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Dennis Smith

Founder and Managing Partner

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Prior to establishing Evolution, Richard was a Partner at Alpha Associates, a venture capital and private equity firm where he led investments in software, media and infrastructure companies and was a member of the investment committee overseeing a multi-billion dollar investment program. Previously, he was a founding investor in Sixty-K and NejTV where he held various executive and non-executive roles. He is an investor and board member in category-defining software companies like AVG Technologies, OpenDNS, Cognitive Security, Carbon Black, Security Scorecard, Onapsis, LogPoint, DFLabs, Fortscale and Panaseer.

Dennis has founded and invested in technology companies around the world. As a serial entrepreneur and technology executive, he has held senior roles as managing director, head of marketing and sales, VP of solutions, head of systems and design and VP of business development. Dennis founded and led a technology consultancy focused on the diagnosis and remedying of underperforming IT environments in government, banking and finance, manufacturing and public utilities which he exited to PWC. He is a founding investor in NejTV and Sixty-K where he is chairman of the board and he holds various executive and non-executive roles. He is an investor and board member in category-defining software companies like AVG Technologies, OpenDNS, Cognitive Security, Carbon Black, Security Scorecard, Onapsis, LogPoint, DFLabs, Fortscale and Panaseer.

Dennis holds a B.A. from York University, Toronto and a Tertiary Diploma in Computer Programing from Humber College Institute of Technology, Toronto. He is a member of the advisory board at Endeavour Global.