Silversmith Capital Partners Expands Advisory Board with Addition of Mike Owens as New Senior Advisor

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Silversmith Capital Partners, a growth equity firm focused on supporting the best entrepreneurs in technology and healthcare, today announced that Mike Owens, Founder and former CEO of Absorb Software, has joined the firm as a Senior Advisor. As an entrepreneur who successfully transitioned a bootstrapped, founder-led Canadian-based company into a scaled global enterprise, Mike will provide strategic support to the Silversmith portfolio and the firm.

“We were fortunate to partner with Mike as Absorb Software’s first institutional investor in 2017, and were so impressed with his leadership as he grew the business into a category-leading company,” said Jim Quagliaroli, Managing Partner of Silversmith. “Under Mike’s direction, Absorb Software more than tripled its ARR to $50+ million, grew its customer base to 1,400 customers in 34 countries, and successfully integrated four accretive acquisitions. We are excited to have him join us as a Senior Advisor. His expertise will be a significant asset to founders and CEOs in the Silversmith portfolio as they look to accelerate their growth.”

Prior to founding Absorb Software, Mike served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces for 24 years. After leaving the military, he found his second career creating education content for corporate employee development programs, which ultimately led him to founding Absorb Software. In May 2021, Absorb was acquired by Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS).

Silversmith has a successful history of investing in Canadian growth companies. In addition to Absorb Software, the firm served as first institutional investor in Vancouver based Apryse (fka PDFTron), led the acquisition of Ontario-based CRMFusion to create the customer data quality platform Validity, and supported numerous portfolio acquisitions. In his role as Senior Advisor, Mike will help the firm with identifying and supporting founder-led software businesses in Canada.

About Silversmith Capital Partners

Founded in 2015, Silversmith Capital Partners is a Boston-based growth equity firm with $3.3 billion of capital under management. Silversmith’s mission is to partner with and support the best entrepreneurs in growing, profitable technology and healthcare companies. Representative investments include ActiveCampaign, Appfire, Apryse, DistroKid,, Iodine Software, LifeStance Health, and Webflow. For more information, including a full list of portfolio investments, visit or follow the firm on LinkedIn.


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