From Silicon Valley to Startup Nation the rules are the same.   Get up. Get going. Or goodbye.

Our view is simpleThere has to be a better way.

Marlborough Street Partners is a team of senior operating executives that works with private equity and venture firms. We guide their portfolio companies through their most important inflection points. Our C-level partners assess, reengineer, and when required, provide interim management to get companies on a winning trajectory.

Unlike traditional consulting firms, we are a cross-functional group of business executives that has successfully managed through many challenges at a variety of software, tech, and information-focused companies. Our approach combines both theory and practice to deliver solutions that create lasting value.

The recent pandemic created an unwanted inflection point for all investors. Our clients are still reevaluating their portfolios to determine which of their companies need an immediate infusion of capital, which require watchful waiting, and which deserve palliative care. We can help your firm with the additional insights and operational expertise required to do this triage and maximize your returns as economic growth returns.

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Marlborough provides an integrated portfolio of transformational services that helps private equity firms and venture capitalists address the strategic challenges, operational dysfunction, and capitalization issues in their portfolio companies.

We also work with these firms to evaluate marginal investment opportunities and identify sale or merger opportunities. We use a proprietary methodology and a proven set of analytics, diagnostics, and development tools that help companies get up, get going, and get better.

Our partners are entrepreneurs who have founded companies, raised or managed hundreds of millions of dollars of capital in seed, growth, and mezzanine financings, had successful IPOs, and managed M&A processes from both the buy and sell sides.




Managing through inflection points like the current pandemic requires decisive action. Address your issues now or the market will.

Customer churn can create havoc at any SaaS business. Principal Mike DiFranza helps you uncover the reasons behind churn.

Managing prospects in sales and marketing only works well if the two organizations work together as one. Principal Ed Perry tells you how to boost sales effectiveness through better prospect care.

Achieving peak performance in sports and business requires rigorous analysis and expert coaching. Principal Jen Gabler advises on how to get your business to peak fitness.

If sales and marketing aren’t aligned then you can’t maximize their impact as a team. Principal Jerry Rulli helps you fix the situation.

Positioning and branding are keys to keeping your company top of mind in your market. Principal Dennis Driscoll defines six keys to keep your brand relevant.

Client Centage Corporation raises $8.5 million in Series C financing after record growth.

Client Centage Corporation announces new leadership. Ken Marshall becomes Executive Chairman.



Our principals are based in Boston, New York, St. Louis, and Washington, DC. We manage client engagements across the U.S. and for companies in Europe and Israel that want to get here.  Our core team is supported by affiliates that extend our skill set, market focus, and geographic coverage.

Managing Principal Ken Marshall was Chairman, co-founder and former CEO of QuickPivot. Previously, he was CEO of Correlsense, CEO of Carbonflow, President and COO of Giga Information Group, and CEO of Object Design (a #1 company in the Inc. 500). Mr. Marshall was also a group vice president at Oracle Corporation and was the founder of Oracle’s consulting services business. He has served as an independent Director of several technology companies including; Actuate Corp., Streambase Systems, Current Analysis and Visix Software. He has a B.A. from Northeastern University and an M.A. from Boston College. You can reach Ken here.

Principal Jennifer Allison was most recently VP of Human Resources at QuickPivot Corporation. Earlier in her career she was HR Director at Standard Life Investments, VP of Human Resources at Brown Brothers Harriman, and Manager of Human Resources at State Street Global Advisors. Jen’s knowledge covers the complete life-cycle of organizational development including strategy, staffing, benefits, compliance, and retention. Across a 25-year career, she has managed through periods of rapid company growth, mergers, restructurings, and downsizing. She has a unique understanding of building winning teams at companies ranging in size from startups to global corporations.

Principal Jonathan Bain is an attorney and technologist with over 30-years experience in the software industry. Jon has acted as both in-house and outside counsel in environments ranging from AmLaw 50 firms to boutiques. Jon’s business experience includes stints in business development and consulting, as well as serving on the boards of several startups. His technical background ranges from pre-relational databases to IoT. Jon is currently a Principal at Intangible Strategies, where he advises technology companies on strategic partnering, intellectual property, and privacy. He served in various roles at Object Design (acquired by Progress Software), Access Technologies (acquired by CA Technologies), Dynamics Associates, and WilmerHale. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a JD from Yale Law School.

Principal William Blundon has been a senior executive for companies ranging in size from start-ups to a $7 billion global corporation. He is currently Chairman and CEO at AdvertOne, Inc., a MadTech company. Bill previously served as a COO, CPO, CSO, EVP, and four-time CMO in companies ranging from information security to multi-channel marketing. He has extensive international experience including resident assignments in Paris and Amsterdam. He was on the board a leading industry consortium and is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Boston CTO Club.

Principal (Emeritus) Howard Cannon is currently a senior member of the technical team at Google and has been a senior executive in several technology-driven companies. He was VP of Software Engineering at Thrive Bioscience and Corporate Fellow at Rethink Robotics where he developed behavior-based robot brains. Prior to that he co-founded several companies including ModelSheet Software, Groton NeoChem, and Symbolics where he developed advanced computer systems for artificial intelligence. Howard also has extensive experience in product management and as a General Manager. He is an active investor in the Launchpad Venture Group. 

