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Founded in 1983, and managing over $8.8 billion in capital, Accel Partners funds companies from inception through growth stage to build world-class businesses. Accel today invests globally using dedicated teams and market-specific strategies for local geograph... more.
Board of Directors | USForex Foreign Exchange
Ryan leads investments in enterprise software/SaaS, consumer Internet, and financial technology companies for Accel. He was part of the teams that led Accel's investments in Groupon, a global marketplace linking consumers with local merchants, and lynda.com, the leading provider of online videos and instructional training. Ryan is also active with the boards of 99designs, the premier marketplace for crowdsourced graphic design; Atlassian, the leader in software tools for streamlining product development; Braintree, a leading software platform powering online and mobile commerce; LightSpeed, the creator of the leading Apple/Mac-centric retail management platform; OzForex, a global online foreign exchange payments platform; Qualtrics, the leading real-time enterprise research and analytics software platform; and Squarespace, a premier web and mobile publishing platform. Prior to joining Accel, Ryan spent nearly a decade in the Boston area at Summit Partners leading technology growth investments. He started his career at William Blair & Company in Chicago, where he was actively involved in M&A and equity financings for high-growth, middle-market companies. Ryan also spent time in business development at The Mentor Network, a leading behavioral healthcare company headquartered in Massachusetts.
OzForex Company Directors | Oz Forex Foreign Exchange
Ryan Sweeney - Director
Ryan is a Partner at Accel Partners leading growth investments in Financial Technology, Software/SaaS, and Consumer Internet companies. He helped lead Accel's investment in Groupon, a global marketplace linking consumers with local merchants. In addition to OzForex, Ryan is active with the boards of Atlassian, the leader in software tools for streamlining product development; Gameforge, a developer and publisher of massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs); ModCloth, a social commerce company offering goods from independent designers; Showroomprive, an online private sales club, based in France; and Squarespace, a leading web publishing platform. Ryan received a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, graduating magna cum laude in Economics and Finance. He also received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Accel | Our People | Ryan Sweeney Ryan Sweeney Ryan Sweeney Ryan joined Accel in 2009 and focuses on growth investments in software, services, internet and digital media companies. Prior to joining Accel, Ryan spent nearly a decade in the Boston-area at Summit Partners and North Bridge leading growth investments, recapitalizations and debt financings totaling over $750 million. He started his career as an investment banker at William Blair & Company in Chicago, where he was actively involved in M&A and equity financings for high growth, middle-market companies. Ryan also spent time in business development at The Mentor Network, a leading behavioral healthcare company in Boston. Ryan received a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, graduating magna cum laude in Economics and Finance, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. Ryan resides in the Bay Area with his wife and son.
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Term Sheet - Wednesday, April 12 | Fortune.com
Ryan Sweeney, a partner at the firm, isn't worried about an IPO.
"There's no reason to race and try to time the window because it just doesn't matter for them," he says. "Their growth is accelerating. A number of software startups startups focused on marketing and employee engagement-type problems are that haven't figured out a go-to-market strategy are now putting themselves up for sale, according to Sweeney. "For Qualtrics to be there to buy some of these makes sense," he adds. Sweeney says he sees parallels between Qualtrics and Atlassian, another Accel-backed enterprise tech company that bootstrapped itself in its early days and went public amid a difficult IPO market. Both companies faced questions over the size of the markets they operated in when they were starting out. But each proved the markets they address are much bigger than anyone thought, Sweeney says. And both had strong go-to-market strategies. "To be able to scale a business in the hundreds of millions of dollars in the SaaS world, but to be cash flow positive quarter-to-quarter, is not like something we've seen," he says.