Letter Of Intent
Corner Growth Acquisition Corp.
- Registration2020-11-30 Filed S1
- IPO2020-12-18 IPO, search begins
- Definitive Agreement2023-05-04 Agreement for merger
- CompletedNot yet completed
- SPAC Ticker
- Technology, Unicorns
John Cadeddu, our Co-Chairman and member of our board of directors , is currently a General Partner and Managing Director of Corner Ventures and co-founded its predecessor firm, DAG Ventures. From 2004 to 2016, DAG Ventures raised in excess of $1.6 billion over five funds, and Mr. Cadeddu sourced many of DAG Ventures’ most successful investments, including Ambarella, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBA), Bloom Energy Corporation (NYSE: BE), Clearwell Systems, Inc. (acquired by Symantec), Eventbrite, Inc. (NYSE: EB), FireEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: FEYE), Glassdoor, Inc. (acquired by Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd.), Grubhub Inc. (NYSE: GRUB), iZettle AB (acquired by PayPal), Jasper Technologies, Inc. (acquired by Cisco), LearnVest, Inc. (acquired by Northwest Mutual), Nextdoor, 1Life Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ: ONEM), OptiMedica Corporation (acquired by AMO), Silver Peak Systems, Inc. (acquired by HPE), Wealthfront Inc., WeWork Companies Inc., Wix.com Ltd. (NASDAQ: WIX), Xoom Corporation (listed as XOOM on the Nasdaq Global Select Market prior to being acquired by PayPal) and Yelp Inc. (NYSE: YELP). From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Cadeddu worked at Duff Ackerman & Goodrich, a telecommunications-focused private equity firm. Prior to Duff Ackerman & Goodrich, Mr. Cadeddu worked at Tandem Computers, Octel Communications, JP Morgan and Amsterdam Pacific. Mr. Cadeddu serves on the board of directors of CommonSense Robotics Ltd., Prismo Systems Inc. and Picarro, Inc. He is also a board observer at Twin Health and Wealthfront Inc. He has previously served as board member or board observer at Ambarella Inc., Bloom Energy Corporation, EventBrite, Inc., FireEye, Inc., Glassdoor, Inc., GrubHub Inc., Mint Software Inc., 1Life Healthcare, Inc., Pacific BioSciences of California, Inc., Silver Peak Systems, Inc. and Xoom Corporation. Mr. Cadeddu is a graduate of Harvard University and received his MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. We believe Mr. Cadeddu’s substantial experience investing in growth stage technology companies, extensive network, and various prior investment roles makes him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Marvin Tien, our Co-Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and member of our board of directors , is currently a General Partner and Managing Director of Corner Ventures and a Principal and Founder of Corner Capital Group. Corner Ventures was established in 2018 with a focus on leading growth financing rounds of emerging global technology companies. In 2010, Mr. Tien also co-managed Green Lake Capital, an investment subsidiary for Walsin Liwha Corp (TPE: 1605), which invested in emerging infrastructure technologies and became one of the largest owners and operators of commercial and industrial solar power generation assets. Later, in 2013, Mr. Tien co-founded Ahana Capital, which was subsequently sold to ATNI International (NASDAQ: ATNI) in 2014, and Mr. Tien co-led their efforts to expand the infrastructure investments to greater Asia. Prior to Green Lake Capital, Mr. Tien focused on family investments for Corner Capital Group, which made direct investments in private companies focused on cross border opportunities between the United States and Asia. Mr. Tien serves on the board of directors of Healthy.io Ltd., Nexar Inc. and Legal Logic Ltd. Mr. Tien is a graduate of Cornell University and received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. We believe Mr. Tien’s significant experience investing in both private and public technology companies, investing acumen, and global network make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Alexandre Balkanski is a long-time technology industry leader with a demonstrated track record of delivering growth in revenue and profits while achieving recognition for outstanding customer satisfaction. He is currently the president and chief executive officer of Picarro, Inc. (“Picarro”) where he has also served as director since 2002. Mr. Balkanski also currently serves as a board member of D2S, Inc. and Engageli, Inc. where he has served since 2007 and July 2020, respectively. Prior to joining Picarro in 2013, Mr. Balkanski was a managing partner and general partner at Benchmark Capital from March 2000 to November 2013. Mr. Balkanski previously led C-Cube Microsystems Inc. (“C-Cube”) and DiviCom Inc. (“DiviCom”), two pioneering companies that drove the MPEG standard to dominance in consumer electronics and broadcasting. Mr. Balkanski founded C-Cube in 1988. In 1994, he took the company public, and in 1998 he orchestrated C-Cube’s acquisition of DiviCom. Previously, he was a board member of Ambarella, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBA), Decru, Inc. (acquired by Network Appliance, Inc.), Entrisphere, Inc. (acquired by Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson) and Infinera Corporation (NASDAQ: INFN). Mr. Balkanski holds a PhD and MS from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science from Harvard College. We believe Mr. Balkanski’s significant experience in the technology sector makes him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
