James started an entrepreneurial career with an e-commerce business out of his college apartment. After selling off the business upon graduation he spent some time in the stock market trading options. Realizing his true interest in the field of growing businesses, he shifted to starting to work with companies at their earliest stages. James, bringing his business and finance experience, saw an opportunity to partner on an equity basis with early-stage product & market-focused founders to launch and scale businesses.
As time grew and the business evolved, James has led various strategic initiatives, whether micro or macro with respect to the firm’s direction. Today, James’ focus lies with leading sales & business development strategies of the firm. As the company continues to evolve, James’ focus sits more and more with overall firm strategy and direction – leading the charge in the development of new revenue streams and market opportunities for continued growth.
John has always had a passion for working with innovative people who want to make a positive impact on the world. This passion led him into fields of politics and governance early in his career, affording him the skills and experience he carries with him to every venture today. He worked in Washington D.C. during which time he collaborated with legislative directors to craft new policies and research new avenues for progress. Shifting to the Massachusetts State House, he further developed his skills in problem-solving and identifying creative solutions to each project on which he worked. This experience in creative problem-solving and working within teams drove John to the venture space. The industry has allowed John to continue discovering passionate people and teams to drive innovation in today's world.
Today, he utilizes his skills in team building and innovative problem-solving, focusing on overseeing business operations and the strategic development efforts of 5th Line Capital.
As 5th Line's chief financial officer, Scott is responsible for working with the executive team to monitor the company's financial strength, strategic direction, and growth initiatives.
Scott is a seasoned finance and accounting executive with significant experience in venture and private equity backed organizations. He has led several exits totaling over $300MM in value, has raised over $100MM in various forms of funding, and brings a network & expertise in the growth-stage technology space.
He brings expertise in guiding companies through periods of accelerated growth, having navigated several successful exits.
Brandon’s experience spans both technology and financial industries; working in both private lending and high-growth tech. He has experience in dealing with company executives to achieve common goals, creating long-term relationships.
His private lending experience afforded him an understanding of growth-stage company financials, how to manage cash and extend runway in between major equity events; while working in technology allowed him to further educate himself on how growth-stage technology companies make decisions and evaluate their resource requirements as they scale. A former professional skier, Brandon understands the value of hard work and determination in achieving one’s goals - making him a great fit within the 5th Line team.
Today, Brandon’s work centers around relationship management within the venture space, between entrepreneurs, C-Suite and other players within the space.
From the start of her career, Taylor has been passionate regarding smooth and manageable growth and expansion, especially when it comes to startups and small businesses. She started her own e-commerce business after graduating college, which provided her with the passion to pursue working for and with other small businesses.
Taylor has supported and worked alongside C-level executives for the last decade and has crafted project management skills in the process.
As an associate at 5th Line, Taylor is responsible for organizing meetings with entrepreneurs, supporting the executive team, deal sourcing, and project management.
Peter brings nearly 30 years of valuable commercial banking, lending and business experience to our firm and clients. Having served both investor-backed and founder-funded companies across various industries & sectors, Peter brings his extensive nationwide network of lenders and service providers to the firm.
Peter started his banking career at Silicon Valley Bank in the early 1990s and has since worked for 5 commercial banks, 4 of which were dedicated to technology and life science companies. His prior banking roles and responsibilities included Compliance, Collateral Examiner, Asset Based Lending – Portfolio Management, Traditional Lending - Business Development, Acquisition Financing and Underwriting.
Throughout his career, Peter has volunteered to help entrepreneurs and their businesses through consulting, industry event panels, trade association committee posts and authoring various pieces of small business content. Peter also serves as an Advisor for other businesses and is an entrepreneur himself.
An experienced senior executive with an exceptionally strong track record in developing strategic plans, reorganizing high tech businesses and building revenues, Tom has been an outstanding leader and contributor throughout his career.
From his early days with KPMG, DEC, Avid Technology and others to his more recent CEO executive leadership roles in the software, wireless networking, SaaS, VoIP, eCDN and related high tech industries, he has made contributions including delivering sharp sales & market share gains, major cost reductions, top-to-bottom reorganizations, successful turnarounds, new product launches and timely mergers & acquisitions that have fostered significant revenue growth and increased shareholder value.
Skilled at managing through complex business challenges, Tom is a high-energy leader with courage, imagination and personal drive.