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Mr. Darren Blanton

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Founder and Managing Director

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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Colt Ventures
www.ColtVentures.com, 14 Nov 2014 [cached]
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 Kings College based in New York City, The SMU Cox School of Business Venture Fund, Esping Family Foundation, and the SM Wright Foundation.
High Brow Cat
www.waggonerranches.com, 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.
Colt Ventures
www.ColtVentures.com, 3 June 2010 [cached]
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.
High Brow Cat
www.waggonerranches.com, 25 Aug 2014 [cached]
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 manys 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.
High Brow Cat
www.waggonerranches.com, 25 Aug 2014 [cached]
DARREN BLANTON High Brow Cat
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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 manys 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.
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