First and foremost, we invest in and with people who share our values. Integrity, Motivation, Intelligence, and Experience are on the top of our list, closely followed by Collaboration and Kaizen.
We look for products and services that leverage a technological breakthrough or superior user-experience and brand to radically change the status quo and create a new value paradigm.
We look for innovative business models that are structurally sound, strategically defensible, and show the potential to create and capture new markets.
We invest in partners, not just portfolio companies, so focus on opportunities where our expertise, insight, or introductions can add value beyond our capital investment.
Judd has a multidisciplinary background that spans private equity, innovation strategy, and product design. He has worked on strategic innovation initiatives for clients including Nike, SC Johnson, Mozilla Labs, Toyota Robotics, and Rocky Mountain Institute. Solution spaces have included consumer products, digital products + platforms, retail experiences, and strategic planning.
Previously, Judd founded a company that worked with top record labels and artists to generate media and create communities around music and concert culture.
Judd holds a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University and a dual Master of Design & MBA from Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago where he currently serves on the Board of Advisors.
Victor has over 40 years of investment experience including public securities, private equity, and early stage investments.
Victor co-founded Harris Associates (“Harris”), a Chicago based Registered Investment Advisor and Investment Manager of the Oakmark Family of Funds (“Oakmark”). At Harris, Victor served as Chairman and CEO through its acquisition by NVEST (now CDC IXIS Asset Management) until his retirement in 2000.
Victor also served as President and Chairman of Oakmark from its inception until his retirement in 2003. At the time of Victor's retirement, Harris managed in excess of $40 billion in equities, including over $20 billion in the seven fund series of funds comprising Oakmark.
After his retirement, Victor became Co-Founder and Chairman of Valor Equity Partners, an operationally oriented private equity fund with early investments in Tesla and SpaceX. Now retired, Victor continues to serve as an Advisor to Valor Fund III.
Additionally, Victor has served as a Director of various public and private companies and continues to actively invest through the Partners Resolute portfolios.
Victor currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship and is a Life Trustee at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Previously, Victor served on the Executive Committee as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chaired the Board of Advisors at the College of Architecture, and served on the Board of Advisors of the Institute of Design (ID). He holds a BS in ChE from IIT and a JD from American University. He was also a registered Patent Attorney early in his career.