Growth Capital Services | Registered Private Placement and M&A Securities Firm
Brian Dunn | Founder and CEO of Growth Capital Services

Brian Dunn

Brian Dunn is the Founder and CEO of Growth Capital Services, a broker dealer firm that provides supervision for independent investment bankers. He has worked on thousands of transactions in capital raises, M&A, and secondaries. Mr. Dunn’s mission is to help good deals happen, large and small, and enable deal-makers to use their time wisely and efficiently towards what they do best.

Growth Capital Services (GCS) has been in the business of supervising private placements since 2009. At its core lies OLIVIA, a proprietary app that organizes the interaction between the banker and the supervisory team. GCS has been the broker dealer of record on over 2,000 transactions worth over $2.5 billion.

Previous to GCS, Mr. Dunn ran a private investment network in the dot-com era of 1998 – 2001. He then began to build a broker-dealer firm from the ground up, obtaining FINRA registration in 2003. By realizing the need for a firm that provides modern compliance services for a clientele that has become accustomed to a lesser standard, he created the infrastructure that enables the company’s current success.

Mr. Dunn earned an MBA from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, an MA from Johns Hopkins University, and a BA from UC Berkeley. He holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 27, 39, 63, 65, 79 and 99 registrations. A born adventurer, Mr. Dunn has worked and traveled in all 50 states and over 100 countries. Now settled in San Francisco, he plays saxophone and percussion in a local band. On the weekends, he constructs crossword puzzles and splits firewood at his cabin in the mountains, in the loving company of his wife, daughter, and dog.

What We Value

  • Entrepreneurs who maintain their own office and brand identity, source, and execute their own deals
  • Collaboration with others on our platform to expand distribution efforts as appropriate
  • Long term relationships - win-win partnerships that keep our best producers loyal to our platform
  • Culture of professional cooperation with a focus on investor protection

How We Work

  • Platform built by practitioners for practitioners
  • Independent contractor model allows latitude regarding investment mandates
  • Proprietary software supports many private placement deal types
  • Accessible and experienced Compliance team equipped to supervise most private investments
  • Chaperone service enables foreign placement agents to show mandates to U.S. institutional investors

What We've Done

  • Over $2 billion in U.S. dollar transaction value
  • Over $500 million equivalent in foreign currency transaction value
  • Over 2,000 transactions
  • Over $50 million commissions generated by reps
  • Over 1,000 investors served​

Who We Are

  • Providing consistent service since 2003
  • Supervised thousands of successful private placements in a large variety of industry sectors
  • Specializing in capital raises, M&A opportunities, and secondary sales of private stock
  • Registered in all 50 states and 2 U.S. territories
  • Headquartered in San Francisco, with registered representatives located throughout the U.S.