Founder and Managing Director
Darren Bechtel is the founder and managing director of Brick & Mortar Ventures, the leading sector-specific venture capital fund focused on emerging technologies to improve the way we design, build, and maintain our built environment. With a portfolio of eighteen built world startups, including early investments in PlanGrid, BuildingConnected, Rhumbix, Fieldwire, and ManufactOn, Bechtel has been the single most active early stage investor in AEC and FM tech over the past five years. Bechtel is a Stanford-trained engineer and MBA. He has more than eight years of venture investing experience as the founder and managing director of South Park Ventures and now Brick & Mortar Ventures. Prior to founding Brick & Mortar Ventures, he spent more than seven years in the medical device industry, initially as a research and development engineer designing and commercializing breast cancer diagnostic and surgical tools, and then as the turnaround CEO. He also founded and managed Soma CoLab, a San Francisco-based co-working and incubator space for Stanford alumni. Bechtel currently serves on the boards of BuildingConnected, Fieldwire, ManufactOn, Zlien, Holobuilder, Safesite, and EverCharge, and he serves as a technology innovation advisor to several industry leading AEC and FM companies, including Bechtel, Autodesk, Cemex, Knauf, Hilti, United Rentals, and FMI.Darren Bechtel brings over 7 years of engineering, product and architectural design, and construction management professional experience to the Brick & Mortar team, as well as over 8 years of venture investing as the founder and managing director of South Park Ventures. Darren is a Stanford-trained engineer and MBA who remains closely connected to the young Stanford entrepreneurial community as the founder and developer of Soma CoLab, a San Francisco-based co-working and incubator space for Stanford alumni. Darren is involved in the boards of six startup companies and serves as a technology innovation advisor to several industry leaders across the global AEC and Facilities Management sectors.
Curtis Rodgers is a construction technologist, investor, and lecturer with over six years of process improvement experience on commercial, infrastructure, industrial, and defense projects at both Kiewit and McCarthy Construction. Curtis founded The Society for Construction Solutions (SCS) in 2014, contributes to the NASA Centennial 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, and participates as a lecturer for the US Dept. of Energy's Project Leadership Institute. Curtis holds a Bachelors of Business Administration and a Masters of Science in Industrial Technology from Texas State University.