Marcus Stroud

Partner

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. Marcus left Wall Street to join Vida Capital in Austin, Texas, a multi-billion-dollar alternative asset manager. Marcus’ focus at Vida was 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. After Vida, Marcus was recruited to lead the Clubhouse Investment Club, a conglomerate of celebrity investors looking to co-invest with top-tier VCs. Marcus sourced deals, conducted due diligence, circulated investment opportunities, and raised funds for individual deals. At TXV, Marcus will focus on fundraising and deal sourcing, with a particular focus on consumer deals.

Brandon Allen

Partner

Brandon originally hails from Boston, MA, he stayed in the Northeast to attend Princeton University. At Princeton, Brandon studied Comparative Politics and Political Economy, writing his thesis on the prevailing 20th century theories of macroeconomic growth, which largely focused on industrial output, and how they might be adopted to innovation-based “silicon” economies. After Princeton, Brandon entered the consulting field, 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. 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. Brandon continued his focus on data analytics, qualitative research, and drawing actionable insights from complicated technical, regulatory, and commercial environments. At TXV Partners, Brandon will work on due diligence, deal sourcing, and portfolio management.

Eduardo Zaldivar

Principal

Eduardo is a Texas native. It was in his hometown, Haltom City, that Eduardo got his first taste of entrepreneurship – he created and marketed the first comprehensive SAT Prep app on the Google App Store. After running this small business out of his garage in high school, he decided to further his formal business and computer science education at Texas A&M University. While at A&M, Eduardo continued his passion for entrepreneurship by helping launch the 3 Day Startup Program. Along with his entrepreneurial involvement, Eduardo co-founded one of the largest Leadership Programs in Texas focused on at-risk incoming students, LINC. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double major in Management Information Systems and Business Honors.

Professionally, Eduardo has worked at two global consulting firms advising clients on their Strategy and Cyber Programs. Before joining TXV, he served as a Manager at a high-growth startup where he worked with and reported directly to C-Suite executives at organizations as large as $5B in revenue across multiple industries including healthcare, cloud computing, and private equity. During his time in consulting, Eduardo worked with clients in multiple countries, helped develop multiple service-based products, and managed business and technical teams.

Eduardo brings significant experience developing executive-level strategies, building high-tech companies, and working with global organizations. He will primarily focus on due diligence and building out the firm’s strategic partnerships. His operator experience in deeply technical industries will be leveraged as TXV looks to invest and work in the trenches alongside the next generation of great companies.

 

Mark Fleming

Advisor

Mark Fleming is an advisor at TXV Partners in Ecommerce and Fintech and is a Fellow at the Economic Club of New York. Most recently he was the Manager of Global Business Solutions for Alibaba Group where he partnered with consumer products companies looking to enter the China market and invested in global companies looking to use the Alibaba ecosystem in their home countries. He lived in Hangzhou, China and was a part of the Alibaba Global Leadership Academy working at Ant Financial as a venture investor in fintech in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and South Asia. Before joining Alibaba Group, Mark worked in venture capital at firms investing in social impact and real estate tech and attended the Kellogg School of Management. Prior to becoming a VC, Mark worked for the U.S. Senate Majority Leader for seven years leading partnerships between Fortune 500 CEO’s and U.S. Senators. In his spare time, Mark practices Mandarin Chinese, plays golf, and advises entrepreneurs on globalizing their companies.

Laura Fainzilberg

Advisor

Laura Fainzilberg has over 30 years in the financial services industry in the US and emerging markets.  Ms Fainzilberg is an execution focused executive with broad knowledge and skill set in the areas of emerging markets, strategic planning and execution, marketing & sales, operations and corporate development.  From 2011-2016, she led MigCredit, a microfinance company, which she grew from start up stage to the second largest microfinance organization in Eastern Eurpe including but not limited to the online and offline lending platforms.  Prior to MigCredit, Laura served as the Chef Operating Officer of the first specialized mortgage bank in Russia, which was eventually acquired by Societe Generale. Prior to Deltacredit, Ms Fainzilberg served as the Regional Director CIS/EE of FINCA Internationl, a global microfinance organization, based in Moscow Russia.   Laura’s work experience includes but not limited to FDIC/RTC-Southwest region as an Asset Specialist and Special Assistant for the Deputy Director in Dallas, Texas; Lomas Mortgage USA as a senior bond administrator and Fiserv, Inc as Vice President of mortgage and government services divisions. In 1998 -2001 Ms Fainzilberg served as Chief Credit Officer for the Union Bank of Jamaica which was initiated through a regulatory merger of 4 commercial banks, 3 merchant banks and 4 building society lending associations.  The individual banks were merged into one newly consolidated chartered bank and successfully divested to the Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago for Union Bank in Jamaica.

Laura immigrated from the Soviet Georgia to the US in 1980 with her parents and began her carrier after earning BA in marketing from the University of Texas in Arlington.

Mobeen Khan, CEO CIMCON

Advisor

Mobeen Khan joined CIMCON as COO in March 2019. CIMCON is a leader in IoT Smart City and Smart Lighting solutions, with deployments in 150+ cities in 20+ countries. He is responsible for company’s go to market strategy and execution with Sales, Marketing, Channels, Customer Success and Support reporting to him.
Previously, Mobeen was part of the leadership team in the AT&T IoT business unit as general manager leading their software solutions and platforms. He worked on building and execution of AT&T strategy to move beyond network connectivity into IoT platforms and solutions business, leading with vehicle communications including connected cars and fleet telematics, asset management and incubating the smart cities solution. Prior to that he was CMO for AT&T enterprise mobile applications and solutions incubated business.
Prior to AT&T, Mobeen worked in multiple startups including LinkShare (acquired by Rakuten), Inzigo and Metaphor (later Viziapps). He also worked as a strategy consultant with Mitchell Madison Group (acquired by MarchFirst). He started his career as a Systems Engineer and Technical Sales Manager at RAM Mobile Data (acquired by Cingular).
He has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer and Communication Engineering from Rutgers University, and MBA from Columbia University in Finance and Management.
He has a daughter and two sons. He enjoys playing competitive league cricket, and traveling to learn about world history.

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