Mainsail hires four

Mainsail Partners has beefed up its team with four new additions. The growth equity firm has added Stephanie Gaufin and Sandy McKinnon to its investment team while Emily Azevedo and Kate Hopkins have joined the operations team.


San Francisco, CA, September 7, 2016 —Mainsail Partners, a growth equity firm that invests exclusively in bootstrapped entrepreneurs, announced today the addition of four senior executives to its team. Stephanie Gaufin and Sandy McKinnon have joined the firm’s investment team, and Emily Azevedo and Kate Hopkins have joined the operations team for the company.

“We’re thrilled to add such talented individuals to our senior team,” said Gavin Turner, Mainsail co-founder and managing partner. “Their experience is ideal for Mainsail and our portfolio companies. Sandy and Stephanie bring years of prior investment experience to Mainsail. Emily and Kate have a long track record of success in providing operational guidance to companies of all sizes. We are fortunate to have them.”

Sandy McKinnon and Stephanie Gaufin will focus on identifying and building relationships with bootstrapped entrepreneurs in Mainsail’s core segments of software, healthcare, and technology-enabled services. McKinnon previously worked at Francisco Partners, where he executed equity capital investments across software and technology-enabled services markets. Prior to Mainsail, Gaufin worked at Altamont Capital Partners, an operationally focused middle market private equity firm, and McKinsey & Company, a leading global management consulting firm.

Emily Azevedo and Kate Hopkins will work with Mainsail’s portfolio companies to recruit talent and execute strategic initiatives. Azevedo will help the leaders of Mainsail’s portfolio companies recruit executive leadership and board members, as well as help companies ramp hiring in areas like engineering and sales. Hopkins will help drive strategic initiatives, including support in product management, sales, marketing and customer success. Prior to Mainsail, Hopkins was a consultant at Bain & Company where she worked in industries including enterprise software and online retail, as well as Bain’s Private Equity Group. Azevedo was formerly an engagement manager at Heidrick & Struggles in the Global Technology & Services Practice. The additions of Azevedo and Hopkins to an already deep bench of operating professionals further demonstrates Mainsail’s commitment to helping bootstrapped companies scale and accelerate growth.

About Mainsail Partners
Mainsail Partners is a growth equity firm that invests exclusively in growing bootstrapped companies, primarily in three core industry sectors: software, technology-enabled services and healthcare. The San Francisco-based firm has a team of experienced operating professionals to help entrepreneurs scale their businesses and accelerate growth. Recent investments include 3PL Central, Brilliant Earth, Ncontracts, nCourt, Netchemia, PlayMaker CRM, SQL Sentry and Zen Planner. The firm has raised more than $750 million in committed capital. For further information, please visit