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What We Do

We are an entrepreneurial M&A Advisory, Strategic Consulting, and Venture Capital firm specializing in marketing services, consulting and marketing tech. 

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We have over 30 years of combined experience in managing and acquiring new portfolio companies.


Rob Dickson


Rob is co-founder of R&D Venture Partners.

Rob has over 30 years experience in M&A, including over 15 years of dedicated M&A and business management experience in the Marketing and Digital fields. 

As a Managing Director at MDC Partners (2000-2011) he was instrumental in transforming the business into the 7th largest advertising holding company, leading numerous acquisitions including its most famous brands, such as: 72&Sunny, Anomaly, Crispin Porter & Bogusky and Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners. 

Mr. Dickson was Principal in Rob Dickson Consulting (2011-2015), acting as a strategic advisor in the digital and ad tech space. He is also an advisor to, and investor in, numerous ad tech companies including Engagement Labs, and Brandzooka. 

Donna Granato


Donna is co-founder of R&D Venture Partners.

Donna brings over 20 years of experience in M&A, corporate finance and investor relations in the advertising and media verticals. She also has 10 years experience in managing and acquiring businesses for the world’s largest holding companies. 

At Interpublic Group she acted as Manager, Corporate Development (2004-2005), while at MDC partners she was SVP, Corporate Development (2005-2012), overseeing the acquisition of over 15 marketing services companies. Following that, Donna took on the role of VP, Finance & Operations at Omnicom’s Diversified Agency Services Group (2012-2013), managing a portfolio of global public relations and market research firms with combined revenues of over $1 billion. 

Most recently, Donna has acted as the VP, Corporate Finance & Investor Relations for Tribune Media (2013-2015).