Experienced Operators.
Performance Playbook Specialists.
Rodeo Region Focused.

Software Growth Equity

Companies That Have Benefitted From our Performance Playbook
1000 +
Executives/SaaS Experts in our Power Network


$3 - 15 MM
Cash Flow Break-Even to Positive
Majority and Minority Growth Equity Investments
Partner with a Team That's Been in Your Shoes

You've invested your time, energy and money into your business and are looking for a partner who can bring it to the next level. Consider a team that has been in your shoes and has a long track record of driving operating results and innovation in the software as a service industry (SaaS).

Targeting Opportunity

Bow River Capital’s Software Growth Equity team provides a time-tested approach to achieving growth through improved go-to-market strategies and operational execution for entrepreneurs who are looking for their first institutional partner. Our investment strategy focuses on vertical software as a service, human capital management SaaS and tech-enabled service businesses that have a solid customer base, a compelling value proposition and durable annual recurring revenue. We conduct most of our company sourcing in the Rodeo Region where our strong network and deep relationships provide a competitive advantage.

Creating Value

Our Performance Playbook

The value of partnering with entrepreneurs who have successfully scaled dozens of software and tech-enabled businesses is that we know what works and, more importantly, what does not. Our time-tested Performance Playbook drives a clear and consistent revenue scaling strategy. The Playbook also provides founders and management teams with a roadmap to our approach of achieving shared vision of success.

Our Power Network for Talent

With decades of experience running software businesses, we’ve developed a proprietary network of executives who we tap to fill crucial roles at our portfolio companies. This extensive network includes C-suite executives, technologists and product experts and sales and marketing professionals.

Our “In the Trenches” Approach

We work with a portfolio company’s management team to understand the company’s total addressable market and develop a strategy to help expand their business. Our team is in the trenches working to fill management gaps, accelerating the build-out of products and technology, and evolving the firm’s sales model and go-to-market plan.

For Founders

As a founder, you’ve invested your time, money and passion into building your business and you want to see it continue to thrive and scale. If you’re looking for a partner who shares your vision and has the ability to bring the resources it takes to win, contact us at

Software Growth Equity Team

John P.  Raeder
John P. Raeder

Managing Director, Software Growth Equity

Steven  Joanis
Steven Joanis

Managing Director, Software Growth Equity

Maitlan E. Cramer
Maitlan E. Cramer

Director, Software Growth Equity

Colin D. Haas
Colin D. Haas

Senior Associate, Software Growth Equity

Sean O'Connell
Sean O'Connell

Associate, Software Growth Equity

Sherry Shibly
Sherry Shibly

Executive Assistant

Current Holdings

Xima Software

AbsenceSoft has one simple goal – to create the best-in-class software for companies to manage FMLA and other leaves of absence, easily, efficiently, compliantly, and cost-effectively. The Company’s proprietary software, AbsenceTracker, provides organizations with the tools to improve productivity, increase compliance and reduce costs.

News & Insights

Bow River Capital’s Software Growth Equity Team Makes Sixth Platform Investment in ProductPlan, a SaaS Market Leader in Product Management Software

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Bow River Capital’s Software Growth Equity Team Makes Strategic Investment in Xima Software

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Bow River Capital Hires Veteran Software Investor and Operating Executive Steven Joanis as Managing Director on its Software Growth Equity Team

Joanis Brings 20+ Years of Executive and Operational CFO Experience to the SGE Team

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Bow River Capital’s Software Growth Equity Fund announced today that it has completed the previously announced transaction to recapitalize AbsenceSoft with Norwest Venture Partners, a leading venture and growth equity investment firm managing more than $9.5 billion in capital. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Bow River Capital’s Software Growth Equity Fund (“Bow River”) today announced that it has completed a majority recapitalization of Xyleme Inc. (“Xyleme”), a market leading content management and creation lifecycle platform for Global 2000 organizations across every major industry vertical. The investment from Bow River Capital will enable the company to invest in initiatives aimed…

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