Trailblazer looks for teams with relative domain expertise – people whose current venture is directly related to fields in which they have experienced success and gained valuable knowledge.
A product or service based on intellectual property that provides a competitive differentiation with demonstrable, measurable benefits.
A product or service must address a large, growing and measurable market (new or existing). In addition, a clearly defined go-to-market strategy is critical.
Financial forecasts should be built with capital efficiency in mind. First round funding must take the company to meaningful milestones that build tangible business value.
About Joel Fontenot
As Managing Partner of Trailblazer Capital, Joel leverages unique insights gained from his experience in banking, investing and operating early-stage companies to make and manage venture investments. Previously, Mr. Fontenot worked for Cisco Systems, Inc. He joined Cisco through the acquisition of Metreos Corporation were Joel served as CEO and Founder.
Joel is a former Board Member of Spawn Labs, Inc. a Trailblazer investment he led and sold to GameStop in 2011. He serves on the Board of Directors of NetSocket, Inc., Koupon Media, Inc., Nitero, Inc., and cycleWood Solutions, Inc.
Mr. Fontenot is an Executive Board member of the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University, a Board member of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center and served on the Board of Cistercian Preparatory School. He was appointed by the Governor of Texas to and served on the Texas Emerging Technology Fund Advisory Committee.
Joel holds a B.A. Economics from The University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.
About David Matthews
David Matthews is a Managing Partner with Trailblazer Capital. David brings a wealth of relevant experience through his background as an entrepreneur, lead investor in emerging funds, venture capitalist, and venture philanthropist. As an entrepreneur, David launched several successful start-ups including Intelecon, Green Mountain Dallas, and Toyscapes. Intelecon was a audio-visual services company that he and two co-founders grew from $0 to $22 million of annual revenue between 1991 and 1998. He cultivated customer relationships with companies including Sterling Software, Dell, AMD, First USA, and Nortel.
CFO - COO
About John Curreri
John Curreri is the Chief Financial and Chief Operating Officer at Trailblazer Capital. John brings over 20 years of experience including public accounting, strategic planning, forecasting, fund raising, integration, and Mergers & Acquisition related work.
John’s past positions, among others, have included CFO at Westec Intelligent Surveillance (acquired by Interface Systems), CFO at Metreos Corporation (acquired by Cisco Systems), Senior Manager – Audit with KPMG and Experienced Manager – M&A with Ernst & Young.
John holds a B.S. in Accounting and Philosophy from Boston College. In 2010 he was one of four finalists for the Dallas Business Journal small company CFO of the Year award. John is also a mentor with The Dallas Entrepreneurial Center, RevTech and Tech Wildcatters.