Team

Spencer Rascoff

Spencer Rascoff

Co-Chair

Mr. Rascoff is a serial founder with deep operational experience. He co-founded Zillow, Hotwire, a soon-to-be-announced stealth startup and dot.LA, and served as CEO of Zillow for nearly a decade. He scaled Zillow from a small private, venture-funded company to a publicly traded company with over 4,500 employees and over $3 billion in revenue, during the last twelve months ended June 30, 2020, and a household name. Zillow’s market capitalization today was approximately $20 billion, as of September 11, 2020.

During Mr. Rascoff’s tenure as Zillow’s CEO, he led the acquisition and subsequent integration of 15 businesses including the acquisition and integration of Trulia, Zillow’s then-largest direct competitor. He also led Zillow through its IPO, where he was instrumental in leveraging Zillow’s IPO as a substantial consumer branding event.

During his tenure as CEO of Zillow, Mr. Rascoff created and maintained a corporate culture that was frequently recognized as exemplary, receiving awards from Fortune Best Places to Work, Glassdoor, The Seattle Times, and many other organizations. With a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, Zillow created employee affinity networks and was twice named to Bloomberg’s Gender Equality Index.

Prior to Zillow, Mr. Rascoff co-founded Hotwire, where he ran corporate development through the company’s launch, the aftermath of 9/11, and ultimately the sale of the business to Expedia for $685 million.

Mr. Rascoff’s experience as a high-profile and successful technology executive—as well as his role as an active angel investor who has backed more than 50 startups—has enabled him to build trusted and deep relationships with many technology startup executives.

Mr. Rascoff is currently on the board of directors of Palantir. He formerly served on the board of directors of several other public and private technology companies, including Zillow Group, TripAdvisor, Zulily and Julep. Before his consumer Internet career, Mr. Rascoff worked in the Investment Banking division at Goldman Sachs and in private equity at TPG Capital. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and has served as a Visiting Executive Professor at Harvard Business School. Mr. Rascoff graduated cum laude from Harvard University.

Alexander Klabin

Alexander Klabin

Co-Chair

Mr. Klabin is an accomplished investor and entrepreneur. He is Executive Chairman of Sotheby’s Financial Services, responsible for building and leading an expanded executive management team to help Sotheby’s further modernize its underwriting process, improve its access to capital markets and develop innovative financing solutions. He co-founded Senator Investment Group in 2008 and navigated the firm through complicated equity and credit market environments during his 12-year tenure as Managing Partner and Co-Chief Investment Officer. Alongside his colleagues at Senator, Mr. Klabin both protected investor capital during the Great Financial Crisis and subsequently capitalized on the resurgence in financial markets and the economy in the years that followed.

Mr. Klabin built and scaled Senator to be a widely respected investment management firm that managed up to approximately $10 billion in assets. During his tenure, Senator managed capital on behalf of many of the largest pensions, endowments, sovereign wealth funds, and family offices globally.

Under Mr. Klabin’s leadership, Senator became known for pursuing differentiated thematic and event-driven investments in public and private securities across both credit and equity.

At Senator, Mr. Klabin created a primary research initiative that incorporated proprietary data to augment traditional fundamental research with the goal of proactively identifying companies and industries at timely inflection points. Over the years, his proprietary research team has done deep and differentiated work on emerging themes and trends including the future of work, the care economy, re-commerce, industrial automation, robotic automation processing, sports data and technology, digital health, digital payments and financial technology, and cybersecurity, among numerous others.

Prior to co-founding Senator, Mr. Klabin worked at York Capital Management and Quadrangle Group. Mr. Klabin began his career in the M&A department at Goldman Sachs. He is a member of the board of directors of Enstructure, Faherty Brand and The Nantucket Project. Additionally, he serves as a Trustee of the New York Philharmonic, The Allen-Stevenson School and is a member of the Leadership Council of The Robin Hood Foundation. Mr. Klabin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Princeton University.

Robert Reid

Robert Reid

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr. Reid has more than two decades of investment, acquisition and operating experience with a focus primarily on technology and technology-related businesses.

Mr. Reid was a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone, where he helped lead over 15 private equity investments representing over $40 billion in transaction value across a range of industries and geographies. In his 21 years at Blackstone, Mr. Reid sourced, evaluated and executed a range of transaction types including growth capital, buyouts and distressed opportunities. He was a member of Blackstone’s Private Equity Investment Committee and was one of the senior partners helping lead the firm’s private equity efforts in Europe from 2012 to 2016.

Mr. Reid has served on several public and private boards, including Scout24, one of the largest online classified business in Germany, SESAC, a large music performance rights organization and Nielsen, a leading consumer and media measurement business. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Reid worked in the Investment Banking division at Morgan Stanley. He earned a degree in economics and graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University.

Michael Clifton

Michael Clifton

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Clifton has been an investor and financial professional for over 18 years. He was most recently a senior investment professional at The Carlyle Group for approximately a decade as a member of its flagship U.S. Buyout team where he helped lead Carlyle’s investing activities in the technology and business services sectors. During his tenure he worked on transactions involving companies in multiple sectors, including enterprise software, FinTech and IT services. He has served on four private boards and has been a board observer of a public company.

Over his career, Mr. Clifton has been involved in transactions with a total value in excess of $30 billion, including multiple leveraged buyouts, growth investments, carve-outs, and turnarounds. Mr. Clifton has substantial public market experience and has helped lead the public exits of three portfolio companies, representing the sale of over $5 billion in equity. He has helped lead every aspect of a public exit, from IPO preparation to marketed secondaries and block trades. He also has extensive public and private debt financing experience. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Clifton worked at two mid-market private equity firms, as well as in the M&A group of Bank of America Securities. He earned a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in classics from Davidson College and an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.