Since being the first outside investor in OfficeMax in 1988, Blue Mesa (and predecessors) has played an active investment, strategic, or operating role in select startup and early-stage companies (primarily in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Cleveland).

Blue Mesa Partners was a seed or first round investor in LoungeBuddy (travel app; sold to American Express), CardinalCommerce (authentication technology; sold to VISA), Divergent 3D (transformative manufacturing system synthesizing software, hardware, 3D printing, AI, and robotics), Capstone Partners (placement agent for private equity funds; MBO), and Twitch (formerly known as, Justin.TV; sold to Amazon).

Marc Morgenstern (Founder and Managing Partner) co-founded Within3 (digital collaboration for life sciences; sold to Insight Partners), C+T Access Ventures (technology venture fund), Cadence Counsel (providing top-tier lawyers on a variable basis for top-tier law firms; sold to Lateral Link), and founded Equity Realty Securities (NASD-registered placement agent).

Marc’s thought-leading book, “The Soul of the Deal: Creative frameworks for buying, selling, and investing in any business”, frames unconventional transactional strategies to radically change the approach of business buyers and sellers, investors, CEOs, and entrepreneurs.

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