Brion Applegate - Since 1994, Brion Applegate has been founder and senior managing director of Spectrum Equity.

Senior Managing Director at Spectrum Equity Investors, LP



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United States

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An executive and financier with more than three decades of experience in private equity, venture capital, and management consulting, Brion Applegate serves as Senior Managing Director of Spectrum Equity Investors, L.P., in Menlo Park, California.

In 1994, Mr. Applegate joined with former TA colleague Bill Collatos to found Spectrum Equity Investors, making substantial investments in the technology, communications, and entertainment industries. Since then, Brion Applegate and the executive management team at Spectrum have turned the company into a recognized name in private equity, with a number of notable successes at firms in the United States and abroad. To read more about Mr. Applegate's professional background and his work at Spectrum, please visit the official company website at

Brion Applegate's Professional Experience

1994 - Present

Spectrum Equity Investors, LP - Senior Managing Director

Founded in 1994, we have raised six investment funds representing $4.7 billion of private equity capital. We seek opportunities in businesses with common economic characteristics: recurring revenue, significant operating leverage, healthy operating margins, strong free cash flow, and franchise customer loyalty. Our investment activity is focused on business services, entertainment, communications, information services, media, and related growth sectors. The companies in which we invest are leaders in their industries, have well-established business models, are run by experienced management teams, and have significant opportunities for future growth either organically, through acquisition, or both. Our investment activity includes private companies, public companies, and divisions of larger companies. We invest, either as a minority or majority investor, providing equity capital in a wide variety of transactions including: Leveraged buyouts, Recapitalizations and dividends, Acquisition financings, Secondary share purchases. We typically invest between $25 million - $100 million per investment and are capable of underwriting much larger equity amounts in conjunction with our limited partners. Our business model and industry focus allows us to respond quickly to opportunities, invest comfortably in a wide variety of investment structures, and provide value to our companies and their management teams as an active member of the board of directors. Our investment professionals operate from offices in Boston, Massachusetts and Menlo Park, California, and we invest across North America and Western Europe.

Brion Applegate's Education and Qualifications


Masters/PostGrad - MBA/Business

Harvard Business School


Bachelor/Degree - Liberal Arts

Colgate University

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