Benz Capital

Investing in leading private companies

Glass Buildings
 

About Us

We are a family office that is not restricted by traditional fund structures


Aligned with Business Leaders

Run by operators

We prefer to be active investors, providing support to our portfolio companies 


Patient Capital

No pressure to deploy or liquidate positions 

Focused on creating value over the long term


Flexibility

We have ultimate flexibility in deals we pursue and how we structure the transactions

 

Focus

Stage

Later stage proven businesses looking to scale

Structure

Both minority and control positions

Industry:

Industry agnostic; however, deep roots in education technology, corporate training, digital media and industrial

 

Select Portfolio

InStride

InStride is a learning services enterprise, working with employers to provide opportunities for their employees to earn degrees and credentials through the highest-quality universities. 
As a public-benefit corporation we aim to become the indispensable human capital partner of organizations, helping them unlock the full potential of the university ecosystem and provide meaningful, life-changing impact for their employees.

Degreed

Degreed is an education technology company that is engaged in enabling and recognizing professional and lifelong learning and skills. The platform allows users to learn, develop and measure their skills. ... Degreed is based in San Francisco, CA with offices in Salt Lake City, UT and Leiden, The Netherlands.

Udemy

Udemy is the leading global marketplace for teaching and learning, connecting students everywhere to the world’s best instruction anywhere.

CourseHero

Course Hero is an education technology website company based in Redwood City, California, which operates an online learning platform for students to access course-specific study resources contributed by a community of students and educators.

EquipmentShare

EquipmentShare helps contractors across the country build better and work smarter with the help of Track smart jobsite technology. In an industry ripe for disruption and innovation, EquipmentShare offers smart jobsite solutions that help contractors improve productivity and efficiency.

Kenzie Academy

Kenzie Academy is a tech apprenticeship and coding school in Indianapolis focused on project-based education, mentorship, and job placement. Kenzie offers 6-month to 2-year programs with a paid apprenticeship after 6 months. The company was founded by tech entrepreneurs with years of experience developing and cultivating talent for startups and major tech companies.

Lessonly

Lessonly is powerfully simple training software that helps teams learn, practice, and Do Better Work. They are used by 3 million learners at more than 1000 companies including Honeywell, Trunk Club, Jostens, and U.S. Cellular to power enablement, develop skills, and reinforce best practices.

StudyBlue

StudyBlue is an education peer-to-peer marketplace. Sold to Chegg in 2018.

Continental Properties

Continental Properties is a national developer, owner and operator of apartment home properties across the country.

TPG Capital VII and VIII/TPG Growth III and IV/TPG Asia VII/TPG Rise I and II

Global private equity platform with over $85 billion under management.

 

Bradford A. Benz - Founder

Brad has been creating, operating, advising and investing in growth companies for over two decades.  


Brad is the founder of RedShift Group (RSG), an advisory and venture capital firm focused on helping companies rapidly scale their businesses. Brad has advised numerous companies including Pandora Media, StudyBlue, Sylvan, ASU Foundation, 3Day Blinds, Deltak, Rasmussen, Udemy, Grand Canyon, Inside Track, eBureau, uBoost, Noodle Companies, Atrium Capital, Marcus Corporation and Answers.com.  


Brad has served as a Senior Advisor for TPG Growth and TPG Rise Fund since 2011, a top global private equity firms with over $85 billion under management.  Brad helped architect InStride, a global marketplace that enables employees to earn their degree in a cost effective manner.  InStride was spun out of the ASU/Starbucks business, a first of its kind public/private partnership.  During his tenure at TPG, Brad has sourced deals, conducted due diligence on potential investments and advised several of TPG’s portfolio companies.

Prior to founding RSG, Brad was Senior Vice President of Corporate and Business Development for Aptimus (NASDAQ: APTM), a ad network that he sold to Apollo Group (NASDAQ: APOL) in 2007.  He was also Robertson Stephens/Crosslink Capital's first Associate.  At Crosslink, Brad focused on sourcing digital media and education companies.  Three out of five of his investments achieved successful IPOs, including Saba Software, Eloquent and OnDisplay.  OnDisplay was one of the top 10 IPO in 1999 and later acquired for $1.8 billion.  

Brad earned his MBA from University of Michigan and an AB degree from Princeton University. 

Dixon W. Benz - Advisor

Chairman of the Board, Benz Oil

David K. Curtis - Advisor

Managing Director Graham Healthcare Capital, a family office focused on controlling positions in healthcare technology and service.

 

Contact

1887 Gold Dust Lane, Suite 210
Park City, Ut  84098

 

415.271.2011