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HighBar’s investment professionals possess value-oriented investing and advisory experience.

HighBar’s investment professionals possess value-oriented investing and advisory experience with firms such as W Capital Partners, Steelpoint Capital, Franklin Templeton, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, TA Associates, and Barclays.

Our deep technical and operating experience comes from time spent with companies such as Sun Microsystems, Brocade, Zeborg, Symantec, ClariPhy, Scient, Sound United, and Nextel.

John Kim

Co-founder and Managing Partner

John Kim

Co-founder and Managing Partner

Our focus on strategy and operations helps to create self-sustaining businesses that succeed in all economic cycles.

John Kim

Co-founder and Managing Partner

John Kim is a co-founder and Managing Partner of HighBar Partners. Prior to HighBar, Mr. Kim was with W Capital Partners, a private equity fund with over $1 billion under management that makes and acquires direct investments in growth equity technology companies. Mr. Kim joined as the firm’s first employee in 2003. During his time at W Capital, Mr. Kim invested in special situations and secondary direct acquisitions from corporations, financial institutions and general partnerships.

Prior to W Capital, Mr. Kim was Director of Corporate Development at Zeborg (acquired by Emptoris), a venture-backed enterprise software company spun off from The Mitchell Madison Group, where he focused on operations and corporate strategy. He was also Director of Investments at ISL Management, a venture capital firm funded by JPMorgan dedicated to early stage software and financial service investments.

Prior thereto, Mr. Kim was an investment banker with JPMorgan Chase (and its predecessors) and Robertson Stephens, where he worked on complex M&A and leveraged finance transactions across sectors including technology, financial services, healthcare and industrials.

Mr. Kim holds a BS in Economics from The University of Chicago and an MBA, with Honors, from Columbia Business School.

Roy Thiele-Sardiña

Co-founder and Managing Partner

Roy Thiele-Sardiña

Co-founder and Managing Partner

My experience as an entrepreneur guides me when helping our companies grow.

Roy Thiele-Sardiña

Co-founder and Managing Partner

Roy Thiele-Sardiña is a co-founder and Managing Partner of HighBar Partners. Over the last 25 years, he has founded, invested in and held senior management positions at numerous prominent companies in the technology industry.

Prior to HighBar, Mr. Thiele-Sardiña was a Managing Director with Steelpoint Capital (the private equity subsidiary of Moore Capital Management), an operationally-intensive active investor. At Steelpoint, he crafted the firm’s technology investing strategy and led the firm’s efforts in the storage and security sub-sectors. Prior to Steelpoint, Mr. Thiele-Sardiña was an Executive-In-Residence at the Mayfield Fund.

In the mid-90s, Mr. Thiele-Sardiña channeled his investments through HighBAR Ventures, an investment vehicle that he solely managed. Through this investment vehicle, he co-founded and held key management positions at Ingrian Networks (acquired by SafeNet), a leading data privacy provider, Tasmania Networks (acquired by Cisco), a cache proxy company and Brocade Communications Systems (Nasdaq: BRCD), a fibre channel switch company. As the CEO of Ingrian and Tasmania, Roy was principally responsible for hiring management and developing the companies’ product strategies. As the VP of Sales and Business Development at Brocade, Roy managed the company’s channel strategy and negotiated all of Brocade’s OEM agreements.

Prior to Brocade, Mr. Thiele-Sardiña worked at Sun Microsystems for 11 years. At Sun, he created the company’s telecommunications business and grew it to 10% of Sun’s worldwide revenue. He also led Sun’s international (Asia, Japan, Latin America and EMEA) Sales and Business Development teams. Under Mr. Thiele-Sardiña’s leadership, Sun’s international business grew from $180mm to $1.9bn in less than three years. As a member of Sun’s leadership team, while serving the Office of the Chairman, he was responsible for the company’s Corporate Development effort.

Mr. Thiele-Sardiña holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from The Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.

Chris Kitching

Operating Partner

Chris Kitching

Operating Partner

HighBar follows a disciplined and consistent approach with respect to supporting and guiding the operations of its portfolio companies.

