We Love Building Businesses.

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Uprise is a consultancy and investment firm that helps business leaders launch, scale, and operate their organizations. We’re led by husband-and-wife Malinda and Brian Gagnon, who are both veterans of some of the world’s largest technology and media organizations, including Google, VMWare, Western Digital and, WPP.

Uprise’s services include the core building blocks you need to grow your business: IT services, product management, software engineering, sales enablement, and growth marketing. We’re proud to have been recently acknowledged as one of the top 100 security firms in North America.

We’re your business growth partner. Engagements are flexible depending on your needs. Our engagements range from short-term projects to long-term partnerships. While many of our relationships evolve with the trajectory of our clients’ goals and successes, we are always equal parts strategy, execution, and support.

We’re here to evolve with you from launch to scale and beyond.

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Committed to Doing Great Work for Great People.

We treat people how we want to be treated. It sounds so simple, but sometimes it’s tough to find a partner who truly walks the talk. Our customer testimonials and references will speak to our care for the work, our talented and passionate team members, and our commitment to helping business leaders succeed.

We do this work because we love it. Our leadership has experience working with most of the Fortune 500, and they are excited to apply world-class practices to startups, family-run companies, and small and medium-sized businesses. These organizations are our country’s economic engine, and that drives us every day to help our clients reach their goals.

Malinda Gagnon
"Do good, have fun, and the money will come."  Richard Branson
Malinda has more than 20 years of experience in business strategy and digital communications. At Google, she was a founding team member of the ad technology organization in Cambridge, MA. She was a senior partner at WPP, where she founded and led their consulting organization and the Product Management and Technology group.
She has advised clients such as Procter & Gamble, General Electric, Volkswagen, Allergan, and Walmart, as well as many startups. She’s also a mentor with Techstars and MassChallenge. She’s an avid skier, scuba diver, and yogi.
Brian Gagnon
"Life is either an adventure or nothing."  - Helen Keller
Brian is a technologist with 25 years of experience building, scaling, and optimizing business ecosystems. He served as the head of Global Systems Engineering at HGST/Western Digital and established teams at VMware and Computer Sciences Corporation.
He specializes in data science platforms, data management practices, technical operations, technology infrastructure design, and public/private/hybrid cloud architecture. He is also a mentor with Techstars and MassChallenge. Brian loves to be outdoors scuba diving, hiking, and fishing.
Ashton Johnson
"Starve your distractions, feed your focus." - Daniel Goleman
Ashton is a growth marketer with 12 years of experience building, scaling, and optimizing growth strategies for B2C and B2B companies. She has worked in various industries including retail, IOT, politics and public policy, e-commerce, app development, and startups. Ashton specializes in digital marketing, growth strategies, social media advertising, partnerships, and public relations.
She has served as a marketing advisor to non-profits in her community and currently serves as Chair of the Liberty Leadership Council and as a court-appointed child advocate in Houston, TX.
Director of Business Development
Marcus Hicks
"Those who will not risk cannot win." - John Paul Jones
Marcus is a business strategist with 20 years of experience developing and executing strategies, optimizing business operations, and building successful teams. He has led the design and transformation of processes working with various industries, including internet, oil and energy, retail, and transportation.
He specializes in creating strategies based on unique business needs to increase sales and reduce costs through analytical feedback, competitive intelligence, reduction of waste, increased efficiency, and the removal of bottlenecks. His passion for people and community keeps him involved with local chambers, non-profits, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.

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