Founder & Managing Partner
Constance Freedman is the Founder and Managing Partner of Moderne Ventures and the Moderne Passport. Constance has invested in more than 50 technology companies and helped bring them to market by partnering with over 400 executives and corporations focused on using technology and innovation to create a leading edge within their industry. She is active on several company boards, past and present, including DocuSign, Updater, Ifbyphone (now DialogueTech), ePropertyData (now Xceligent), UrbanBound and TaskEasy.
Prior to launching Moderne Ventures, Constance was the head of Strategic Investments at the National Association of Realtors where she launched and managed its investment arm, Second Century Ventures (SCV), and founded its accelerator program, REach, in 2009 and 2013 respectively. Prior to joining SCV, Constance was an investor with Cue Ball, an early and growth stage investment fund focused on the information services and consumer sectors. Constance began her career spending seven years on an operating capacity at technology start-ups Molecular (backed by CMGI, acquired by Isobar) and Account4.com (acquired by Lawson). Constance was a practicing real estate agent for three years prior to starting her career in technology and investing.
Constance is the recipient of several prestigious awards including Crain’s Business 40 under 40 and has appeared multiple times on Crain’s Chicago Top Tech 50, Swanopoel’s Power 200 and Inman’s Top 101 in Real Estate. Constance is frequently an invited speaker at nationally renowned venture industry real estate and fintech conferences.
Constance served on the Advisory Board for the National Venture Capital Association’s Corporate Venturing Group from 2010-2013 and is on the board of overseers for the non-profit, From the Top. She is also an active Mentor for startups at TechStars and other accelerator groups.
Constance earned a BS from Boston University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Kurt is a Vice President at Moderne Ventures, where he is responsible for deal sourcing, diligence, operational improvement of Moderne Passport companies, and fund operations.
Before joining Moderne, Kurt was a consultant at Bain & Company where he used his analytic, management, and technology skills to advise multi-national corporate clients across various industries. His project work included providing post-merger integration services for a $70B retail company, advising on the strategic positioning of an underperforming asset owned by a building products company, and optimizing the manufacturing and distribution network of an industrial gases manufacturer. In addition to his case work, Kurt oversaw portions of Bain's MBA and undergraduate recruiting efforts in the Midwest.
Earlier in his career, Kurt was a Senior Associate at Cue Ball Capital, a venture capital firm focused on consumer and information media investments. His responsibilities at Cue Ball included deal diligence, transaction structuring, and operational improvement of portfolio companies. Kurt started his career in PwC's Strategy & Operations group and also spent time working with Greenfield Partners, a Chicago-based real estate private equity firm.
Kurt received an MBA from Harvard Business School and BS/BA degrees from Vanderbilt University.
Shawn Hill is a Director at Moderne Ventures where he focuses on identifying industry challenges, defining industry solutions, and driving efforts to bring like companies together to meet market demands. Shawn brings 20 years of sales and operational experience in the real estate, lending, and financial services sectors. Prior to joining Moderne, Shawn was the Director of Business Development at DocuSign for its Real Estate vertical. His responsibilities included building and executing DocuSign’s Real Estate strategy and creating strategic customer and technology partnerships throughout the industry.
Over his career, he has overseen industry-shaping technology sales and implementations with the major residential and commercial real estate brands, property management firms, home builders, and multi-family organizations while expanding reach and revenue in these segments for multiple companies. He specializes in technology driven go-to-market execution while bridging strategic business needs with innovative industry technology solutions. Prior to DocuSign Shawn worked as a GM, Director of Sales, and Sr. Operations Manager with Constellation Software and Chase Bank.
Shawn has a BA in Business Administration from Rowan University.
Brett Fink is a Director and Senior Associate at Moderne Ventures and works strategically with technology companies and members of the Moderne Network to build synergistic value within the technology and business services ecosystem.
Before joining Moderne, Brett was on the Business Development team within the Partnerships and Corporate Innovation arm at 500 Startups in Silicon Valley. Brett managed the day-to-day relationships of 500's corporate partnerships, advised hundreds of technology companies in the Accelerator and assisted on developing the operations for the global ecosystem at 500. Earlier in his career, Brett worked at Snapchat building content, creative strategy and user operations all during its hypergrowth phase, pre-IPO. Brett is an active advisor to startups through 500 Startups, Northeastern's IDEA Accelerator, and other innovation programs helping them build strategies on enterprise sales, partnerships, business development, and fundraising.
Brett received a BS from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, with an academic focus in Cognitive Science and Behavioral Psychology.
Prior to joining Moderne Ventures, Enrik was an Associate with KAUST Investment Company, where he worked on real estate, debt and equity mandates in Asia and America. Prior to that, Enrik was an Analyst in the investment banking division of JPMorgan.
Enrik received a BS in Accounting and Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and is currently pursuing an MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.