NEW YORK & SANTA BARBARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lead Edge Capital, a technology-focused growth stage investment fund, today announced the addition of Susie Bihler as its newest investment partner. Her role will focus on identifying growth-stage software and tech-enabled services companies.
Susie brings over a decade of investing experience to the firm. She most recently served as Partner at Catalyst Investors, a NY-based growth-equity firm, where she invested in SaaS, B2B and tech-enabled services businesses. She invested in and worked with Envoy Global, Datavail and LinkSquares, in which she led the Series B for the firm in 2021, as a board observer. Throughout her career, Susie has also served as a board member or observer for numerous high-growth businesses such as eSUB, Ascentis, and MINDBODY.
“This is the most exciting time to be in growth equity. It’s going to take creativity and edge to win in this market and the Lead Edge Capital team has just that,” said Susie Bihler, Partner at Lead Edge Capital. “I’ve seen firsthand how creative and resourceful the team are in their approach to investing and partnering with both teams and entrepreneurs. I’m excited to join and get started.”
An investor in companies such as Toast, Alibaba Group, Delivery Hero, Duo Security, Grafana, Spotify, Benchling, and Wise, LEC invests in growth-stage software, internet, consumer, and tech-enabled service businesses globally. LEC has participated in recent notable funding rounds for companies such as, Well Health, Lean Staffing, LiveView Technologies, LaunchDarkly, ID.me, Material Bank, Copado, SafeSend, Yousign, and more. Since its founding in 2009, the firm has had over 50 exits, with recent liquidity events including Wise (Direct Listing), Amplitude (Direct Listing), FIGS (IPO), Asana (Direct Listing), Bumble (IPO), Toast (IPO), Knixwear (Acq. by Essity) and Signal Sciences (Acq. by Fastly). Most recently, the firm announced a $1.95B Fund VI in April 2022 and is building on that momentum by expanding the team.
“I’ve known Susie for more than a decade and have always been impressed with her hands on approach and ability for discovering companies off the beaten path,” said Mitchell Green, Founder and Managing Partner of Lead Edge Capital. “She brings incredible experience and insight to the Lead Edge team, and we’re thrilled to have her join us.”
LEC boasts a unique Limited Partner (LP) network, which consists of more than 500 accomplished executives and entrepreneurs who have built, run, and invested in some of the world’s most successful companies. Working closely with the firm, LPs leverage their extended networks and deep knowledge bases to assist LEC portfolio companies throughout the investment lifecycle. LPs come from companies including Charles Schwab, Capital One, Disney, NetSuite, Colgate-Palmolive, eBay, Microsoft, Xerox, Unilever, Google, Cisco, Saks, Autodesk, Intuit, ESPN and many more.
About Lead Edge Capital:
Lead Edge Capital is a growth stage investment fund with nearly $5 billion of capital raised since inception, and portfolio companies across the internet, software, consumer, and tech-enabled services sectors – including Alibaba Group, Asana, Bazaarvoice, Benchling, Duo Security, Signal Sciences, Spotify, Toast, and Wise. Lead Edge Capital offers its entrepreneurs flexible capital and extensive domain expertise via its robust Limited Partner Network, a global advisory group of leading executives, entrepreneurs, and dealmakers who have built and run some of the world’s most successful companies. Lead Edge Capital leverages its LPs to connect companies with the customers, partners, talent, and advisors needed to accelerate success. Lead Edge Capital was founded in 2009 and has offices in New York City and Santa Barbara, California.