Mainsail Partners Named in Inc.’s 2021 List of Founder-Friendly Investors

Mainsail Partners Named in Inc.’s 2021 List of Founder-Friendly Investors
October 5, 2021 Mainsail Partners

Mainsail Partners, a growth equity firm that invests in fast-growing software companies, was named in Inc.’s 2021 List of Founder-Friendly Investors, honoring the private equity and venture capital firms that they found have the best track record of success backing entrepreneurs. According to Inc., the list recognizes firms that entrepreneurs can trust and collaborate with while receiving the financial support they need to help accelerate growth. Inc. found that all awardees have a successful track record of remaining actively involved in the businesses after their investment. This is the second year that Mainsail has been recognized by Inc. as a founder-friendly investor.

To compile the list, Inc. went straight to the source: entrepreneurs who have sold to private equity. Founders filled out a questionnaire about their experiences partnering with private equity firms and shared data on how their portfolio companies have grown during these partnerships.

The complete Founder-Friendly Investors list can be found here.

About Mainsail Partners
Mainsail Partners is a growth equity firm with offices in Austin and San Francisco that invests exclusively in fast-growing, bootstrapped software companies. The firm has raised over $1.3 billion and invested in more than 50 growing companies since 2003. Mainsail prioritizes investments in B2B software companies with compelling business models in growing markets. The firm’s approach to driving value creation is anchored in a dedicated Operations Team that is purpose-built to help founders scale their businesses and accelerate growth. These women and men include former software company operators who leverage real-world experience, well-established best practices, and a true partnership ethos to support management teams. For more information, visit or follow the firm on LinkedIn.


The 2021 Founder-Friendly Investors recognition presented herein is awarded by Inc., a third-party that is not affiliated with Mainsail Partners or an investor in Mainsail Partners-sponsored vehicles. The recognition was awarded on 10/5/21 for the period 2021. Inc. requested nominees provide them with a certain number of entrepreneur references, and Inc. independently assessed the nominees based on responses to a questionnaire completed by such entrepreneur references. The number of nominees reviewed for this recognition was not disclosed to Mainsail Partners, and therefore, it and the percentage of nominees receiving the recognition, cannot be disclosed herein. Inc.’s recognition is based on its own evaluation and opinion and is not indicative of Mainsail Partners’ future performance and does not reflect the experience of, or any rating by, Mainsail Partners’ investors. Mainsail Partners paid an application fee to participate in this process. The receipt of compensation influences, and is likely to present a potential material conflict of interest, relating to the rating. There can be no assurance that other providers or surveys would reach the same conclusions as the foregoing. For more information regarding this recognition, please see the linked publication.

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