“It basically was an art before. We’re just starting to scratch it into a science.” – Mr. America’s Cup – Dennis Conner.
Javier’s passion for sailing runs deep. “It’s tough to beat the combination of an experienced crew, working together, leveraging the latest technology to best navigate a complex route with ever-changing winds and currents,” says Javier. “We believe growth investing is on a similar course. We are just starting to scratch the surface of the impact data science will have on this business.”
Helping founder-entrepreneurs effectively navigate uncharted waters to drive growth and build market-leading companies is what fuels Javier. He spent his career coaching founders of bootstrapped businesses on how to achieve high value outcomes. His vision for a data-driven growth equity firm goes beyond traditional capital and coaching, leveraging technology and tech-enabled support resources to support the portfolio. Savant Growth’s proprietary software and services platform pushes the envelope on what even the largest PE firms provide with respect to operational leverage.
The investment model and fund platform for Savant Growth was developed over a 20-year period while Javier led Kennet Partners’ US investment activities. During this time, he focused on working with bootstrapped founders and serial entrepreneur teams to invest and help companies grow from $10 to $100M in revenue. Earlier in his career, Javier ran the West Coast software and services practice for Broadview, a mid-market tech M&A firm that he helped grow from $10M in fee income to almost $300M over a span of 11 years. Before that, he founded a fintech software company and gained international experience in corporate finance and capital markets at Morgan Stanley in New York and London. Javier holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and a BS/BA in Finance and Computer Science from Georgetown University. He speaks fluent Spanish and enjoys working with different cultures. When not at work, Javier enjoys sailing on the San Francisco Bay with colleagues and friends, forever dreaming of how to chart the course between the next great vision and flawless execution.