Ezra focuses on all facets of Chicago Ventures' consumer facing, marketing tech and alternative lending investments - and is actively involved with Attendant, Blitsy, BloomNation, Kapow Events, Havenly, Luxury Garage Sale, Shiftgig, SpotHero, and Zipments. Ezra’s thoughts on startups, gaming, e-commerce and bitcoin have been published in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Re/code.
Ezra joined Chicago Ventures in March, 2012 and prior was a Young Entrepreneur at Foundation Capital. Before business school at Chicago Booth, Ezra served as the Director of Marketing for CardRunners Gaming – the parent company of CardRunners, Hold’em Manager and DraftDay – and before then earned a living as a professional poker player. He launched his first startup at age 13 and served as Director of Interactive Marketing at Buzz Marketing Group from 2003-2005 working closely with Midas Records, Sony Records and MTV.
He blogs weekly at www.breakingvc.com .
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