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Castle Digital Partners is a venture services firm that partners with management teams to invest in the software platforms that drive their businesses.

We are a hands-on, strategic digital partner — providing the digital strategy and execution a business needs to accelerate its software platform vision.

We create value by

  • Creating scalable platforms from initial MVPs in seed-stage businesses
  • Transforming legacy systems into modern digital platforms in growth businesses
  • Helping venture-backed companies scale with on-demand product, design and engineering capacity
  • Digitizing end-customer experiences and operational processes in enterprises

Partnership approach

As a venture services firm, we are a source of capabilities and capital.

  • Flexible program financing

    We structure our own team and capabilities into a program that is financed creatively using equity, revenue-share, and/or fee-for-services.

  • Capital partners

    We team with a network of value-added capital partners to bring additional growth capital and expertise to the table.

  • Follow-on investments

    We are long-term partners with the ability to invest capital in follow-on opportunities or enter into subsequent creatively financed product programs.

Product Studios

Our firm, comprised of over 120 digital product professionals, operates from a network of regional product studios in Charlotte, New York, Los Angeles, and London and centralized delivery studios in Prague and Samara.

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Leadership

Our leadership team is comprised of entrepreneurs and business builders that have track records of creating value at the intersection of business, product and technology.

  1. Travis Parsons

    Travis Parsons

    CEO & Founder
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    Travis co-founded Castle Digital Partners in 2009. After beginning his career as a private equity investment professional, Travis has co-founded five software companies that today employ over 500 people. Travis graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina in 1994.

  2. Artem Orlov

    Artem Orlov

    EVP & Founder
    Global Product
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    Artem co-founded Castle Digital Partners in 2009. Artem has been responsible for venture services program delivery and leading the high-skilled engineering team at Castle since its inception. Artem started his career with Magenta Technologies as an engineer, was promoted to become an architect, and then became a technical program manager. Artem graduated from Samara University in 2000 with a graduate degree in Computer Science.

  3. Alex Kolodochko

    Alex Kolodochko

    EVP & Founder
    Global Design
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    Alex co-founded Castle Digital Partners in 2009. Alex has been responsible for leading Castle's user experience and visual design team since recruiting the very first designer to the team in 2010. Alex also tackles key growth initiatives across Castle's delivery studios, driving solid year-over-year talent recruitment and retention. Alex started his career as a user experience designer in 2005 and then worked in business analyst and project management roles. Alex graduated from Samara University in 2008 with a graduate degree in Computer Science.

  4. Chris Bradle

    Chris Bradle

    Managing Director
    Global Product
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    Chris joined Castle Digital Partners in 2016 as the Managing Director of Global Product. Before joining Castle, Chris co-founded Virtual Event Bags, a leading event marketing platform. Virtual Event Bags was acquired by Active Network in 2015. After leading with the post-acquisition product integration Chris exited to join Castle. Previously Chris founded and operated a branding and design agency. Chris has a deep background in design-thinking and holds a B.S. in Design from College of Saint Rose in NY. Chris is passionate about distance running and his family.

  5. Ben Gilman

    Ben Gilman

    Managing Director
    Charlotte
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    Ben joined Castle as Managing Director of the Charlotte Studio in 2017 after working with the firm as an entrepreneur-in-residence and client for over eight years. Ben started his career as an engineer with a computer science degree before earning his MBA at Wake Forest University. Ben then joined the product team at Technekes and became CTO for the company, responsible for creating marketing-focused software applications for Fortune 500 clients. After Technekes, Ben co-founded three software companies, including LearnTrials, a Techstars alum, venture-backed edtech company based in Raleigh.

  6. Alex Parsons

    Alex Parsons

    Managing Director
    Los Angeles
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    Alex Parsons is the Managing Director of Castle's Los Angeles studio. He has over fifteen years experience in design, engineering and product management in digital and built environments. At Castle he has led the launch of twelve new digital products with start up and enterprise clients like Fox Sports, News Corp, A2 Access, and Travel Tripper. Previously, he worked as a designer at Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects where he was a project manager on the $190M renovation of the Yale School of Architecture. Current areas of interest include: maintaining design excellence in an agile development and lean business environment, usability testing and user behavior / web analytics. He studied history and computer science at Stanford University and architecture at Harvard.

  7. Paul Jackson

    Paul Jackson

    Managing Director
    London
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    Paul joined Castle in 2016 as Managing Director of the London Studio. Paul started his career as a digital product designer in London with AKQA before becoming Head of Product Management for The Times and the Sunday Times. Paul then led product for the News Corp internal venture Newsmart, an innovative language learning platform based on content from the Wall Street Journal. Paul is the publisher of Pivot Product Hits, a monthly newsletter on product strategy and regular writer on all things product.

  8. Todd Buelow

    Todd Buelow

    Managing Director
    Business Development
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    Todd joined Castle Digital Partners in 2010 with a focus on business development. Previously, Todd worked with Castle co-founder Travis as one of the first employees of Elogex, responsible for product management of the logistics SaaS pioneer that is now One Network Enterprises. Todd then co-founded Cloud Logistics and Bella Tunno. Todd is active in the non-profit community serving on boards that help those struggling with addiction, children in need, and children with disabilities. Additionally, he has volunteered coached at the YMCA for over 15 years.

  9. Ilya Vesov

    Ilya Vesov

    VP Global Delivery
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    Ilya joined Castle Digital Partners in 2009 as one of the first ten employees and is now VP of Global Delivery, responsible for managing successful program delivery across the Castle portfolio. Ilya's combined product and engineering talent, gained over leading numerous SaaS and digital commerce programs, helps ensure Castle brings products to market on plan. Ilya graduated from Volga Region State University Of Service in 2008 with a degree in computer science.

  10. Daniel DelaCruz

    Daniel DelaCruz

    VP Operations & Finance
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    After beginning his career focusing on Asset Management and Capital Markets at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Daniel joined Castle as the Director of Finance and became VP Finance and Operations in 2017. Daniel holds a B.S. from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Daniel enjoys spending time outdoors and is an avid sailor.