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Saturn Five is a venture fund that launches, builds, and grows great companies. With a long-term mindset, we pursue lasting impact.
We capture opportunity. And then add momentum.
At Saturn Five, we believe business is an adventure—and we love helping ideas, companies, and people get to bold new places. We do that through founding breakthrough startup ventures, finding opportunity for innovation and value-creation where some might just see an intractable problem. And we do that by owning and operating Main Street service companies that elevate people’s lives and enhance communities. Our daily commitment is to lead enduringly profitable businesses that we hold for the long-term. But we define true success by the value we generate, the betterment of the people we serve, and the good we create beyond us.
We do two things:
Launch + Grow
We identify talented entrepreneurs to launch new businesses from scratch. From concept to reality, our venturesgenerate growth and innovations that add value to society.
Buy + Build
We come alongside legacy-minded owners to purchase their successfulbusinesses. We then infuse expertise and fresh vision to help the business grow even stronger over time.
18 companies launched with vision and led with purpose.
Saturn Five Principles
Every day these five engines propel us.
Our core focus is recognizing, capturing, and creating opportunity. Our eyes are always up and our imaginations wide open to new ways to solve problems and make good things even better.
It's a sacred exchange to be invited into a business, join forces with a founder, or steward an investor’s dollars. We don't see these as mere transactions, but a context to reinforce trust over time.
We have a bias to action. We aren’t impulsive; we think deeply and strategically. But our secret sauce is realizing that the best way to advance opportunity is to try, make, and test.
We believe every single person is inherently valuable and uniquely gifted. We seek to unleash the best in people through how we serve, compensate, and communicate.
We’re having the time of our lives. We love what we do and lead with a spirit of fun. So expect laughter and friendly hijinks—because we view life, work, and collaboration as a joyful adventure.
Max was trained at McKinsey followed by work with leading organizations across the for-profit and non-profit world including Google, The Charlie Rose Show, and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. He most recently served as the director of the investment leadership program at Bridgewater, the world’s largest hedge fund. His passion: turning big ideas into reality.
Founder / Co-founder
- The Weekend Reader: new media content publisher
- The Lift Seminar: productivity training brand
- Stagecoach Ventures: strategy + innovation advisory
- MBA with honors from Harvard Business School
- George Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School
- Author: The MBA Oath (Penguin Portfolio, 2010)
Evan was trained on Wall Street, but discovered he loves people and ideas more than models. He’s built a venture-backed retailer worth $50mm+. He’s built a family investing office with a number of successful exits. And he’s an active mentor at Techstars, Praxis and SKU.
Founder / Co-founder
- Tradecraft: family seed stage investment firm
- Treehouse: home improvement retail chain
- Wedgwood Circle: media investment network
- Corinthian Health Services
- Texas A&M University / Kauffman Fellow
- Author: Get Backed (Harvard Business Press, 2015)
A fourth-generation Coloradoan, Jim is a hands-on business owner with an acute eye for detail and a broad range of experiences. As a serial entrepreneur and senior-level leader, he has guided companies that range from metal products manufacturing, to retail children’s apparel, and everything in between. Jim has worn many hats including CEO/Founder, COO, and CFO. Outside of work Jim enjoys spending time with his family and serving on several non-profit boards.
Leo grew up in a large family on a small dairy farm in the Midwest and has built his career leading and performing accounting, finance, treasury, and risk management functions for national footprint operating companies – large and small, public and private. In addition to his operating company experience, Leo has helped grow a portfolio of companies in the private equity sector. Leo holds an MBA from the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business, a BS in Accounting from Minnesota State University – Mankato, and he is a Certified Management Accountant.
Trevor began his career as a writer, working among the immigrant and Native American communities in Texas and Montana, before he found his way into entrepreneurship. He’s a serial founder and a former Managing Director with the global accelerator Techstars. At Techstars, he invested in 45 companies, led a program in partnership with the Amazon Alexa Fund, and worked on their first accelerator for mission-driven companies. He is interested in the intersections between personal, team, and company growth and is the author of the upcoming book, Levers: The Framework for Building Repeatability into your Business.
Born in Colorado and raised in South Dakota, Karen has spent over 20 years in finance, M&A and investing roles. Karen began her career working in investment banking and risk management at Goldman Sachs, in New York and Hong Kong. She went on to spend seven years at TSG Consumer Partners, a consumer/retail private equity fund, and then five years at US Anesthesia Partners, a healthcare company focused on acquiring anesthesia practices. She graduated from Dartmouth College with High Honors and holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In her free time Karen loves being active outdoors with her husband and her two children.
Molly is a Denver native. After completing a business degree at CU Boulder she moved to Australia to work with a non-profit in Perth, Australia for 7 years. She worked with young people and local churches in Australia, Asia, and Europe. Now she is back in Colorado and grateful to be a part of the Saturn Five team.
After graduating college in Serbia, Marko moved to America. He has started and built up nine successful businesses since 2010. His portfolio includes a variety of businesses ranging from: construction, retail sales, real estate and an investment group. Marko has developed his businesses with attention to quality, customer service, and integrity. Before selling his landscaping company it was the highest rated landscaping construction company in Colorado. When Marko isn’t investing in business, he invests in time with family and enjoying the outdoors.