Transparency, Quality, Trust, Passion, Gratitude, Fun. A Human-Centered Approach to Leadership and Investing.

Builders was formed to celebrate and support the entrepreneurs, leaders and "builders" that are crafting a better future. We are driven by a shared passion for creating a positive impact in the world. We are experienced operators and entrepreneurs ourselves, and our team has formed to leverage our collective expertise to guide and scale portfolio companies as they seek to address the pressing social and environmental challenges of our time. Last but not least, we share a humble appreciation for the opportunity to build something great together; for the unique chance to help build the next generation of authentic, purpose-driven companies.

General Partners

Tripp Baird

Tripp Baird is co-founder and managing partner of Builders and sits on its investment committee. He was previously the managing partner of Cloud Mountain Capital, an advisory/investment platform focused on purpose-driven consumer businesses. He was founding principal of Partnership Capital Growth (PCG), a boutique merchant bank and family of co-investment and structured equity funds, and brings a combination of investment, operational, and advisory experience with an historic focus in “healthy, active and sustainable living” companies. Tripp helped create top quartile returns across four funds at PCG and North Castle Partners (NCP). His prior experience includes NCP, a leading consumer middlemarket private equity firm focused on the health/wellness markets, Bain & Company, and Goldman Sachs Global Equities Management. He has been honored individually with Middle Market Deal of the Year honors by M&A Advisor twice in 2009 and 2011. He currently serves on the boards of Urban Remedy, The Bar Method, MPOWERD, MIXT, and Traditional Medicinals. He earned dual magna cum laude A.B.s from Harvard University.

Twice a NOLS graduate, a sometimes mountaineer. Tripp enjoys surfing and SUP; is a certified yoga instructor (RYT 200), an artist, snowboarder, and endurance runner. With his better half, Shana, and sons, Cillian & Ewan, he is based in San Francisco.

Mike Dutton

Mike Dutton is a co-founder and managing partner of Builders and sits on its investment committee. He most recently served as CEO of Dolphin Capital Group, a Utah-based private equity firm investing in emerging growth businesses. Mike has participated in the startup and growth of several companies as an operator. He was the CEO of Winder Farms, building it from a small dairy delivery business to a leading online grocery delivery business with over $40M in revenues. He was also the Executive Chairman of Manduka, one of the world’s leading yoga brands. He also helped build Home Financial Network leading to its successful $220M sale to Sybase. Mike previously co-founded Genus Group which he sold to International Data Group; and Dyad Security, an IT security firm that was acquired by Outpost 24. He previously worked at Accenture and Microsoft. He currently serves on the boards of Winder Farms, Urban Remedy, MPOWERD and Ragnar Events. He received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Stanford University.

Mike lives at the base of the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, and spends most winter weekends skiing with his wife and 3 kids. He also enjoys mountain and road biking, and is a volunteer ride leader for the Lone Peak High School Mountain Bike team.

John Ryan

John Ryan manages the accounting and reporting functions of Dolphin Builders LP. He has 30 years of experience in finance and accounting and has specialized in partnerships for the last 20 years, first as manager of financial planning and analysis for Pillsbury Winthrop LLP (one of the country’s largest law firms), then as controller for Genstar Capital. He currently serves as chief financial officer of Genstar Investment Corporation on a part-time basis, and also provides back-office services to other private equity funds and fund managers. His past and present clients include A3 Alliance LLC, Allegiance Capital Equity Partners LLC, American Industrial Partners, BISYS Private Equity Services Inc., Earlybird LLC, Gratitude Management LLC, Partnership Capital Growth LLC, Proof Ventures LLC, Sea Change Management LLC, Silicon Valley Finance Group, and TBL Management LLC. John is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Thomas Knowles

Thomas Knowles joined the Builders Fund in 2016 from our partner, Gratitude Railroad. Like Builders, GRR is an investment partnership created by proven entrepreneurs, operators and investors with a common belief that business and capitalism can be a force for helping solve critical social and environmental issues. Prior to GRR, Thomas led corporate development and strategy for a leading outdoor ecommerce company, Backcountry, and a publicly traded software as a service company, Liveperson (NASDAQ:LPSN). He also spent five years in investing roles with SVB Capital, the venture capital arm of Silicon Valley Bank. Thomas graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Economics. Raised in Seattle and a 10 year stint in San Francisco Bay Area, Thomas now lives in Park City Utah with his wife Jessie and their three children.

About: Quiet vs. loud; beer vs. wine; leading vs. following; Montana vs. California; country music vs. anything else, family vs. friends; rain jacket vs. swim suit, non-fiction vs. fiction


Howard Fischer

Gratitude Railroad Co-Founder; Founder Basso Capital Management; Builders Fund Investment Committee

Eric Jacobson

Gratitude Railroad Co-Founder; Founder Dolphin Capital; Chairman Winder Farms and Ragnar Events; Founder and President Home Financial Network; Builders Fund Investment Committee

Blake Kirby

Founder Chairman of Inovar, Inc., Managing Member, Bandon LLC. Builders Fund Investment Committee

Michael Bush

CEO Three Day Blinds; CEO Anchor Blue Retail Group; CEO Bally North America; COO Movado; Bain & Company

Matt Eggers

Yardi Energy, Tesla Motors; SunRun; Bloom Energy; Genentech; Morgan Stanley

Sami Inkinen

Founder Trulia; Microsoft; McKinsey & Co

Monty Sharma

CEO of Curves and Jenny Craig; Former CEO of Atkins Nutrition; Naked Juice; EAS

Jeremy Latrasse

Co-founder Twitter; Co-founder Message Bus; Heavy Bit; Square; Sightglass Coffee

Steve Kahn

Founder dELiA*s, Inc.; Founder iTurf; Paine Webber

Eleanor Mulvaney & Richard Seamans

CEO, Seamans Capital

Alex Chang

Co-founder One Technologies

Dean Factor

Founder and frmr. CEO of Smashbox Cosmetics

June & Harold Hochberger

Founders of Mrs. Green’s Natural Markets

Howard Wolk

President, Cross Country Group

Kamran Shamsavari

CEO & President, Xandex, Inc.

Peter Miller

Chairman, The Essential Baking Company

Jules Kaufman

Frmr. Chief Legal Officer, Coty, Inc.

Jeffrey Kushner


Mats Lederhausen

Former Chairman Chipotle / MD McDonalds Ventures, Chairman ROTI Mediterranean Grille

Ann MacDougall

Co-Founder & CEO Dunollie Fund, COO Acumen, President, PriceWaterhouseCoopers