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. Darren has been the single most active early stage investor in AEC and FM tech over the past five years, with his first four construction tech deals being Seed round investments into PlanGrid, BuildZoom, BuildingConnected, and Rhumbix. Since then, Darren and the Brick & Mortar team have invested in over 25 startups aiming to improve productivity, safety, and environmental impact of constructing and caring for the built environment. 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 holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a Product Design focus from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Curtis Rodgers is an industrial technologist and investor at Brick & Mortar Ventures, with six years of construction process improvement experience at both Kiewit and McCarthy Construction — across defense, industrial, infrastructure, and commercial markets. 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.
Kaustubh Pandya, P.E. brings over eight years of strategy and industry experience in the AEC industry. Prior to Brick & Mortar Ventures, Kaustubh was with McKinsey & Company for over four years advising engineering & construction firms, investors, construction technology providers, and owners. He also contributed to and co-authored research in construction technology at McKinsey. Before joining McKinsey & Co, he worked as a forensic structural engineer assessing catastrophic failures and improving building resilience. Kaustubh holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from U.C. Berkeley, a M.S. in Design Construction Integration from Stanford, and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. He is an avid rock climber and enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with his wife Konstantina and baby daughter Sonia.
Austin Yount is a Senior Associate at Brick & Mortar Ventures and helps the team evaluate, invest in, and grow early stage companies. Prior to Brick & Mortar, Austin was one of the first 10 employees of Enjoy Technology, a rapidly growing company reinventing retail and go-to-market channels for consumer electronics. He was a member of the Business Development and Partnership team whose responsibilities were to source, execute and grow strategic partnerships with companies in the consumer electronics and telecommunications industries such as AT&T, British Telecom, Sonos, Microsoft, and Apple. Prior to Enjoy, Austin worked with technology growth companies on their M&A and capital raising strategies as an investment banking analyst. He spent 3.5 years playing professional baseball in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox organizations after his career at Stanford. He has a passion for real estate, technology and building great teams.
Austin graduated with a BA in Economics from Stanford University and lives in San Francisco with his wife Bess and son Denver where he enjoys running, surfing, golf and coaching.
Alice started her career in the AEC industry with DPR Construction in the San Francisco Bay Area building UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. She led the Bay Area Skunkworks group and implemented various construction technologies on project sites. In April 2016, Alice relocated to Singapore to help start up the Southeast Asia HQ for DPR Construction as the resident BIM/VDC and construction technology expert and worked on data center projects. She was part of various workgroups led by the Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA), was a part-time lecturer for the BCA Academy BIM Management Certification Course, taught BIM courses for RICS and spoke at various conferences in the region. She joined the Digital Built Environment Institute(DBEI) organizing committee whilst in Asia and is now part of the DBEI North America Committee since her relocation back to San Francisco. After realizing the slow pace of digitization in the construction industry, Alice joined the Brick & Mortar Ventures team to work with startups that want to disrupt the way we design, construct and maintain the built world.
Alice holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University where she was on the Formula SAE racecar team and worked in a materials science lab researching lead-free piezoelectrics.