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Our Approach

Norwest’s Growth Equity team invests in profitable, market leading companies that demonstrate exceptional growth potential.  We take a long-term and flexible approach to partnering with founders and executives in both minority and control investments.  Our proven and repeatable research process for finding and evaluating investments allows us to uncover value creation opportunities that others might not see.  We then work collaboratively with management teams to help companies achieve their full potential.  Norwest’s platform includes proprietary strategic resources that give our portfolio companies a distinct advantage over the competition.  Our returns are driven by growth and fundamental improvements to a company’s strategic position.

Growth Equity At a Glance

Investment Focus

Technology, Information Services, Business Services, Financial Services, Consumer Products/Services and Healthcare

Investment Size

Equity checks of $20 million to $100 million

Investment Type

Minority investments, recapitalizations, buyouts, spin-offs, special situations

1010data

Actel

Advanced Fibre Comms.

Appriss

Avetta

Bailey44

Blue Cloud

Capsugel

Clarus Commerce

Cority

Corporate Express

Crossover Health

Dairy Queen

Five Star Finance

GXS

Gymboree

iCardiac

Infutor

Kayak

Kendra Scott Design

Lifetime Fitness

Manta

Nat'l Stock Exch. of India

Occam Networks

PCA Skin

Rackspace

Rainmaker

RetailMeNot

RiverMend Health

Sabre Holdings

Sadbhav

Select Comfort

Shriram City

SideStep

The Learning Experience

The Retail Equation

Thyrocare

Topo Athletic

Turnitin

Wine Access

How We Help

We offer entrepreneurs a broad range of services to help them build their businesses at every stage of growth. We aim to add value where where you need it most.

Meet Our Team

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Robert Arditi

Robert Arditi
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Peter Arkell

Peter Arkell
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Sonya Brown

Sonya Brown
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Alex Caluza

Alex Caluza
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Stew Campbell

Stew Campbell
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Philip Chan

Philip Chan
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Ran Ding

Ran Ding
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Dr. Ryan A. Harris

Dr. Ryan A. Harris
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Jon Kossow

Jon Kossow
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Ryan McDonald

Ryan McDonald
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Joshua Minnick

Joshua Minnick
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Connor Pike

Connor Pike
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Denver Rayburn

Denver Rayburn
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Rohit Singh

Rohit Singh
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David P. Su

David P. Su
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Gary Tang

Gary Tang

Working with Norwest

  • Norwest never hesitates to jump in to help whenever we need it. The firm was instrumental in helping us locate and recruit two independent directors, it facilitated M&A discussions with several tuck-in acquisitions and led a refinancing/debt recap for a more efficient capital structure. The team even originated new product ideas that we ultimately developed and launched, and it has made numerous customer and partner introductions that have lead to meaningful revenue generation. Norwest is a part of our team – something that all entrepreneurs should look for when choosing an investment partner.

    Tom Caporaso, CEO - Clarus Commerce

  • Norwest’s customer-centric mentality blends extremely well with our core values. When we launched a revolutionary new product the team assisted us in thinking through market opportunity and providing feedback on initial product design.  Norwest has also been immensely helpful with  acquisitions – the firm actually sourced several acquisition opportunities via the team’s network, as well as conducted ongoing legal, structure and valuation discussions on live tuck-in acquisitions.

    Tammy Farley, President - The Rainmaker Group

  • We originally met with Norwest when I was trying to raise money to purchase RetailMeNot.com. It wasn’t a small acquisition (>$100M) and it was in an industry that is not well known, with few comps and fewer big successes. Jeff Crowe and Josh Goldman instantly saw what we were trying to do and were incredibly supportive from the start. Both joined our board and have been terrific directors and advisors to our executives.

    Cotter Cunningham, CEO - RetailMeNot

  • The Norwest team starts and ends every conversation by asking how they can be helpful; and they mean it. Whether providing strategic introductions, speaking to key recruits or offering valuable HR advice, I can always count on Norwest to deliver. Being a Norwest portfolio company means something and I believe it provides Manta with an advantage over the competition.

    John Swanciger, CEO - Manta

  • Norwest allows us the room to operate our business as we see fit, while strategically providing guidance when we ask for it. We are very comfortable picking up the phone to pick the team’s brain about any topic, at any time. The firm’s unwavering support and the value-added services Norwest offers have been phenomenal for our business. When we selected Norwest, we hoped that it would be a true partnership, and we have not been disappointed.

    Bruce Barfield, CEO - The Rainmaker Group

Contact Us

525 University Avenue, Suite 800
Palo Alto, CA 94301
650.321.8000

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