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Dave Lavinsky

Dave is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of business planning, capital raising, and new venture development, and author of the world's #1 business plan template.

Over the past decade, Dave has guest lectured at top universities, developed over 100 business plans, and has written hundreds of articles on entrepreneurship, business planning and capital-raising. He is also the author of Start At The End: How Companies Can Grow Bigger and Faster By Reversing Their Business Plan, published by Wiley in November 2012.

You can read some of Dave's articles on his blog and in Growthink's Business Plan Writing Help Center. On his blog you can also listen to numerous interviews that Dave has conducted with prominent venture capitalists such as Guy Kawasaki and Brad Feld, and prominent angel investors like John Morris, former Chairman of Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel investor network in the country.

Dave also launched and runs Growthink University, which is the leading community for entrepreneurs and business owners to learn how to raise capital. Members of Growthink University have access to all the insider capital raising secrets that Dave has developed over the past decade.

Dave walks the talk. He is a successful serial entrepreneur, having started and exited multiple Internet and product-focused ventures, including Emerge Juice and Nutrition Systems - a wellness products developer and distributor; Shoutmouth - a niche music -focused social networking site; Z Reporter LLC - owner of over 3,000 niche-focused information websites; and TopPayingKeywords - a Search Engine Marketing & Optimization research data firm.

Dave is a past board member of the Los Angeles Regional Technology Alliance and a winner of the Anderson School at UCLA's Knapp New Venture Competition.

As a co-founder of Growthink, Dave has managed more than 150 client engagements across all of Growthink's practice areas. He particularly enjoys helping early stage companies prepare for significant growth as he has done with Dakim, Sandel Medical, XCom Wireless and numerous other businesses. Dave also conducted the market research and wrote the initial business plan for KeySpan Energy Services, now part of National Grid, which grew from zero to over $1 billion in revenues in less than three years.

Prior to Growthink, Dave gained professional management consulting, marketing consulting and market research experience with FIND/SVP (now Guideline), BPA International and The NPD Group.

Dave has an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia. He lives in New York with his wife and two children.

Theodore J. van de Kamp

Theodore J. van de Kamp has over 20 years experience at the senior management level in new product development, strategic/market planning, communications and corporate imaging. Prior to founding his own consultancy in 1991, Ted was Vice President and Venture Manager, Marketing Corporation of America, Vice President Marketing & Sales (Acting COO) Pantone, Inc., Director of Advertising Maybelline Cosmetics and Marketing Director of the Product Development Workshop at the Interpublic Group of Companies. Ted graduated from Georgetown University with honors in Philosophy and Economics and received his MBA Degree from Columbia University. He was an Invasion Planning Officer in the US Navy. 

Chris Johnson

As a revenue growth executive and strategist, Chris has experience in general management, product innovation, business development, and equity & debt fundraising. Chris began his career as an investment banking analyst at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette where he executed over $4 billion of middle market mergers & acquisitions and financing transactions. After business school, Chris gained buy side experience as an executive at three holding companies. At media holding company Fluid Media, he worked with a small team to complete the LBO rollup of the in-store media industry. The leveraged buyouts of the industry leaders, including Muzak and DMX, helped transform Fluid Media from a private entity with $4 million in revenues into Mood Media, the publicly traded, global in-store media #1 market leader with $500 million in revenues and $120 million in EBITDA.

In addition to deal sourcing and execution, Chris’ responsibilities as an executive at the holding companies included creating, staffing, and leading subsidiary companies to target specific market opportunities and working with the management teams of acquired companies to boost revenue growth and to rationalize operations.

In his 10 years of operating experience in Fortune 500, middle market, and early stage environments, Chris has collaborated with engineers to create new products, led 18 product launches, and driven over $800 million in revenue growth in the media, consumer products, technology, and healthcare industries.

Chris has a BA in economics from Columbia University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Jeff Jones

"The ideas and innovation we encounter daily at Growthink are not only interesting but also inspiring. Working with and assisting entrepreneurs provides a unique and challenging experience - you never know what you're going to get. It truly is exciting and rewarding work!"

Growthink's Vice President, Jeff Jones, has an extensive background in corporate finance and financial services, with an emphasis on assisting emerging and middle market companies with debt and growth financing.

During his 10 year tenure at Growthink, Jeff has led more than 300 client engagements spanning industries including IT, healthcare, financial services, mobile, real estate, consumer products, and media/entertainment.

Past and current clients include NEC Corporation, Hooters Restaurants, Wilson Supply (a division of Smith International), The K&D Group, University Chemists, DecisionStep (, mobileStorm, Cognitec Systems, NuORDER, PermaCity, Terex Corporation, and a variety of startup and early stage ventures.

