Mike Crest

Operating Executive

“All the returns in life, whether in wealth, relationships, health, or knowledge, come from compound interest.”


Mike joined True Wind Capital in 2021 with the responsibility for the development and execution of operating best practices across our portfolio. As a trusted partner to our portfolio companies, he collaboratively works with our teams to drive value creation.

Mike brings more than 25 years of IT industry experience where he was most recently CEO and President at Optanix, a software and solution provider for large enterprise collaboration and communications technology, where he led the team through a successful sale of the company in 2021.

Prior to joining Optanix, Mike served as CEO of Arcserve, a provider of data backup and recovery solutions, where he led the team that took the company independent. Before that, he held several executive level roles at CA Technologies, one of the largest independent software corporations in the world, and spent eight years in technology sales leadership roles at one of the largest resellers in the world.


Mike holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Computer Science from Minnesota State University, Mankato where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.