Mr. Blake Winchell serves as Managing Director at Partner Ventures. He serves as Board Member at MotionVFX. For the past 32 years, he has focused on private equity investments with Leucadia National Corporation, the Channel Investment Group, Generation Ventures, The Fremont Group, and Partner Ventures. He also serves as Venture Partner at Bopp & Hahn Mittelstandspartner. In addition to his role as Managing Director of Partner Ventures, he is the Managing General Partner of Fremont Ventures, the private equity growth capital fund of the Fremont Group. Fremont Ventures was named by EETimes as one of the top 10 venture capital firms in the US for adding value to portfolio companies. He joined Bain & Company in 1978 and was one of the founders of the San Francisco Bain office. In 1983, he joined the Brae Corporation division of Leucadia National Corporation (NYSE - LUK) as Vice President of Strategic Planning and subsequently founded and managed the acquisition group for Leucadia. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1975 with high honors in English and Economics as a Rufus Choate Scholar where he was awarded the Henley Economics Prize. He received his MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1979 and is a Certified Public Accountant. He lives in Portola Valley, California. He is a member of the Young President's Organization and is an adjunct professor at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, one of Europe's leading business schools, where he teaches highly rated courses on Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Acquisition (Search Funds). He received the Award for Teaching Excellence from IE in each of the last 7 years. He is also on the IE Business School International Advisory Board. He is on the boards of Cereve and Akkadian Ventures. He is also highly engaged in the search fund community, both domestically and internationally. Exited investments include Atrenta, Identified, Lithium Technologies, Sonics, and Splunk. He also serves as Advisor at Adara Ventures. He served as a Board Member at eSilicon.