Marcus was raised in the small town of Prosper, Texas. Marcus accepted an offer to play football at Princeton University, where he played all four years. He received his A.B. in Religion, writing his thesis on a historical analysis of American religious and cultural trends in the 20th and 21st Century. After Princeton, Marcus cut his teeth on Wall Street, where he was a fixed income analyst at the largest and leading fixed income electronic trading platform company for institutional investors and dealers. His rotations included experience on the High Yield, Emerging Market, Investment Grade, and Municipal Bond desks. This experience allowed him to gain insight into the financial markets as someone who regularly met with financial executives at some of the largest banks in the capital of the world’s financial sector. Seeking to broaden his financial acumen, Marcus left Wall Street to join Vida Capital in Austin, Texas, a multi-billion-dollar alternative asset manager. At Vida, Marcus broadened the scope of his knowledge to alternative investments, specifically private equity and hedge fund structures. Marcus’ focus at Vida with both internal and external, serving as a member of the team that met with large institutional and private investors for the firm’s flagship and closed end fund. Marcus also was responsible for due diligence and investment monitoring, as well as market and industry research. After Vida, Marcus was recruited to lead the Clubhouse Investment Club, a conglomerate of Celebrity investors looking to co-invest with premier VC. He was tasked with the immense responsibility of leading and executing the vision of the organization, which included sourcing deals that were attractive for the Club, maintaining Investor relations with the venture funds and club members, as well as handling the legal and accounting for the Club. At TXV partners, Marcus will utilize his deal sourcing ability as well as operational and fund growth to expand TXV. He will also lead TXV Plus, the syndicate arm of TXV that focuses on co-investments. Marcus focuses on investment opportunities in the following industries: Financial services, consumer products, sports, and media & entertainment.
Brandon originally hails from Boston, MA. After attending secondary school in Chestnut Hill, MA, Brandon attended Princeton University. At Princeton, Brandon studied Comparative Politics and Political Economy, writing his thesis on 20th century theories of the prevailing theories of macroeconomic growth as they relate to developing economies. Central to Brandon’s thesis was an analysis of how different macroeconomic theories in the 20th century may be updated and understood to reflect an economic shift from the quasi-Fordist industrial output-based economies to relatively de-centralized innovation-based or liquid economies. He argued that innovations, property protections, strong patent laws, intuitions, and a certain view of history and economic growth are central to countries shifting their economic models and experiencing long-term growth. After Princeton, Brandon took a job ghostwriting a memoir for a year, while traveling domestically and internationally. This experience allowed Brandon to further sharpen his writing skills, while simultaneously learning how to craft narratives. After successfully completing the book, Brandon found his way to consulting, working for Stax, a strategy firm that conducts due diligence for over half of the top 20 LBO firms. At Stax, Brandon focused on a variety of product categories, everything from consumer goods to B2B software companies to light industry. This experience allowed Brandon to develop an understanding of a wide variety of industries within a short time frame, as well as learning how companies assess market opportunities in a variety of different sectors with different market conditions. Brandon then moved to Chartic, a consulting firm that works with companies in the industrial sector. Chartic’s clients are global companies that usually gross $1B in revenue. At Chartic, Brandon’s focus was on longer, 3-month engagements with complicated market forces at work. There, Brandon continued his focus on data analytics, qualitative research, and drawing actionable insights from complicated technical, regulatory, and commercial environments. TXV Partners is pleased to bring Brandon’s strategic insights to the firm. At TXV Partners, Brandon will leverage his considerable due diligence expertise to vet potential opportunities in the market, communicate these insights, and work alongside our founders in a hands-on consulting capacity. In addition, Brandon will leverage his writing background to create content, structure knowledge creation, and continuously build upon TXV’s investment theses through extensive and on-going academic research.
Shawn is a born and bred Texan, growing up in Plano. After attending the University of Arkansas, Shawn joined his family’s healthcare firm, working his way up to be one of their youngest executives. In his time at Critical Healthcare Management, Shawn was tasked with responsibilities which ranged from expanding the network of hospitals and pharmacies to defining and implementing a long term strategic vision for the company. Shawn’s experience as an entrepreneur gives him a unique perspective into the day to day of small businesses, from operations and sales to defining strategic visions and overcoming potential regulatory hurdles. TXV Partners is pleased to bring Shawn’s wide variety of hands-on experience to the firm as our partner in charge of investor growth.