Blackbird Ventures is a launchpad for B2B cloud-based software startups. It identifies market needs and grows enterprise software companies from proprietary IP into revenue-generating industry players, delivering hands-on management along the entire startup trajectory.
The company is led by technology veterans with extensive experience in starting and growing successful software companies. As each portfolio company evolves, Blackbird grows its management team to be fully self-sufficient.
Blackbird Ventures are builders, not investors, retaining ownership over time while shepherding success. Strategic or institutional investors are often invited to participate, primarily to fund marketing and sales operations required for exponential growth after initial launch.
Christian Ehrenthal is co-founder & Managing Partner of Blackbird Ventures, LLC. He is responsible for setting corporate strategy, driving revenue and helping to grow the companies’ relationships with key customers and partners.
Ehrenthal was formerly the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Blackbird Group, an award-winning provider of compliance management software. Under his leadership, Blackbird Group became one of the fastest growing vendors in its category, achieving consistent high growth and profitability, amassing over 20 million seats under his management and securing many Fortune 500 companies among its customers. At the end of 2012, he led the company through a successful acquisition by BeyondTrust.
Ehrenthal holds an MBA from the Lorange Institute of Business in Zurich, Switzerland.