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Mr. Darren Blanton

Director

S.M. Wright Foundation

HQ Phone: (214) 741-4990

S.M. Wright Foundation

9213 Sovereign Row

Dallas, Texas 75247

United States

Company Description

For more than 13 years, the S.M. Wright Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Debra Wright, wife of the late S.M. Wright, one of Dallas' greatest civic leaders, provides support and stability to inner-city, underprivileged children and less for... more

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Background Information

Employment History

General Partner

Vortex Partners

General Partner

EFO Holdings , L.P.

Director

Baylor Research Institute

Affiliations

Founder
Colt Ventures

Board Member
Amorcyte , Inc.

Board Member
The SMU Cox School of Business Venture Fund

Founder
Harvest Fund

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Colt Ventures

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Darren Blanton, Founder

Mr. Blanton is the founder and managing director of Colt Ventures. Mr. Blanton has over twenty two years of Investment experience and has invested in over 100 private companies across every stage of corporate finance. Prior to forming Colt Ventures, Mr. 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, Mr. 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. Mr. Blanton currently serves on the Board of Colt Oil and Gas, The SMU Cox School of Business Venture Fund, Esping Family Foundation, and the SM Wright Foundation.


Colt Ventures

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Darren Blanton, Managing Partner

Darren Blanton is the founder and managing partner of Colt Ventures. In his role a managing partner of Colt Ventures, he is responsible for actively managing portfolio companies and selecting new investment opportunities.
Darren began his career in 1985 as a commercial real estate broker and eventually formed Able investments with Asian investors to acquire distressed real estate from the Resolution Trust Corporation.
Following Able Investments, Blanton joined Real Estate FX which was an early pioneer in the development of open air lifestyle retail shopping centers. Some of his projects included:
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Following Real Estate FX, Blanton joined his family office, EFO holdings to establish the Harvest Fund and eventually Vortex Partners which invested in early stage internet, software and telecom.
Darren is actively involved on the board of Amorcyte Therapeutics, Delos Investments, SMU Cox School of Business venture capital fund, Baylor Research Institute, the Esping Family Foundation and the SM Wright Foundation
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Carolyn has 20+ years in executive administration and has worked with Darren since EFO Holdings and was crucial to the establishment of Colt Ventures.


Colt Ventures

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Darren Blanton, Managing PartnerDarren Blanton is the founder and managing partner of Colt Ventures.An active investor, Darren specializes in concepts that have significant potential for accelerated growth, and in helping entrepreneurs define the strategy and build the teams to accomplish that growth.Beginning in 1987 with Able Investments, a fund created to acquire, lease and sell commercial real estate from the Resolution Trust Corporation, Darren has founded and managed a series of successful private equity and venture capital funds.

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After leaving Vortex, Darren founded Colt Private Equity and Colt Ventures in 2003 when he left to focus on Colt's three investment areas: private equity, life sciences and the Texas Legacy Fund, investing in land, ranching and oil and gas.With nearly 20 years of investment experience in both real estate and private equity, Mr. Blanton has seen boom and bust periods in both.Leveraging these as learning opportunities, he has developed a keen eye for early signs of weakness in sectors, as well as high growth opportunities, and uses this to help CEOs with strategies and teams.Mr. Blanton currently serves as a director for Amorcyte Inc., a cardiovascular stem cell therapy company, SMU's MBA Venture Fund, The Baylor Research Institute, the Esping Family Foundation, and the SM Wright Foundation (a charitable foundation focused on urban renewal in the Fair Park area of Dallas, TX).His personal life revolves around his wife and three children, roping and cutting horse competitions, and fostering entrepreneurship in the African-American community.
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Working with Darren Blanton, his brother, to capitalize on a strong network of great business builders and innovators.


High Brow Cat | Home of the World's Leading Performance Horse Stallion, High Brow Cat

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"This percentage is a testament to the strength and maturity of High Brow Cat foals, as well as their trainability," said owner Darren Blanton.


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DARREN BLANTON

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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.

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