Experience + Network = Track Record 


Partners Mark Porter and David Grohol have been working together for over 15 years and each have over 20 years in software, internet, mobile and start-ups. Their unique blend of management/start-up expertise combined with a global network is the cornerstone of StepLadder's value proposition.


Mark J. Porter 

Managing General Partner

In addition to StepLadder, Mark is the founder and CEO of InSequent, a leading digital services platform with over 20,000 SMB customers. Mark also founded Httprint - a commercial print e-procurement and services company. As its CEO from '96-03 Mark raised over $40 million in venture capital from Investcorp and Bertelsmann and led growth that earned a spot on Inc. Magazine's list of fastest growing companies in America. Httprint was sold to Europe's Polestar Group PLC. Mark has spent his entire career in the software industry. He began in sales and marketing, was GM during the IPO of a NASDAQ listed company (sold to Borland) before shifting to entrepreneurial pursuits of his own in the mid-90's.

Mark is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program (AMP) has an MBA from Pepperdine University and BS from Northeastern University.



Tom Flaherty

Vice President

A true product guy - exceptional at uncovering needs and creating innovative and thoughtful products and services for the global market. Business-oriented strategic executive who's also comfortable with tactical execution. A natural problem solver, experienced at directing all aspects of product management - from macro and micro research, to business case development and financial analysis, to development/production, to executing go-to-market strategies and life-cycle management. 

Tom received his BS UC Santa Barbara


David Grohol

Managing General Partner

Prior to co-founding StepLadder, David was an advisor and interim executive for several venture capital and private equity firms, leveraging significant global experience and relationships in the area of corporate and business development.  David also served as the GM of Americas for Roamware, Inc - a global leader in mobile value added solutions.  While there, David launched operations in Latin America and forged partnerships with some of the worlds largest mobile operators : ATT, American Movil, T-Mobile, Sprint, Telefonica, and Verizon.  Prior to Roamware, David was VP of Sales for Httprint, Inc.  During his tenure, Httprint was named to the 2002 and 2003 (#102) Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing companies in America.  In addition, David has held various sales and management roles with Cognos (now IBM), Diffusion (now OpenText) and Verifone.

David graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in Marketing.