Inc.'s inaugural list of founder-friendly private equity firms highlights shops that treat entrepreneurs as partners and operators--rather than as part of the furniture. -- Private equity firms have been called all kinds of nasty names over the years: asset strippers, corporate raiders, vulture capitalists. Don't be deterred by these labels. The PE firms making headlines over high-profile corporate bankruptcies such as Toys "R" Us are rarely the same investors who back small businesses. In fact,

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CRITICALSTART, a leading provider of Managed Detection and Response services, today announced a sizeable minority investment from Sagemount, a growth equity firm. CRITICALSTART plans to use its first-ever outside investment to significantly expand its market presence for the company’s Managed Detection and Response (MDR) services as it expands nationally – including new field offices in Los Angeles and New York City – to serve enterprise customers and its network of channel partners. CRITICALSTART’s MDR services

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Atlanta-based group purchasing organization Procurement Advisors, LLC (“PA”) today announced that it has received a significant growth investment from New York-based private equity firm Bregal Sagemount. PA is the leading technology and data-enabled group purchasing organization (“GPO”) focused on the maintenance, repair, and operating supplies (“MRO”) market. As a part of the transaction, PA founders Suja Katarya and Keith Brower will continue to retain a significant stake in the business. "We are very excited to

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