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Mindgruve Ventures A Private Equity Fund

Accelerating Companies with
Marketing, Tech, Capital & Counsel

Who We Are

A group of experienced investors and operators who are passionate about accelerating companies within large addressable markets.

Chad Robley

Chad Robley

Founder & Managing Partner

Chad has 20+ years of experience as an entrepreneur and CEO building and scaling early-stage businesses into mature, sustainable companies. Currently, he’s the CEO of Mindgruve — a global digital agency — and an investor/advisor to fast-growth companies. Chad is a regular writer and speaker on “Best Practices for Digital Business & Marketing Transformation” and “Performance Marketing Strategies for Dynamic Business Growth.”

James Earwicker

James Earwicker

Managing Director &
Chief Investment Officer

James brings more than 25 years of operations, investment banking, financial management and accounting expertise to his role as Chief Investment Officer of Mindgruve Ventures where he is responsible for leading all finance and accounting operations.

Before joining Mindgruve Ventures, James was a Senior Executive at Wells Fargo Bank for nearly 24 years. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Finance for the School of Business Management at National University and routinely teaches courses in Business Finance, Corporate Valuation and Managerial Accounting. He holds a BA in Physics and English from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA in Finance from San Diego State University.

Mike Hodges

Mike Hodges

Managing Director

For nearly two decades, Mike has worked at the intersection of media, marketing and technology as a CEO, chief strategist and industry thought leader. He’s a successful entrepreneur, having built and sold several startups including an advertising technology company acquired by Google’s DoubleClick. Today, he’s the CEO of Macarta, one of the fastest-growing Amazon agencies in the U.S. Mike is also a speaker on “Marketplace Growth Strategies for Global Brands” and “Amazon Channel Strategies for Revenue Optimization.”

Dan Hellbusch

Dan Hellbusch

Managing Director

Dan is a seasoned marketing and technology executive in the consumer, B2B, healthcare and financial services industries. He is the President & Chief Strategist of Mindgruve, one of the top global digital agencies in the U.S. For more than 15 years, Dan has led strategies for fast-growth companies in a variety of industries from early-stage to Fortune 500 companies in both B2B and B2C sectors.


What We Do

We help entrepreneurs accelerate growth through digital business, marketing and technology transformation.

How We Do It

We leverage our domain experience, industry network, back office infrastructure, marketing and technology teams to accelerate business growth.

What We Invest In

Consumer Product Companies, Media, Technology and eCommerce

How Much We Invest

Our investments range from $100,000 to $1,000,000 depending on the team, market opportunity and growth trajectory. We often co-invest with other private equity and investment groups.

Investment Review

Our investment review committee meets once a month. If you’d like to be considered, please fill out the below form. We will only follow up with companies who meet our investment criteria.

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