerica, he held a variety of corporate finance positions with The Sabre Group and Coopers & Lybrand. Tony began his career as a commercial lender with MBank Dallas (subsequently acquired by Bank One) and First Gibraltar Bank (subsequently acquired by BofA). Tony earned both a BBA and MBA from The University of Texas. Tony is also a member of the Advisory Council at The University of Texas McCombs School of Business, is a CPA and an ISTJ.

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Located in Austin, Texas:
300 W. Sixth Street, Suite 2230
(512) 651-2100