Novel Growth Partners
Carlos is a Managing Director and co-founder of Novel Growth Partners, a new Kansas City-based venture firm that uses revenue-based finance (RBF) to invest in software companies that don’t fit the traditional venture or banking models.
Prior to Novel, Carlos was the Chief Corporate Development and Strategy Officer of PeopleAdmin, the leader in cloud-based talent management solutions for education and government. At PeopleAdmin, he was responsible for providing product strategic leadership and M&A. In collaboration with PeopleAdmin’s parent PE firm (Vista Private Equity) Carlos completed two K-12 EdTech company strategic acquisitions. Carlos joined PeopleAdmin in 2015 as part of the sale of the company he co-founded, Netchemia, where he was the CEO for 14 years.
Under Carlos’ leadership, Netchemia grew from an idea into one of the leading technology companies in K-12 education in the country. Netchemia received many accolades, including being named to District Administration Magazine’s top 100 products for 4 years, named as one of Kansas City’s fastest growing companies by the Business Journal, and selected multiple times as one of “Best Companies to Work For."
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Carlos graduated from Washburn University with a bachelor's degree in computer science and he completed his MBA at the University of Kansas.
Carlos is an active early stage angel investor, an active member of the Pipeline Entrepreneurial Fellowship, a mentor for Techstars-KC, Village Capital – Education Sector, and a board member of the LeanLab.
Carlos is originally from Bolivia. He has resided in the US since college and calls Kansas City his home. In his free time, he enjoys reading, traveling, dancing salsa, and experimenting with tasty cocktail recipes.
Carlos is serving his fellowship at Novel Growth Partners as a member of Class 23.