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Lawson DeVries joined Grotech Ventures in 2005 and is the Managing General Partner at the firm. He focuses primarily on investment opportunities in enterprise software and tech-enabled services. Lawson currently serves on the boards of Apkudo, Ceros, CrowdStreet, Parallax, RedPoint Global, Sturdy.AI, Sunstone Credit, UrbanBound and Yardstik and is responsible for the firm’s investments in Cerebro, Datasembly, EcoMap Technologies, FOUNT Global and ShipMonk. He has also worked closely with a number of other prior Grotech portfolio companies including TaskEasy (acquired by WorkWave), DirectScale (acquired by Exigo), Perishable Shipping Solutions (acquired by Lineage Logistics), NexGen Storage (acquired by Fusion-io), LogRhythm (acquired by Thoma Bravo), Clarabridge (acquired by Qualtrics), Logi Analytics (acquired by Marlin Equity) BroadSoft (NASDAQ: BSFT; acquired by Cisco), Collective Intellect (acquired by Oracle) and Aztek Networks (acquired by GenBand).
Prior to joining Grotech Ventures, Lawson was in the Institutional Equity Sales division of the Buckingham Research Group, a boutique independent research firm. Previously he was in the Equity Research division at Deutsche Bank where he rolled out coverage on a new division of the Industrials sector that included Caterpillar, Deere and Co. and AGCO. Prior to this, Lawson was in Deutsche Bank’s Health Care group covering Managed Care stocks.
Lawson has a BA in English Literature from Harvard University and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.