Principal Steve Crummey is an accomplished C-level executive with more than 30 years of entrepreneurial experience in starting, growing, developing, and turning-around multi-million dollar companies in highly competitive markets. Served as VP of Worldwide Sales for three major start-up companies, Lotus Development, Avid Technologies and PictureTel. Created, co-founded, and developed Intranets, one of the earliest successful SaaS start-ups which was sold to WebEx.

Principal Mike DiFranza has served as Chairman, CEO, COO, GM and VP Sales for a range of Fortune 500 corporations, venture-backed startups, and non-profits. Mike’s experience spans the hardware, software, media, advertising, promotions and payments industries. He was the founder and CEO of Captivate Network the world’s largest digital place-based media network targeting white-collar business professionals. Mike was also the founder and Chairman of the DPAA, an advocacy group for this $3 billion industry. He served as General Manager for Gannett’s specialized media business and as President/COO Linkable Networks, which eliminated paper coupons by linking their value directly to the payment card used in purchases.  He also led the America’s sales organization for Mentor Graphics. Mike has led numerous M&A transactions and venture/PE funding initiatives. He holds six US Patents and numerous international patents.

Principal (Emeritus) Dennis Driscoll is an expert in omni-channel customer intelligence, cross-channel, digital/CRM and marketing automation consulting, marketing/agency services and sales for leading retailers and national consumer brands. He was most recently VP of National Account Development for Zeta Interactive. He served as enterprise sales and solutions director at eBay Enterprise. Dennis was also Sr. Global Client Services Executive at Acxiom Corporation and Sr. Customer Intelligence Executive at SAS. He was SVP of Strategic Business Development for Direct, Digital & Agency Services at Epsilon and was SVP and General Manager of Fidelity Investments’ in-house agency. He has an MBA from Boston College, an MS from Boston University, and a BS from the University of New Hampshire.

Principal Jennifer Gabler is an expert in operational and venture finance. As a CFO and CPA, she has extensive experience in complex capital structures, budgeting, forecasting and management reporting, internal controls and systems, and investor relations. She is a co-founder of The Refinery, an accelerator for women-led companies. She was a lecturer and researcher at both Tuck and Harvard Business Schools. She has an AB from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Columbia University.

Principal Bill Haines leverages his product management and marketing experience to help organizations deliver and communicate relevant value to customers. He has deep experience in the methodologies critical to product management, solution planning, and foundational marketing. Bill previously served as VP Product & Marketing within leading information companies Elsevier and Wolters Kluwer, and within a large-scale start-up in the medical information space. He has also held executive positions at a software development firm and at an award-winning marketing communications agency. He is author of the book: The 21 Rules of B2B Marketing. This combination of product and marketing experience lets Bill bring a strong market-facing emphasis to engagements.

Principal (Emeritus)  Andy Jacobson brings over 30-years of experience as an operating executive and private equity professional, with a focus on information, data analytics, software, media and business services sectors. Andy began his career as a journalist and founded several companies, including a subscription-based regulatory information company, a media/trade show division of The Washington Post Company, and a small business investment company (SBIC) fund. He has served as President/COO of three information publishers and Executive Chairman of two market research firms (Kagan Research and Jupiter Research).  As a Managing Director at MCG Capital, Andy invested over $250 million in more than 25 privately held media, information and technology firms.  He has served as member or observer on 17 boards of directors.  As a consultant, he has guided numerous companies on strategy and in their analysis and understanding of product line profitability (including the creation of dashboard monitoring mechanisms) and the resultant actionable decisions related to acquisitions, divestitures, product launches and product shutdowns.

Principal Elad Katav is CEO and founder of Cupixel, Inc. a company that uses augmented reality software to make art creation accessible to everyone. He was COO of Correlsese, Inc. where he managed strategic alliances, customer service, and product development. He also led business development at Naya Technologies, was VP of delivery at Veracity Group, and was a lecturer in Inventive Thinking at Ono Academic College in Israel. Elad has an MBA from IDC Herzliya and a B.S.c. in Computer Science from the Academic College of Tel-Aviv. He served as a Major in the IDF Intelligence Corps.

Principal Jeff Massa was President of Redbox, a business and strategic consulting firm focused on strategic planning, product development, and M&A. He was also President and CEO of YellowBrix, where he developed software to categorize, summarize, and extract information from 8,000 licensed global publications. He did four acquisitions and applied for patents in contextual ad matching and learned behavior modeling. Earlier in his career he was SVP Technology at Intell-X and VP Technology at Comtex Scientific Corporation. Jeff also worked for the National Security Council where he served three presidents as Deputy Director in charge of situation support systems.

