About Terrapin

Terrapin Research was founded in 2002 and is based in San Francisco.  Terrapin President Tim Savageaux has  spent the last 17 years following the TMT sector, as a research analyst for a number of growth and technology focused investment banks, private investor and as an advisor to public and private equity investors and corporations.

  • Research Beginning at JP Morgan Securities in New York  and moving to San Francisco with Robertson Stephens and subsequently Volpe Brown Whelan, WR Hambrecht and Merriman Curhan Ford , Tim has covered more than 50 sector companies and authored a number of breakthrough industry reports including the first report on cable modem technologies, the post bubble recovery of the optical components sector and the first integrated report and conference on IP Video technologies.
  • Investing Tim spent two years as a consultant located in the offices of Crosslink Capital , a $1B crossover fund located in San Francisco, and has invested directly in over a dozen private companies in the communications technology sector.
  • Banking Tim completed JP Morgan’s Corporate Finance Training program and worked as an associate in the firm’s Technology, Media and Telecom M&A group.  He was also involved in the evaluation of dozens of initial public offerings in the communications technology sector.
  • Operations Tim completed GE’s Financial Management training program and worked in Financial Planning and Analysis for GE Plastics in the company’s US headquarters in Pittsfield MA and Asian headquarters in Tokyo Japan.
  • Management As Director of Research at Merriman Curhan Ford, Tim built and directed a department of 30 professionals including 15 senior research analysts and was a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

This experience has produced a well developed sense of the strategic priorities of TMT industry participants, asset values in the sector at present and over time, and a well developed network of contacts among a wide range of senior and operating executives in the broadband communications sector.  This experience has also produced an in depth understanding of the key investment criteria of a wide range of investors, ranging from small cap growth to large cap value, private equity and secured and unsecured debt.


Tim graduated from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA with an MBA with a concentration in Finance in 1992 and received a BS in Mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1987 (Go Terps!).