Chris Kitching

Operating Partner

Chris Kitching joined HighBar Partners from Sound United and its holding company DEI Holdings, where he served as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to DEI, Mr. Kitching was Chief Financial Officer of ClariPhy Communications, Inc., a communications integrated circuit company based in Irvine, CA.

Mr. Kitching has also worked in the venture capital industry and served on many boards of portfolio companies in the information technology space. He began his career as an integrated circuit design engineer and developed products for Ethernet and power management applications.

Mr. Kitching holds both a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering, Phi Beta Kappa, from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Brian Peters

Managing Director

Brian Peters

Managing Director

Matching a founder’s energy, excitement and commitment toward each investment is what sets HighBar apart.

Brian Peters

Managing Director

Brian Peters joined HighBar Partners from Barclays Capital, where he was an investment banker in the Technology, Media and Telecom group. In that role, he provided companies and financial sponsors with strategic advisory services and assisted them with their capital market needs. Mr. Peters completed more than 20 transactions, raising over $1 billion in capital through equity, debt and hybrid security offerings. Notable advisory mandates included assisting Cisco Systems in the sale of its home networking business unit (“Linksys”) to Belkin International and advising Entropic Communications in its acquisition of Trident Microsystems’ set-top box business unit.

Prior to joining Barclays, Mr. Peters was an Analyst at Rosemount Capital Management, a hedge fund backed by Merrill Lynch, which focused on direct trade-related credit investments in corporate and financial institutions in more developed emerging markets. During his time at Rosemount, Mr. Peters originated, structured, syndicated and traded a diversified portfolio of Latin American trade finance debt obligations.

Prior to his finance career, Mr. Peters was a software developer for Nextel Telecomunicações Ltda. and Evertec, Inc. where he developed .NET web services across sectors including telecom, government, education and financial services.

Mr. Peters holds a BSE in Computer Engineering, with Honors, from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Jayson Yuan

Managing Director

Jayson Yuan

Managing Director

HighBar's operational experience enables us to truly be value-added partners with our management teams.

Jayson Yuan

Managing Director

Jayson Yuan is a Managing Director at HighBar Partners.  Prior to HighBar, Mr. Yuan was Chief Financial Officer at Wishlife, an enterprise software company in the financial technology sector.  He led the finance, sales, and corporate development organizations in all phases of operations from setting shared strategic vision to day-to-day execution. 

Prior to Wishlife, Mr. Yuan was the Head of the Family of Funds operation at CircleUp, a technology-driven investment marketplace that facilitates direct equity investments from individual investors into private consumer and retail companies.  As Managing Director, Mr. Yuan led all principal investing activities for the Company where he created CircleUp's overall fund strategy, raising and managing the Company's first $22M+ fund focused on early-stage, high-growth businesses.  He also established strategic partnerships and contributed to product development.

Prior to CircleUp, Mr. Yuan was a Principal at Francisco Partners, a leading technology focused private equity fund with over $14 billion in capital under management.  At FP, Mr. Yuan spent his time sourcing, identifying, evaluating, and executing investments across a variety of technology sectors including software, hardware, semiconductors, services, and Internet.  He is skilled in both domestic and international investing experience, having executed transactions in the US, Europe, and Israel.  While at FP, Mr. Yuan served on several boards and was actively involved with FP’s investments in Attachmate (merged with Micro Focus), Barracuda Networks (IPO), FrontRange, RedPrairie (sold to New Mountain Capital), Attenti (sold to 3M), and FXSolutions (merged with CityIndex).

Prior to joining FP, Mr. Yuan consulted for McKinsey & Company in a variety of industries such as technology, hospitality & gaming, and non-profits. Previously, Mr. Yuan was an entrepreneur early in his career as an early founder and lead product development manager at OverX, a distributed storage management software company.

Mr. Yuan has a MS degree in Management Science and Engineering and BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University where he was selected as a Mayfield Fellow.

Jonathan Busch

Vice President

Jonathan Busch

Vice President

HighBar’s DNA is partnering with dynamic leaders to help grow successful software companies.

