Brendan is a Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Fifth Wall, the largest & most active venture capital fund investing in Built World technology (real estate, hospitality/travel, construction, infrastructure & Smart City technology). Brendan was previously Co-founder & CEO of Identified, a data & analytics company focused on workforce optimization that raised $35M of venture capital and was acquired by Workday (WDAY) in 2014. Brendan was also involved in the founding of Cabify and was its first investor alongside Adeyemi Ajao. Brendan has personally invested in over 75 companies, including early investments in DollarShaveClub, SpaceX, Coinbase, Bonobos, Zenefits, Cabify, Philz Coffee, OpenDoor, Clutter and many more.Brendan began his career at Goldman Sachs in investment banking and The Blackstone Group in real estate private equity. Brendan received an MBA from Stanford University & graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University. Brendan was born in New York City, Brendan is 33 years old and an avid skier, kiteboarder, triathlete & mountaineer. Brendan is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Cleveland Avenue deals with seed ventures, early stage and private equity deals focused on emerging restaurants, beverages, services, and technologies designed for foodservice and hospitality channels.
Mr. Bell is a Managing Director of Marc Bell Capital Partners and Marc Bell Ventures, an investment firm based in Boca Raton, Florida. In November 2009, Mr. Bell co-founded ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE: ARR) and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. ARR manages over $16 billion in Agency assets. In October 2012 Mr. Bell co-founded Javelin Mortgage Investment Corp. (NYSE: JMI) in September, 2012. JMI is a hybrid mortgage REIT that manages approximately $1 billion of Agency and non-Agency assets. Mr. Bell continues to serve on its Board of Directors. Mr. Bell has significant experience in the technology sector as well. He was also the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Globix Corporation in the1990’s. Globix at its peak was one of the world’s largest logical peers with a global network spanning more than 20,000 miles and over 1 million square feet of Internet Data Center space. In addition, Mr. Bell has founded numerous companies in his career and has been a seed investor in several start-up entities including iFilm, Vault.com, NetSat Express, EDGAR Online, Inc. , where he served as a member of the Board of Directors from 1998-2000, Earnings.com and SpamEx. He has also overseen several large scale real estate development projects in New York, London, Santa Clara and South Florida. As a producer of several successful Broadway musicals and plays (Jersey Boys, The Wedding Singer, August: Osage County, A Catered Affair, Rock of Ages) Mr. Bell has been a two-time winner of the American Theatre Wing's Tony Award (“2008 Best Play” for Pulitzer Prize winning August: Osage County and ''2006 Best Musical'' for Grammy Award winning Jersey Boys). Mr. Bell is also the Executive Producer and a Co-Producer of several full-length motion pictures, and he is an investor in multiple hospitality venues in NYC such as LAVO, Avenue, and Catch. Mr. Bell is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University and New York University Langone Medical Center. He was also an adjunct professor at the Global Entrepreneurship Center of Florida International University, where he taught graduate courses in Entrepreneurship. Mr. has a Bachelor of Science from Babson College in Accounting and a Master of Science from New York University in Real Estate Development and Investment.
Erik Blachford serves as Venture Partner at TCV since March 2011. He also serves on the Board of Zillow May 2005 and Member of Supervisory Board at TourRadar. He served as the Executive Chairman at Couchsurfing International, Inc., a hospitality exchange and social networking company, from August 2014 until August 2015, and Executive Chairman of TerraPass, Inc., a carbon offset company, from September 2009 to June 2014. Blachford served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Butterfield & Robinson Travel, a luxury tour operator, from September 2009 until January 2011 and as Chief Executive Officer of TerraPass, Inc. from January 2005 to April 2007. From January 2005 to April 2007, Blachford was an active independent investor in a variety of early stage private companies. From March 2003 to December 2004, Blachford served as Chief Executive Officer of Expedia, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of IAC Travel, the travel division of IAC/InterActiveCorp, a holding company of Internet businesses. From January 2003 to December 2004, Blachford served as President of Expedia North America and Expedia Senior Vice President of Marketing & Programming. Blachford previously served on the boards of directors of Expedia, Inc. from April 2003 to September 2003, and Points International Ltd., a reward-program management portal, from June 2003 to December 2004. Blachford currently serves as a member of the boards of directors of several privately held companies. Blachford also serves on the U.S. National Council of the World Wildlife Fund. Blachford holds a B.A. in English and a certificate in theater from Princeton University, and an M.B.A. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business.