John Mulkey is currently the manager of Mulkey Holdings, a private family office specializing in debt and equity investments across the hospitality, real estate, gaming and lodging sectors. Prior to his current role, Mr. Mulkey was the chief financial officer and executive vice president of Zuffa, LLC (dba and owner to Ultimate Fighting Championship (“UFC”)) from 2006 to 2015. During his decade-long role at UFC, Mr. Mulkey oversaw all worldwide financial operations for the media and entertainment company and contributed to its growth from a breakeven cash flow enterprise to one valued at over $4 billion at exit. Prior to UFC, Mr. Mulkey was a managing director at Wachovia Securities LLC from 2005 to 2006, where he ran high-yield research in the gaming and lodging sectors and was twice awarded the prestigious Institutional Investor All-American research award. Prior to Wachovia, Mr. Mulkey was a managing director at Bear Stearns & Co. in New York City from 2001 to 2005, where he held a similar role across the equity and high-yield platforms at the investment bank. Before moving to New York, Mr. Mulkey was the director of business development for Station Casinos, Inc. in Las Vegas and had worked in various analyst roles there and with Mirage Resorts Inc., where he was a graduate of the Management Associate Program. Mr. Mulkey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. We believe Mr. Mulkey’s significant experience in finance and investments in the hospitality, real estate and gaming sectors make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Jason Park is currently the chief financial officer of DraftKings Inc. (Nasdaq: DKNG) (“DraftKings”). He joined DraftKings in that capacity in June 2019, and is responsible for the accounting, tax, treasury, financial planning and analysis and investor relations departments. Prior to joining DraftKings, from 2009 to 2019, Mr. Park worked at Bain Capital Private Equity (“Bain Capital”) where he was an operating partner and focused on technology investments. For more than 10 years, Mr. Park worked collaboratively with chief executive officers, chief financial officers and management teams to develop and achieve value creation plans. Before Bain Capital, he was an associate partner at McKinsey & Company from 1999 to 2008. Mr. Park has previously served as a director of CentralSquare Technologies, Inc. Mr. Park holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and MAcc (Master of Accountancy) and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from the University of Michigan. We believe Mr. Park’s significant experience in technology and finance make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Jane Batzofin, our President , is currently a Partner and General Counsel at Corner Ventures. Previously, Ms. Batzofin served as Director and General Counsel for Green Lake Capital, leading one of the first Power Purchase Agreement Funds in the renewable energy space from 2010 to 2014. In 2014, Ms. Batzofin and Mr. Tien structured a sale of the Green Lake Capital portfolio to ATNI International (NASDAQ: ATNI) and continued to manage it under the Ahana Renewables umbrella, a subsidiary of ATNI. Ahana Renewables was focused on cross-border transactions in the energy sector. Ms. Batzofin has served as an advisor to Corner Capital Group since 2014 and is currently a Partner. Prior to that Ms. Batzofin was a real estate and structured finance attorney from 2004 to 2008 at DLA Piper where she represented commercial banks, insurance companies, REITs, and funds in capital markets transactions. Ms. Batzofin has served on the Board of Directors for TILT Holdings Inc. (OTCMKTS: TLLTF) since 2019. She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received her JD from Brooklyn Law School.
David Kutcher, our Chief Financial Officer , is currently a venture partner with Corner Ventures. Prior to joining Corner Ventures in 2020, he was the managing partner at Torian Capital Partners, a firm he co-founded in 2016, which now serves as a family investment vehicle. From 2011 to 2016, Mr. Kutcher was a Managing Director with Broadband Capital Management, a New York based merchant banking firm and was an advisor to its successor firm, Broadband Capital Partners, an alternative investment firm, from February 2016 until December 2018.
Mr. Kutcher was also the interim chief financial officer for Immunome (NASDAQ: IMNM), a Broadband Capital portfolio company, from June 2016 through March 2018. Mr. Kutcher had a significant role in assisting special purpose acquisition companies through their initial public offering and business combination processes, including Committed Capital Acquisition Corporation, which acquired One Group Hospitality, Inc. (NASDAQ: STKS) in October 2013 and was controlled by Broadband Capital principals. Mr. Kutcher started his career as an M&A and capital markets lawyer with Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP in New York from 2008 to 2011. Prior investments include Vroom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRM), Immunome, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMNM), Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZYNE), ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. (NASDAQ: STKS), Montrose Environmental Group, Inc. (NYSE: MEG), TILT Holdings Inc. (OTCMKTS: TLLTF), Hydrofarm Holdings Group, Inc. and Mile High Labs International, Inc. Mr. Kutcher is also a board observer at IPwe. Mr. Kutcher holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the South (Sewanee) and a JD from Samford University (Cumberland).
Kevin Tanaka, our Director of Corporate Development , has been a principal at Corner Ventures since 2019. Prior to joining Corner Ventures, Mr. Tanaka worked at M-III Partners from 2018 to 2019 where he served as a vice president, helping the company in its lead role as the financial and restructuring advisor to Sears prior to and through its Chapter 11 restructuring. Prior to joining M-III, Mr. Tanaka worked at Vista Equity Partners on the Private Equity team in Austin, Texas from 2015 to 2017 where he specialized in the evaluation and acquisition of enterprise software, data, and technology companies. Before Vista, Mr. Tanaka worked at Morgan Stanley from 2013 to 2015. Mr. Tanaka is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.