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Sumeru Named to Inc.’s List of 2021 Founder Friendly Investors

This week, Sumeru was included in Inc.’s list of 2021 Founder Friendly Investors – the private equity and venture capital firms with the best track records of successfully backing entrepreneurs.

“Partnering with founders is at the core of what we do,” said Kyle Ryland, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Sumeru. “Our firm focuses on working side-by-side with founders and management teams to help scale great product companies into category leaders. One of our foundational principles is to be operational partners to our portfolio companies as well as financial partners. The operational expertise we provide is a key ingredient that helps founders scale their companies and achieve their dreams. To be recognized for this support is gratifying and rewarding in every sense.”

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About Sumeru Equity Partners:

Sumeru Equity Partners (“SEP”) is a technology-focused growth capital firm that invests $25-200 million in growing enterprise technology companies. SEP has a longstanding history of investing and partnering with founders and management teams to build growth leaders. For more information, please visit

About Inc.

The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community they need to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit

Inc.’s Founder-Friendly Investor list comprises firms identified by our editors or submitted to us through an application process. To confirm those firms’ commitment to investing in entrepreneur-led companies, we gather data on how their portfolio companies have grown and extensively interview entrepreneurs, including those who’ve exited, on their experiences with the firms. On that basis, we produce a proprietary score that determines the private equity, growth equity, and venture capital firms whose missions most significantly support startups and the men and women who found them.

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