August 9th, 2022—Columbia, MD—Blend360, a global provider of data, analytics and talent solutions for Fortune 500 companies, announced today that Recognize, a technology investment platform focused on the tech services sector, has invested $100 million for a minority stake to continue driving growth in Blend360. This is Blend360’s first institutional investment and marks the start of the next chapter of the company’s strategy.
“We intend to become the premier service provider of AI and ML solutions that optimize business results and this investment is another significant step in our journey to do just that,” said Patrick Hennessy, CEO & Co-founder of Blend360.
In 2016 and after 20 years of working together at Merkle, co-founders Patrick Hennessy and Tim Berry launched Blend360 in the data science and talent solutions space. Since then, the company has emerged as an industry leader with a world-class client base. Blend offers differentiated services and accelerators in data, tech, analytics and consultant solutions. Blend is excited to tap into the Recognize team’s experience and expertise in operating and scaling some of the largest technology and services businesses.
“When we first connected with Patrick, Tim and the Blend360 team, there was immediate alignment between our expertise at Recognize and the needs of Blend360 to continue this incredible growth they’ve experienced,” said Frank D’Souza, Co-founder & Managing Partner of Recognize. “Patrick and Tim understand how to create, operate and scale a business and we’re looking forward to supporting their efforts through this investment and the ongoing strategic advice we will be providing to maximize this opportunity.”
Frank D’Souza and Mike Grady, Partner at Recognize, will be joining Blend360’s board to provide strategic guidance and help expand Blend’s international footprint.
Evercore, a premier global independent investment banking advisory firm, was the exclusive financial partner to Blend360 on this transaction.
Blend360 is an award-winning provider of data, analytics and talent solutions for Fortune 500 companies. The company has made the Inc. 5000 list of Fasting Growing Companies every year they have been in business and has been awarded a world-class ranking in client satisfaction for the past three years. It has over 600 employees with offices domestically in NY, MD, CO and CA and internationally in India and EMEA. To learn more, visit www.blend360.com.
Recognize is a technology investment platform exclusively focused on the technology services industry. The firm provides operational expertise, industry insights and strategic capital to innovative companies in this sector. Recognize is led by industry veterans Frank D’Souza, Raj Mehta, Charles Phillips and David Wasserman. To learn more, visit www.recognize.com.