GateBridge Investments is led by John Rodakis,
an experienced private equity investor with a strong background
in technology. Mr. Rodakis' perspective is rare, having been a successful investor in both early stage venture capital and large leveraged buyout transactions. Mr. Rodakis has also spent much of his career as an advisor to companies from garage-based start-ups to large and mid-size companies as both an investment banker, mangement consultant, and angel investor.
Mr. Rodakis was previously with Golden Gate Capital,
a technology focused buyout fund based in San Francisco,
where he was a Principal. At Golden Gate, Mr. Rodakis was the Principal who led Golden Gate's first technology
buyout transaction and still on of its most successful deals - the acquisition of MicroFocus, a $100M revenue software development tools
division from Merant Plc. Mr. Rodakis purchased Microfocus for $35 million in 2001 and oversaw its transition from a corporate division to an independent stand-alone company. Today Microfocus is publicly traded in the UK with a market capitalization in excess of $900 million.
Mr. Rodakis has a long heritage of investing in
and working with technology companies. He was a technology M&A
investment banker with Broadview Associates, the then leading middle
market technology M&A bank. He was also with Bessemer Venture
Partners, one of the most prestigious venture capital firms in
Outside of technology Mr. Rodakis worked with
Cardinal Investment Company of Dallas, TX (now CIC Partners) where he co-led the
buyout of G&L International, an overhead crane company generating
a 5X return in 2 years. He began his career as a consultant at
McKinsey & Company.
These days Mr. Rodakis spends most of his time on autism research
John Rodakis has a B.S. in biology from
Southern Methodist University where he graduated magna cum laude
and Phi Beta Kappa and earned an MBA from Harvard University.