Ezra focuses on all facets of the firm’s consumer facing investments and has helped lead investments into Blitsy, BloomNation, Grace, Havenly, Kapow, Luxury Garage Sale, Pluto.tv Shiftgig, SpotHero, and Zipments.
Ezra’s thoughts and bylines on startups, gaming, marketplaces, millenials, e-commerce and bitcoin have been published over a dozen times in the Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Forbes, VentureBeat and Re/code.
Ezra joined Chicago Ventures in March, 2012 and prior was a Young Entrepreneur at Foundation Capital. Before business school, Ezra served as the Director of Marketing for CardRunners Gaming – the parent company of CardRunners, Hold’em Manager and DraftDay – and before then earned a living as a professional poker player. He launched his first startup at age 13 and served as Director of Interactive Marketing at Buzz Marketing Group from 2003-2005 working closely with Midas Records, Sony Records and MTV.
Ezra is a proud husband and father to two beautiful boys Akiva and Eli. His varied interests have led him to launch a record label and produce a festival screened short film. He is a Kauffman Fellow Class 18, holds an MBA from Chicago Booth and a BA from New York University. Red wine and pop-punk are the keys to his heart. He blogs regularly at www.breakingvc.com.