Michael Clifton

Partner

Biography

Mr. Clifton joined Falfurrias as a partner in 2022 to help launch and lead Falfurrias Growth Partners.  Prior to joining the firm, he was Co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Supernova Partners, which is a sponsor of multiple blank-check companies that raised more than $1.4 billion of capital from public investors and successfully took two companies public through reverse mergers.

Prior to that he was with The Carlyle Group from 2011 to 2020 as a member of its flagship U.S. Buyout team where he helped lead Carlyle’s investing activities in the technology and business services sectors.  During his tenure he worked on transactions involving companies in multiple sectors, including enterprise software, FinTech and IT services.

He is a director of Rigetti Computing (NASDAQ:RGTI), and he has served on four private boards and has been a board observer of another public company.  Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Clifton worked at Brazos Private Equity Partners and Arcapita, as well as in the M&A group of Bank of America Securities.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in classics from Davidson College, and an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.

Career Highlights

  • Joined Falfurrias Capital Partners as a partner in 2022
  • Co-founder and CFO of Supernova Partners
  • U.S. Buyout Team at The Carlyle Group
  • Brazos Private Equity Partners and Arcapita
  • M&A group of Bank of America Securities

Current Board Memberships

  • Rigetti Computing (NASDAQ:RGTI)
  • O2X
  • NPI

Education

  • MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar
  • BA – Davidson College –  cum laude