Principal Alan Nugent has been a technology leader at some of the software industry’s largest companies as well as a CEO and board member. He was most recently SVP Cloud Architecture and SVP Cancer Research Cloud at Oracle. He served as CTO at Medialets (a mobile advertising platform), EVP and CTO at CA, CTO at Novell, CTO at Xerox, head of Product Development and Technology at eBay Enterprise, and CIO at Bell South. He was CEO at Mzinga and served on the board of directors at Lavoro Technologies, Adaptive Computing, and Telogis among others. In addition to his executive career, Al is also a prolific author whose publications include Big Data for Dummies, and a variety of articles on cognitive computing, leadership, cultural transformation, and aligning information technology and business.

Principal Ed Perry has served as a senior executive for more than 25-years with an impressive blend of consulting, sales, and operations experience.  He has successfully grown revenues and expanded customer bases at both early stage and large enterprises.  He has managed consulting practices, support functions and enterprise software sales teams. Ed has a strong knowledge of quote-to-cash business processes, financial applications, internal controls, performance metrics, and operations.  He has developed businesses in the US, Canada, Caribbean, Latin America, and Australia. Ed was a consultant with Touche Ross & Co. (now Deloitte), Regional Manager with Oracle Consulting, Sales Director with Kenan Systems (acquired by Lucent), Vice President Sales at Telution (acquired by CSG), Vice President Sales at Integra5, and Vice President Sales at Correlsense.  He has a BS from Ithaca College and an MBA from Boston University.

Principal Jerry Rulli uses his extensive experience as a tech executive to create effective go-to-market strategies that deliver successful revenue generation at scale. Jerry has led sales teams in companies ranging in size from $100M to $3B and engineered transformations that enabled companies to penetrate new markets through vertical sales. He has deep experience in M&A and integrating disparate sales models. Jerry’s knowledge in operating, scaling, and leading International organizations has provided him with the expertise to manage and lead complex organizations.  He was most recently COO of Progress Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS). Previous roles included EVP Sales at Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM), and several executive management roles at Infor including President Americas and President Enterprise Systems Group.

Principal Jeff Swartz has launched, managed, and advised businesses in North America, Europe and Asia. He has been responsible for capital raises of more than $50 million to finance entrepreneurial ventures. He has diverse experience as an entrepreneur, executive, and consultant in technology- and information-intensive businesses. Jef served as CEO, Interim CEO, COO, and senior executive in businesses such as IT market research/analyst services, health care services and software, dispute resolution, software development outsourcing, biomass energy production, waste recycling, specialty food products, life sciences, marketing analytics software, consumer health food products, and education technology.  Jeff was Vice Chairman and Partner at Business Strategy Group, President of Hundsun Global Services, CEO of Current Analysis, among other leadership positions.


We provide a series of packaged and custom services that address key inflection points in your business. We typically work with private equity firms to improve the operating performance of the small to mid-size companies in their portfolios and with venture capitalists on their Series A and later round investments.

Inflections points can take many forms. They include: strategy resets, go-to-market and customer success issues, failed product launches, operating model challenges, capitalization issues, executive management concerns, and compliance among others,


We deliver a series of business assessment services to benchmark your company against competitors. We identify what’s working and deliver an actionable plan to fix what’s not. Most of our clients have reached an inflection point in their business. Our services focus on getting through it successfully.

Business Assessment

This service dissects the business across a dozen domains ranging from high level Market Opportunity, Value Proposition and Exit Strategy through various detailed operating analyses including Product Strategy, Go-to-Market, Distribution Channels, Financial Plan and Capital Requirements. We analyze Current State versus Desired State across each domain and make detailed recommendations for achieving objectives.


Our partners have raised dozens of rounds of venture financing and private equity investments across multiple companies. We develop and fine-tune our client’s strategy, value proposition, business plan, and corporate materials. We also identify the most appropriate list of potential investors and arrange introductions. 


We focus on implementing or fixing critical processes across strategy, product planning, sales and marketing, and operational finance.

Business Alignment

In the normal course of business, companies sometimes go astray. Getting costs and revenue into alignment can be a wrenching experience.  We deliver an unbiased and workable plan that will get the company back on track.

Customer Insight

While many companies are focused on scouring big data sets to gain insights into their business, others recognize that their clients and prospects represent a tremendous source for actionable insights. We provide a portfolio of customer insight services to deliver an actionable understanding of your customer interactions.

Technology Reengineering

Many of our clients are technology companies and every customer relies on software to automate their business. Our technical team consists of CTO and senior IT executives who have solved many issues in technology strategy, major software releases, scaling, and infrastructure refreshes.


Marlborough provides full-time or part time CXO resources to lead your company to the next level. We also assist your organization in raising capital and identifying complementary products and services.

Interim Leadership

Regardless of their stage of growth, companies often experience a gap in corporate leadership. While the company begins the often-lengthy process of replacing members of the executive management team, we can provide interim leadership for CXO roles. 


We help you prepare for a liquidity event by tuning key operating metrics and uncovering strategic opportunities.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Many Marlborough clients undertake a merger or acquisition to expand their product line, available market, geographic coverage, or growth rate. We advise clients on potential partners, and develop a set of targets.


For more information on our company and services please email Ken Marshall here.

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