[Webinar] Meet the VC: Brad Bentz | ATX Venture
June 9, 2022
Meet the VC is a monthly panel event hosted by Escalon and its partners. This month, we had an engaging discussion with Brad Brentz of ATX Venture Partners’ to discuss fundraising, investment thesis, the current investment climate with our partners Latham & Watkins and Ramp.
About Brad Brentz
Brad Bentz graduated with honors from UC Berkeley (1990) and earned an MBA with a focus in entrepreneurship from the Acton School of Business in Austin in 2005. He spent ten years as a field archaeologist working on research projects in Pakistan, Syria, Bulgaria, and the U.S. before establishing a second career as a software developer and team lead.
After business school, Brad joined a boutique private equity firm and participated in over a dozen transactions involving more than $72M in equity capital. More recently, he worked at IDC and Boston Consulting Group before joining the investment team at ATX Venture Partners.
About FirstMark Capital
ATX Venture Partners is a venture capital firm that focuses on leading Seed, Series A, and early-stage software investments across the US. The firm invests in disruptive and emerging B2B software, APIs, applications, frontier tech, and marketplaces across a number of industries including Supply Chain, FinTech, InsurTech, and Future of Work. ATX also opportunistically invests in different stages, investment structures, and profiles outside of our early-stage fund vehicles.
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