Founder and Managing Director
Russ Crafton is the Founder and Managing Director of BlueSquare Capital. For more than 25 years Russ has focused on supporting emerging growth businesses, particularly in areas of technology, digital media, and IT services. Russ developed significant experience across all areas of the technology landscape including enterprise application and infrastructure software, networking, cloud and IT services, digital media, and security. During this period, Russ has focused on both M&A and capital raising and has advised on numerous transactions for clients in these sectors.
Prior to founding BlueSquare, Russ was a Partner with Redwood Capital where he co-founded the firm in 2003. Over his 12 years with Redwood, Russ played a lead role in both managing the business as well as advising clients across a wide range of areas and transactions with technology, IT services and digital media. Prior to Redwood, Russ worked with JP Morgan’s Technology Investment Banking Group where he focused on communications equipment and software companies. Russ has also served as Director of Strategy and Corporate Development for Lucent Technologies. Russ began his banking career with Merrill Lynch’s Merger and Acquisitions Group in New York where he was a Vice President, involved in numerous domestic and cross-border M&A transactions.
Russ holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.