Previously Jeff worked at Morgan Stanley, where he assisted in the management of a $300 million individual and institutional investor asset base.

Jeff earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Economics and Accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Per Larson

Per brings 20+ years of operating experience in emerging and mid-market growth companies as a principal and consultant to his role at Growthink. Involved with the company since 2005, he has served as both COO of the firm as well as an Engagement Partner.  As one of the company's most senior consultants, Per has worked with innumerable clients to develop winning business models, create financing and go to market strategies, refine operational structure, and raise capital.

Prior to Growthink he was with QuantumShift (funded by Mayfield, Thomas Weisel Partners, and TPG) where he led operations strategy engagements focusing on telecommunications and cost-containment. Engagement clients included Micromuse, Del Monte, Critical Path, Scient, Sanrio, and Business Objects.

Per’s experience also includes founding companies in outsourced municipal services, online publishing and content aggregation, and web services.

Per earned his MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and his B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Cornell University. While at Ross, he was a member of the Wolverine Fund, where seed investments he led in medical devices and nanotechnology have subsequently raised over $75 million in additional funding and are on track for significant exits. In his 'spare' time, Per has also found himself playing professional football in Europe, attempting tango and sitting on non-profit boards.

Stephen Lehtonen

“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite”

                                                                                                     William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

Stephen is a consultant and entrepreneur with 13 years of experience in private sector and nonprofit ventures.  He comes to Growthink from Integreon where he managed the Southern California region for their research division.  Before joining Integreon, Stephen worked at Gallup, where he served as a learning and development consultant.  There, he helped managers translate organizational behavior research into practical actions that drove business results.  He has started and run a consulting firm that focused on strategy, marketing and learning and development needs for nonprofit and early-stage companies in New York.  He also founded a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles.

Notable Client Engagements:

·       Led a mobile application market scan for a $33B media company, providing key insights to the research and product development team.  The analysis supported the go/no-go decision on a branded mobile application for TV viewers

·       Helped a retail company grow business by 3x over targeted period, launching new products and supporting multi-store growth

·       Supported a purchase process mapping study for a $5B SaaS company.  Interviewed 10-15 CTOs to understand buying behavior for SaaS products and customer support plans

Stephen has an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BA from the University of California at San Diego.

Gavin Lurie

Gavin comes to Growthink with 10+ years in strategic planning, business development, and general management/operations concentrating primarily in the media, entertainment, sports and technology industries.  

His wide-ranging background, from working at large multi-national corporations to co-founding multiple startups, provides Growthink clients a deep skill set and the ability to seamlessly blend both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of any client assignment.

At Growthink, Gavin has engaged in a variety of projects spanning growth strategy, business plan development, venture fundraising, and market messaging.

Gavin is a proud double-Bruin, earning an MBA from UCLA Anderson and graduating from UCLA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.


Tim Martinez

Tim Martinez brings to Growthink over fifteen years of experience in helping to build and grow small to mid-sized companies as an analyst, consultant, strategist, and thought leader. 

Tim’s range of expertise has helped clients in the areas of business planning, product development, capital raising, market penetration, growth planning, mergers & acquisitions, organizational structuring and business development. 

Over the years he has worked across a broad range of industries including Entertainment, Technology, Retail, Advertising, Hospitality, Non-Profits, Consumer Products, Apparel, Finance and Real Estate to name a few.  Examples of previous engagements include:

  • Developed the business & marketing plan for a start-up social games company, which helped to secure $1M in seed capital
  • Developed the business plan and roll-out strategy for an early stage functional beverage company targeted towards the Hispanic community
  • Developed a business plan for a $20M Management Buyout of a legacy media company
  • Oversaw the development, planning and launch of a non-profit backed startup specializing in concierge services for Baby-Boomers
  • Developed a $2M digital marketing plan for UK based online travel agency to launch into the US market
  • Lead a start-up baby care product line through development stage to commercialization within major big box chains in the UK
  • Created a license strategy and negotiated agreements for international distribution of an action sports manufacturing company

Tim brings his savvy, experience, network, passion, drive and vision to the Growthink team. 

Stacey Polychronis

"Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.” – Anonymous

Stacey Polychronis provides administrative, compliance, recruiting, and event planning support to Growthink principals and to clients of the firm.

Stacey has extensive administrative and project management experience across a range of industries including University Education, Wealth Management, Real Estate, and Corporate Training. 

Stacey graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and a Minor in Business Administration.  

She currently lives and works in beautiful Park City, Utah.