Founder & Managing Partner
Constance Freedman is the Founder and Managing Partner of Moderne Ventures and the Moderne Passport Program, an early stage investment fund and industry immersion program 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 60 companies and helped bring them to market by partnering 700+ executives and corporations focused on using innovation to create a leading edge within their industry. She is active on company boards, past and present, including DocuSign, Updater, Homesnap, UrbanBound and TaskEasy and Equity Lifestyles [NYSE:ELS].
Prior to launching Moderne Ventures, Constance launched and managed the early stage investment fund, Second Century Ventures and founded its accelerator program, REach; she was also an investor with Cue Ball and had previously spent 7 years in tech and 3 years in real estate.
Constance served on the Corporate Venture Advisory board at the NVCA and 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 earned a BS from Boston University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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 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.
Chief of Staff
Stephanie Koenig is the Chief of Staff at Moderne Ventures. Her responsibilities include deal screening, portfolio management, 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 all 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.
Liza Benson is a Venture 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.