Insight Venture Partners Promotes Ryan Hinkle

Insight Venture Partners has promoted Ryan Hinkle to Managing Director. Hinkle joined the firm in 2003, and has led investments in companies including PluralSight and SmartSheet.

Insight Venture Partners, a leading growth investor in global SaaS-based software, e-Commerce, Internet and data-service companies, is pleased to announce the promotion of Ryan Hinkle to Managing Director. This formalizes the leadership role Ryan has played in the past 24 months and recognizes his contribution to Insight since he joined the firm in 2003.

“Ryan has engaged in a core investment role at Insight over the past decade and will continue to provide outstanding leadership in his new role as a managing director,” said Deven Parekh, managing director at Insight Venture Partners. “He becomes our eleventh managing director and will support the firm’s growth through our next decade.”

Ryan has led investments globally in Internet, e-Commerce, infrastructure and application software companies. His 16 investments to date comprise flexible financing structures in growth equity, leverage buyouts, growth buyouts, and platform roll-ups, while his track record includes three exits: Argus Software (acquired by Altus Group Ltd), Football Fanatics (acquired by GSI Commerce, now eBay) and Punch! Software (acquired by Navarre Corporation).

In 2012, Ryan invested in three companies: Branding Brand (a mobile applications platform for retailers), PluralSight (high-quality online training for hardcore technology developers), and SmartSheet (a SaaS-based project management and collaboration application). These investments join Ryan’s existing investments in AdColony, ECi Solutions and Ozsale, where he is a member of the Board of Directors. Ryan also has worked on sourcing and investing in Chegg, Fanatics, Hayneedle, Kony Solutions, Newegg, Syncsort and Twitter. Ryan works closely with the executives at these companies and has stepped in as deputy CFO on several occasions.

At Insight, Ryan is a key manager of the Analyst program, with responsibility for recruiting, training, and mentoring new team members.

About Insight Venture Partners

Insight Venture Partners is a leading venture capital and private equity firm investing in on-premise and SaaS-based software, e-Commerce, Internet and data-services companies. Founded in 1995, Insight has raised more than $5 billion and made more than 150 investments worldwide. Our mission is to find, fund and work successfully with visionary executives who are driving change in their industries. We provide management with practical, hands-on growth expertise to foster their long-term success and commit to supporting organic and inorganic growth.