Founder & Managing Partner
Constance Freedman is the Founder and Managing Partner of Moderne Ventures and the Moderne Accelerator. Constance has invested in more than 40 technology companies and helped bring them to market by partnering with over 300 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.
In 2014, Constance was recognized by Crain’s Business in its prestigious 40 under 40 award and was also named on Crain’s Chicago Top Tech 50. In both 2014 and 2015, Constance was recognized on Swanepoel’s Power 200 Most Powerful Individuals in Residential Real Estate and in 2015, named in Inman’s Top 101 in Real Estate. Constance is frequently an invited speaker at nationally renowned venture industry and real estate 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 Ramirez is a Vice President at Moderne Ventures.
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 of Real Estate Accelerator
Jeff Corbett is the Director of the Real Estate Accelerator at Moderne Ventures. 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
Yang Zheng is an Associate of Moderne Ventures.
Prior to joining Moderne Ventures, Yang was a commercial real estate investment professional at Realty Income Corporation with experience leading acquisitions, portfolio management, and strategic business development. During his time at the company, Yang led over $150M in investments, managed the credit, financial, and credit risk of a $11B real estate portfolio, and identified new industries for investment.
Before moving to Chicago, Yang co-founded and directed operations at a dietary supplement startup in San Diego, and is now responsible for strategy and operations at a pharmaceutical startup in Chicago. He holds a B.A. in Business Economics with a Minor in Accounting from UCLA, and is currently pursuing his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with a focus on Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Strategic Management.