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Mr. Darren Blanton

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Founder and Managing Director

Phone: (214) ***-****  
Email: d***@***.com
Colt Ventures
Rosewood Court, 2101 Cedar Springs Road Suite 1230
Dallas , Texas 75201
United States

Company Description: Colt Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on life sciences, technology and natural resources. Colt utilizes its team of seasoned investment professionals and...   more

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DARREN ..., 18 Dec 2015 [cached]
Darren Blanton is the founder and managing director of Colt Ventures. Blanton has over 22 years of investment experience and has invested in over 100 private companies across every stage of corporate finance. Prior to forming Colt Ventures, Blanton worked with the family office of Perry E. (Bill) Esping, the founder of First Data Corporation. Prior to working with the Esping family office, Blanton ran Able Investments, a distressed real estate fund, which acquired commercial real estate from the RTC. Prior to his work with Able, Darren started his career as a commercial real estate broker in Dallas, Texas. Blanton currently serves on the Board of Colt Oil and Gas, Amorcyte Therapeutics, The Kings College based in New York City, The SMU Cox School of Business Venture Fund, Esping Family Foundation and the SM Wright Foundation. Blanton and his wife, Julie, have three children: Eva, Luke and Mia.
Darren Blanton has been involved in the cutting horse industry for many years and his horses have earned $1.4 in the show pen. Not only does he participate as an owner but he is also an active competitor, having ridden horses to nearly $400,000 in earnings since 2000. The 2012 season was Blanton's best, a year during which he won $73,355, with his two best non-pro successes taking place aboard 4-year-old Short N Smooth - the Championship at the Brazos Bash and a tie for sixth at the National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes. He won the Cotton Stakes Futurity Non Pro aboard DB Smooth Cokette in 2014.
He's doing really well," said ..., 22 July 2013 [cached]
He's doing really well," said Darren Blanton, managing partner of the Dallas-based company Colt Ventures. Jack [Waggoner, High Brow Cat's longtime owner] said he acts just like High Brow Cat did. He's real feisty and ornery, and I think he's going to be really healthy."
High Brow Cat (High Brow Hickory x Smart Little Kitty x Smart Little Lena) has sired earners of more than $57.5 million, according to Equi-Stat. He has also ranked as cutting's top annual sire the past 11 years. While he is now sterile, High Brow Cat is still being promoted and used as a breeding stallion through the use of frozen semen.
Colt Ventures purchased High Brow Cat, now 25, in January as part of a larger package that encompassed the entire Waggoner Ranch operation. The then-unborn clone was included in the deal.
"We are happy that the clone has been born. It will be interesting to see how it turns out," said Blanton.
An ongoing civil case in Amarillo, Texas will determine if clones and their foals can be registered in the future as American Quarter Horses.
"I think it would be good if we could register the babies, but we weren't really planning on it," Blanton said.
Board of Directors, 22 June 2015 [cached]
Darren Blanton, Treasurer
Darren Blanton, owner of ..., 18 Dec 2015 [cached]
Darren Blanton, owner of High Brow Cat, has unveiled an early Christmas present for mare owners, offering a $3,500 discount to the famous stallion's $22,500 breeding fee.
DARREN BLANTON - General ..., 7 Dec 2003 [cached]
DARREN BLANTON - General Darren Blanton, founder and general partner, is primarily responsible for our software and applications services investments in the communications and internet sectors.He led the firm's investments in BroadJump,, and Moai Technologies, among others.He is a former general partner of EFO Holdings, a direct investment company.He was also a founding partner of Tricor Realty Advisors, a commercial real estate company, and the founder of two investment-related companies, Able Investments and Harvest Fund.Darren Blanton is actively involved with the Board of Directors of Moai Technologies.
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