The principals of Evolution Capital Advisors bring an entrepreneurial spirit and a competency and track record of successfully advising entrepreneurial stage emerging growth technology firms. Deals in this sector require a unique set of services and commitment from their banking advisors. Evolution has structured its business model and processes to position to specifically serve our niche of clients.
Troy Hartzell - Managing Partner [ email ]
Troy Hartzell is Managing Partner and co-founder of Evolution Capital Advisors, a boutique investment bank providing capital formation and strategic advisory services to entrepreneurial stage emerging growth technology firms. Prior to Evolution Capital, Troy was the Head of the Wireless and Communications practice at Cascadia Capital, a national middle market investment bank. At Cascadia, Troy was responsible for managing key strategic relationships with venture and private equity funds and corporate leaders in the IT and communications market. Troy executed, structured, and negotiated corporate finance and M&A transactions. Troy joined Cascadia Capital in 2001, bringing experience as a venture capitalist as well as an entrepreneur. Prior to joining Cascadia Capital, he served with Watershed Capital, a $200 million venture capital fund, where he focused on principal investments in wireless, broadband, and Internet-related companies and led the development of the firm's wireless investment strategy. Previously, Troy was co-founder and CEO of allstudents.com, a venture-backed technology company providing content and services to universities across the country. Troy holds a B.A. in Business Administration with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from the University of Washington.
Kirk Van Alstyne - Managing Partner [ email ]
Kirk Van Alstyne is Managing Partner and co-founder of Evolution Capital Advisors, a boutique investment bank providing capital formation and strategic advisory services to entrepreneurial stage emerging growth technology firms. Prior to Evolution Capital, Kirk was a Managing Director at Cascadia Capital, a national investment bank focused on emerging growth and middle market companies. At Cascadia, Kirk was Head of the IT Infrastructure Practice and also managed Energy Technology opportunities, and was part of the initial team that oversaw firm development from its early formation to a national operation. Kirk managed venture capital and corporate strategic relationships, and sourced, executed, structured, and negotiated private placement and M&A transactions. Kirk joined Cascadia in 1999, bringing more than a decade of expertise in finance, consulting, operations, and sales. Prior to Cascadia Capital, Kirk founded and operated Venture Intelligence, a strategy consulting practice aimed at emerging growth firms, advising technology start-ups in the Internet, wireless, software, and energy sectors. Previously, Kirk held positions in sales and engineering for a multi-national manufacturing firm. Kirk holds a B.S. with Highest Honors in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Washington, with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
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