SilentBoost Consulting

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Michael Floyd and James Caragher


James Emling

SilentBoost Consulting

Industry: Consulting
Founded: 2015
Projected 2018 revenue: $5 million

James Emling learned a lot as the first chief technology officer and president of Milwaukee-based software company Zywave. He sold that company in 2013 after taking it from $10 million to more than $100 million in revenue.

“I realized that many of the challenges and opportunities we faced were similar to those that all enterprise software companies face as they look to make their next leap,” Emling said.

He founded SilentBoost Consulting in 2015 to provide technology companies with a series of best-practice playbooks that offer analytical, process-centric guidance that increases revenue.

“The levers you have to pull to grow sales, expand market share, streamline operations, beat the competition, optimize professional services, build innovative products, grow margins and ultimately drive enterprise value are virtually the same,” he said.

SilentBoost consultants work alongside company leaders to execute the playbook, often taking a spot on the board or placing an equity stake in the business.

SilentBoost works closely with its private equity partners as they evaluate new investment opportunities.

Where do you see the most opportunities for your company right now?

“There’s no shortage of deal activity occurring in the mid-market private equity space for technology companies, and there’s no shortage of technology companies who find themselves at one of those make-or-break inflection points.”

– James Emling, founder and chief executive officer.

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