Managing Director, Brick & Mortar Ventures
Darren Bechtel, a 5th generation scion of the nearly 125 year-old global engineering and construction firm of the same name, is the founder and Managing Director of Brick & Mortar Ventures. With more than 10 years of construction tech venture investing, Darren has been the most prolific single investor in construction-related technology startups including notable early-stage investments into PlanGrid, Levelset, FieldWire, and BuildingConnected — the four largest ever M&A exits for venture-backed construction software startups.
What started as ad hoc angel investing has evolved into the world’s largest early-stage institutional venture capital firm focused exclusively on investing into the AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) and O&M (operations & maintenance) technology sector.
Darren’s ethos is not that of a “disruptor”; rather, he is interested in how technology and early-stage risk capital can be paired with the skilled talent and industry expertise of established construction industry leaders to reduce the cost and risk of capital projects and make one of the world’s largest industries cleaner, safer, and more productive.