Jonathan Busch

Vice President

Jonathan Busch joined HighBar Partners from TA Associates, a growth-focused private equity firm with $18 billion cumulative capital raised, where he was an Associate in the Technology Group. At TA, Mr. Busch led investment origination, transaction execution and portfolio management in the software vertical, evaluating and executing minority and majority growth recapitalizations, leveraged buyouts and take-private transactions. In that role, Mr. Busch completed two new platform investments in addition to several add-on acquisitions, divestitures and debt financings.

Prior to TA, Mr. Busch was an Analyst in the Technology, Media and Telecom Investment Banking group at Credit Suisse. In that role, Mr. Busch analyzed and advised on M&A assignments for a range of corporate clients and financial sponsors across the software, semiconductor, IT services and financial technology verticals. In addition, Mr. Busch completed IPOs and debt financings totaling more than $570 million in capital raised.

Mr. Busch holds an AB in Economics, cum laude, from Harvard University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Palmer Scholar.

Mark Neider

Senior Associate

Mark Neider

Senior Associate

HighBar places a premium on establishing supportive relationships with portfolio companies’ management teams.

Mark Neider

Senior Associate

Mark Neider joined HighBar Partners from Sorenson Capital, a growth-focused investment firm with more than $1 billion in capital under management. As an Associate, Mr. Neider led transaction execution of growth recapitalizations, leveraged buyouts, and add-on acquisitions. Mr. Neider was primarily focused on technology and tech-enabled businesses.

Prior to Sorenson, Mr. Neider was an Analyst in the Investment Banking Group of Goldman Sachs advising clients in Natural Resources industries. In that role, Mr. Neider provided strategic advisory services for companies executing M&A transactions. Mr. Neider also assisted clients in raising more than $4 billion in capital through equity and debt offerings in public and private markets.

Mr. Neider holds a B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. As a graduate student, Mr. Neider worked in Kenya at a renewable-energy start-up.

Olga Dorosh

Associate

Olga Dorosh

Associate

HighBar prides itself on frequent engagement at all layers of the organization.

Olga Dorosh

Associate

Olga Dorosh joined HighBar Partners from Netflix, where she worked in Financial Planning & Analysis, collaborating with the payments cross-functional team on various payment initiatives and helped launch and support local payments in Latin America markets.

Prior to Netflix, Ms. Dorosh worked at JMI Equity, a growth equity firm with $3 billion of capital raised since inception, focused on investing in software and technology-enabled services. At JMI, Ms. Dorosh was responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence, transaction execution, and portfolio management for minority and majority growth investments. Before joining JMI, Ms. Dorosh was an investment banking analyst in the Technology group at Barclays, where she worked on a wide range of financing and M&A transactions across technology verticals.

Ms. Dorosh holds a B.S. in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Accounting, summa cum laude, from Georgetown University.

Lisa Potocsnak

CFO

Lisa Potocsnak

CFO

HighBar is not your typical VC firm, we provide a customized structure to each investment that will promote alliance between investors and management while continuing to strengthen and grow the company.

Lisa Potocsnak

CFO

Lisa Potocsnak joined HighBar Partners with over 20 years finance experience including serving as CFO at both Asset Management Ventures and Prospect Venture Partners. Prior to her CFO roles, Lisa held VP of Finance roles at Khosla Ventures, and previously at Morgenthaler Ventures, where she managed all aspects of accounting, finance, human resources and compliance. Early in her career, Lisa held various finance/accounting roles in technology start-ups and professional service firms.

Lisa holds an Executive MBA from Baldwin Wallace College and a BA in Economics and Business Administration from Muskingum College.

Brenda Kopf

Executive Assistant

Brenda Kopf

Executive Assistant

Brenda Kopf

Executive Assistant

Brenda Kopf joined HighBar Partners from Lattice Engines, where she was an Administrative / Executive Assistant. Prior to Lattice Engines, Ms. Kopf held various office administration and managerial positions at Premier Staffing Inc., Williams-Sonoma, Bayport Plaza LLC, and Sur La Table.

Ms. Kopf attended California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo.