• Team

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    Philip Wharton

    Partner, Real Estate Private Equity & REITs


    • 25+ Years of Real Estate Investment & Development Experience


    $7+ Billion In Real Estate Investments: $2.4B Residential, $4.7B Commercial


    • Twining Properties: Chief Investment Officer

    • Focused on urban mixed use development and preferred equity investment in metro NYC & Boston regions. $160M, Resulting in a 37% IRR


    • RXR Realty: Executive Vice President

    • RXR was recently approved to co-develop 175 Park Avenue as office/hotel, creating the 2nd tallest building in NYC after One World Trade Center
    • 4 Investments: $659M


    • Brookfield Properties: Senior Vice President

    • 3 Investments: $1.9B Office, $791M Residential, $210M Office Rehab


    • Avalon Bay: Vice President, Real Estate Development, 8 Years

    • A $24B real estate investment trust managing 294 assets
    • 4 Investments: $758M Residential


    • Yarmouth Group/Lend Lease: Lendlease built the 9/11 Museum, Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia, and the Sydney Opera House.

    • $75M Office Rehab, $350 Million Office Loan Workout, $2 Billion Office Loan Workout Portfolio


    Lincoln Property Company: Lincoln is the only company that is top 10 in the ownership of three asset classes: Office, Residential, and Industrial Property.

    • 2 Investments: $170M Office/Industrial


    • Education: 

    • Wharton Business School, MBA
    • Harvard, BA
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    David Kruth

    Instructor, Real Estate Private Equity & REITs


    • 30+ Years of REIT & Real Estate Investment Experience


    • Dexus Asset Management: Portfolio Manager - North America, Global REIT Fund


    • Brooklyn // Queens Properties: Investments in residential redevelopment through bridge loans in the NYC metropolitan market.


    Goldman Sachs Asset Management: CIO, Portfolio Manager, & Senior Analyst for six years of US and Global Real Estate Securities Investment Management.


    Alliance Capital Management: Portfolio Manager & Senior Analyst for eight years where he was responsible for investing in REITs and other public real estate related companies in the US and internationally.


    • Yarmouth Group: Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Special Projects. Founded entity level investment program to fund property companies prior to REIT IPOs. Yarmouth was acquired by Lend Lease.


    • RBR Asset Management: Board Member


    • Rouse Properties: Member of the Board of Directors of publicly traded Regional Mall REIT, focused on dominant assets in smaller MSAs.


    Columbia University: Adjunct Professor in the MS Real Estate Program - Classes include US REIT Analysis & Investment, International REIT Analysis & Investment, and Financial Statement Analysis.

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    Nathan Rosenkranz



    7+ years of investing experience


    Manages Real Estate Inves tment Syndicate


    Passionate about financial education


    Fascinated with blockchain technology, specifically Defi and governance protocols. Investor in multiple ICO's


    VU Venture Partners - Cohorts 13 & 21 - Healthcare, Crypto, & Web3 Teams

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    J. Skyler Fernandes

    Founder & Chairman


    Ranked Top 100 Powerlist VC


    15+ years of VC/PE Investing, 150+ Portfolio Companies


    Founder & General Partner, VU Venture Partners


    Founder & CEO, Venture University


    Select Prior Portfolio Companies: Beyond Meat (IPO'd, $14B), Sensity (Acquired by Verizon, $300M+), ShopKick (Acquired by SK Telecom, $200M), Made In Space (Acquired by AE Industrial Partners), FabFitFun ($1B+), Spyce (Acquired by sweetgreen), Bear Flags Robotics (Acquired by John Deere, $250M)


    Former Managing Director of Investments at Cleveland Avenue (VC/PE Fund co-founded by Former CEO & President of McDonalds), focusing on food and beverage brands, food related technologies, and new restaurant concepts


    Founder, Head, & Former Managing Director of Simon Venture Group (investment arm of Simon Property Group, S&P 100, largest retail real estate company in the world), grew to top 5 corporate VC focused on commerce alongside Google Ventures, Intel Capital, and Comcast Ventures


    Adjunct Professor at New York University teaching Venture Capital Intensive


    Creator of Multiple Top Ranked Entrepreneur Resources: #1 Startup Investor Pitch Deck Template (viewed & downloaded 750,000+ times, used by leading business schools and accelerators)


    Co-Founder of the #1 Startup Board Game: The Next Big Thing: The Game of Entrepreneurship, backed by over 25+ of the top accelerators and VC investors