Cypress Growth Capital Expands Investment Team

Cypress Growth Capital is pleased to welcome Cliff Sentell as a Partner and the newest member of the firm's investment team.

Prior to joining Cypress, Cliff co-founded Compass Professional Health Services, a healthcare technology company. Compass grew to 350 employees and supported 2,000+ companies when it was acquired by Alight Solutions in 2018. Cliff led the strategic integration of Compass products into the Alight platform, resulting in revenue growth of more than 300% post-acquisition. In 2020, Employee Benefits News recognized him as one of the top 20 digital innovators in the United States.

Cliff has extensive experience in technology, data, and analytics, holding a patent for AI that selects and recommends physicians for patients. He has advised start-ups and growth companies spanning pre-revenue to $100M+ on initiatives including M&A, corporate strategy, product strategy, and business development.

“Cliff’s knowledge of all phases of entrepreneurial growth, from startup through exit to a multi-billion dollar acquirer, is a tremendous asset to our portfolio companies,” said Vik Thapar, Managing Director at Cypress. “Entrepreneurs are looking for more than just capital. They want helpful and relevant assistance in expanding their company. Cliff has been in their seat, which adds to the depth of guidance our firm has provided since 2010.”

Sentell's joining adds to a Cypress team already deep with operating experience in the software and tech-enabled services industries. “I've known Cypress since Compass's early growth days,” said Sentell. “I joined a team that provides the entrepreneur-friendly capital and strategic guidance I valued as a high-growth founder.”

Cliff graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering.