Founder & Managing Partner
Constance Freedman is the Founder and Managing Partner of Moderne Ventures and the Moderne Passport, an early stage investment fund and industry immersion program which is focused on investing in technology companies in and around the multi-trillion dollar industries of real estate, mortgage, finance, insurance and home services.
Constance has invested in more than 70 companies and actively partners with 700+ industry executives and corporations to help build strategic value and scale. She is active on several company boards, past and present, including DocuSign [NASDAQ: DOCU], Updater [ASX:UPD], Homesnap, UrbanBound and TaskEasy and Equity Lifestyles [NYSE:ELS].
Prior to launching Moderne Ventures, Constance was the head of Strategic Investments at the National Association of Realtors where she launched and managed its venture fund, Second Century Ventures (SCV) in 2008, and founded its accelerator program, REach, in 2013. 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 7 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 has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including HousingWire’s Women of Influence, 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 has 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.
Liza Benson is a Partner with Moderne Ventures and helps lead and manage investment activity with particular focus on high-growth technology companies that can achieve rapid adoption and scale. Prior to Moderne, Liza was a Partner with StarVest Partners, focused on expansion stage B2B SaaS investments. Previously, Liza was a Managing Director of Highbridge Principals Strategies and invested primarily in online video, digital media, and marketing technologies and prior to that she was a Managing Director with Bear Stearns’ Constellation Growth Capital and an investment banker at Patricof & Co and First Union where she started her career.
Liza has been a board member or Observer in more than a dozen companies including Cxense [FRA:CXH], Widevine (sold to Google), Webify (sold to IBM), Siperian (sold to Informatica) and K12 [NYSE: LRN], Bench, Ceros, Transactis RAMP OpenSlate, Xignite, CrowdTwist and UrbanBound. She also led an investment in Capital IQ which was sold to McGraw-Hill.
Liza received a BA in Mathematical Economics, summa cum laude, from Colgate University.
Lindsay Hyde is a Venture Partner at Moderne Ventures. She works strategically with technology companies and members of the Moderne Network to source investments, build synergistic value between industry executives and the companies pushing new boundaries in our industries, and provides operating support to Moderne Portfolio companies.
Before joining Moderne, Lindsay was the co-founder and CEO of Baroo, a multifamily services company that provide services as amenities to leading class A multifamily owners and operators. Earlier in her career, Lindsay founded and served as the Executive Director of the international not-for-profit organization, Strong Women, Strong Girls and worked to drive innovation at both BlackRock and the Downtown Project. Lindsay also serves as a public company director at Monro (NASDAQ: MNRO).
Lindsay earned her BA, magna cum laude, and MBA from Harvard University.
Shawn Hill is a Venture Partner 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.
Michael Baldwin is a Senior Associate at Moderne Ventures primarily focused on investment diligence, execution and sourcing.
Michael has held various roles in investing, financial advisory and corporate strategy. Prior to Moderne, he led Go-To-Market Strategy for Kraft Heinz Foodservice. Previously, he worked in Private Equity at Maxim Partners focused on the tech-enabled services and wellness industries, and in Investment Banking at Macquarie in both Leveraged Finance and Restructuring.
Michael received a BS in Finance from Indiana University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Chief of Staff
Stephanie Koenig is the Chief of Staff at Moderne Ventures. Her responsibilities include deal screening, portfolio management, due diligence, technology trends research, industry analysis and investor management.
Prior to joining Moderne Ventures, Stephanie was as an Analyst at GCM Grosvenor. She worked on firm and fund marketing efforts and participated in new product launches. She shared responsibility for business development, client service and consulting relations.
Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts with honors in Psychology and Communication and a minor in Finance from Boston College.
Taylar Ramsey is the Program Manager at Moderne Ventures, working alongside our Venture Partners to manage the Passport program, engaging companies, and streamlining its operations.
Taylar is an experienced marketing, public relations and event planning professional, having spent the majority of her career working for some of Chicago’s most innovative technology and HR-focused companies. She brings her passion for event logistics, creativity and communication skills to the Moderne team.
Taylar received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Certificate in Public Relations from the University of Cincinnati.