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Expertise Combined with drive and passion.

Uprise Partners employs a team of hard working individuals with a true passion for the industry. Combining industry expertise with the drive and passion for delivering excellent services, all in the Uprise family are ready to hit the ground running for you.

Founders

Malinda Gagnon

General Partner

Malinda is an industry leader in digital communications with nearly 20 years’ experience. At Google, she was a founding team member of the ad technology organization in Cambridge, MA and advised advertising agencies. She spent eight years at WPP/GroupM, the world’s largest media investment organization, where she founded and led a consulting practice advising clients such as Procter & Gamble, General Electric, Volkswagen, Unilever, Land Rover Jaguar, Allergan, Walmart and many others. She went on to found and lead the Product Development & Technology group to expand their technology and services portfolio. She advises on ad tech and martech development, and works with brands on strategic growth initiatives.

Fun Facts: Malinda is also an avid motorcyclist, skier, road-tripper, scuba diver and yogi.

Brian Gagnon

General Partner

Brian is a technologist with more than 20 years experience in building, scaling and optimizing business ecosytems. He served as the Head of Global Systems Engineering at HGST/Western Digital and also established early teams at VMware and Computer Sciences Corporation. He has advised Fortune 500 companies such as J.P. Morgan Chase, CitiGroup, Dell, ADP, NYSE, United Nations and Coca-Cola in their technology strategies. He has also built and led several consulting organizations focused on technology adoption for the latest applications, cloud application integrations and data science platforms. He specializes in data management practices, technical operations, technology infrastructure design, and public/private/hybrid cloud architecture.

Fun Facts: Brian loves the outdoors – skiing, camping, hiking, scuba diving, traveling the world and adventures on his motorcycle.

Lyndsay Merrill

Partner

Lyndsay is focused on all things growth and gets the nuances of how to successfully launch new brands, campaigns, and businesses. She advises clients on how to get the most out of digital and other growth hacks and spends much of her days writing, reviewing, and advising on business plans. Lyndsay is a fierce competitor and loves to build winning teams - she has a passion for building corporate cultures that attract the very best people. When Lyndsay isn’t building business growth plans, she can be found enjoying the outdoors, getting her gym game on, or hitting home runs at the nearest slow pitch game.

Anthony Dirago

Partner

Anthony is focused on understanding and growing our software and development capabilities at Uprise. He has a deep passion for understanding and solving business problems with automation and machine learning and fully leveraging his background in game development and programming. Anthony has helped build brands and companies from idea to execution and loves learning how to help young businesses and old. When Anthony isn’t advising businesses on their software development and product, he can be found on a golf course working on his game or online moonlighting as a professional gamer.

Realizing rapid growth can be hard, we make it easy

Uprise Partners invests in audacious ideas and inspirational founders. We provide the fuel to successfully grow new ventures as well as late stage companies. We aren’t passive investors - we work alongside our clients every step of the way from business creation to successful exit.
We choose our clients carefully to ensure we maximize the value we bring to the table.

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