Chief Investment Officer
Mr. Helmer is the Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Strategy Capital. He has spent his career as a practicing business strategist: advising companies, investing based on strategy insights and teaching strategy. At Helmer & Associates (later Deep Strategy), a consulting firm he founded, he led over 200 strategy projects with major clients such as Adobe Systems, Agilent Technologies, Coursera, Hewlett-Packard, John Hancock Mutual Life, Mentor Graphics, Netflix, Raychem, and Spotify. With the Strategy Capital team, he continues to advise the founders of companies such as Brex, Scale AI, Lyft, Convoy, Insitro and Ginkgo Bioworks. In the last three decades, he has also utilized his strategy concepts as a public equity investor, first with proprietary accounts and more recently with Strategy Capital. Prior to Helmer & Associates, he was employed at Bain & Company. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Williams College. Mr. Helmer taught Business Strategy in the Economics Department of Stanford University for a decade until 2018.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Rutherford co-founded Parthenon Capital Partners, a PE firm with over $2B under management. Mr. Rutherford currently is a board member of Bryant & Stratton College. He is also Director Emeritus of MedAssets (NASDAQ:MDAS). Previously Mr. Rutherford co-founded and was the former Chairman of The Parthenon Group, a strategic advisory firm sold to Ernst and Young LLP. Prior to founding The Parthenon Group in 1991, Mr. Rutherford was a Director of Bain & Company where he worked with Dr. Helmer. He is also a former Trustee of the Boston Museum of Science.