Brian Hopcraft is an entrepreneur and technology leader with more than 15 years of experience leading established technology companies as well as early-stage organizations. As Managing Director of Lewis & Clark Ventures, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the firm, including fund management, deal sourcing and investments. He also takes an active role directly with portfolio companies.


Prior to joining Lewis & Clark Ventures, Brian held senior leadership roles at high growth technology companies including Answers, Bullhorn, and Sendouts. At Answers, he was SVP of Operations, leading the integration and optimization of four Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) businesses into one operating unit. Prior to Answers, Brian was CEO of Sendouts, a SaaS company focused on the recruiting and staffing industries. Through his leadership, Sendouts transformed into a fast growing and profitable entity that was ultimately acquired by Vista Equity Partners and integrated with Bullhorn, one of Vista’s portfolio companies. Brian led this integration as General Manager of Bullhorn.


Earlier in his career he founded Simplified Workforce Solutions, a pioneer in workforce optimization technology. As founder and CEO, he led the fundraising, high growth and ultimately the company’s acquisition by 360Commerce. He has also held senior leadership positions at Oracle Retail, and with Dennemeyer & Co., an Intellectual Property software and services provider.


In addition to his involvement with Lewis & Clark, Brian is an investor and active advisor to numerous early-stage service and technology companies. He and his family reside in Clayton, Missouri.


Brian earned a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University.