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.
Director, Passport Program
Jeff joined Moderne with 14 years of operational experience in the industry including roles as a founding CEO starting and building new businesses. Prior to joining Moderne, Jeff was the Director of Industry Relations at BoomTown, a leading customer relationship management sales and marketing platform helping small businesses and sales teams across the country scale their companies. Jeff was an early employee at Boomtown and helped the company grow from 35 employees to over 230 employees, raise over $20M in growth capital, and increase revenues by over 500%. In addition to strategic growth, Jeff was responsible for developing new business, creating and facilitating industry and technology partnerships, and identifying real estate business trends for potential internal and external expansion.
Jeff is also a serial entrepreneur and has been at the intersection of real estate and technology for more than 14 years leading sales, marketing, product, and client services teams within real estate, fintech, mortgage, and construction. In 1998 he founded and operated independent real estate and mortgage brokerages as well as a construction firm. After almost 10 years and well over 3000 transactions, Jeff sold the brokerages in early 2007 to drive all product and go-to-market strategy for a consumer facing digital mortgage program and pricing engine, raising $1M+ in seed funding, which he successfully exited in mid-2008. After starting another fintech company that was shuttered by the housing crash of late 2008, Jeff entered the world of consulting for 4+ years where he worked with MLS, brokerage, as well as a myriad of technology centric companies from startups to established incumbents primarily advising them on marketing, product and monetization strategies. His work for Boomtown led him to an executive position with the company.
Jeff’s specialties include deep real estate industry knowledge and relationships, omni-channel sales and marketing communication strategies, as well as technical and creative writing. He has been an invited speaker at well renowned real estate firms including the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, the Realty Alliance, RE/MAX, Council of MLS (CMLS), Inman Connect and others.
Jeff graduated with a B.S. from Syracuse University
Director of Partnerships
Brett Fink is the Director of Partnerships 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.