Brady Rafuse


“Having been both an Entrepreneur in Residence with Columbia and the CEO of one of their portfolio companies, I can state they have proven to be a valuable partner in terms of industry insight, enthusiasm and understanding for our business. They have a collaborative approach to building companies and my team and I are proud to be part of theirs."

David Northington
Cloud Sherpas


"Columbia advised and supported Cloud Sherpas every step of the way -- from the incubation of the initial investment thesis to multiple acquisitions that formed the platform of our company, plus the exit strategy planning and ultimately the execution of our exit. The continuous support provided to me and our leadership team was an invaluable component of the Cloud Sherpas success story."



Our investment criteria:

  • Target a market in our Focus Areas that is realizing substantial, long-term growth
  • Benefit from an industry leading executive team
  • Generate recurring revenue from asset-based infrastructure model or repeatable revenue from a services-based business model
  • Demonstrate path to revenue scale and either profitability or have a clear plan to minimize the period of subscale, loss-making operations
  • Possess a defensible competitive advantage
  • Have opportunities to enhance market positioning and scale via acquisitions
  • Require an equity investment between $15 to $40 million across the investment lifecycle (larger amounts can also be accommodated)
  • Can grow to an enterprise value north of $200 million



Our ideal management partners:

  • Want a hands-on partner to help build the business from day one
  • Have an existing or future need to augment the management team or Board with proven, industry-specific executives from Columbia’s network
  • Are interested in creating a long term relationship with us and developing multiple successes over a career