OUR TEAM

KRIS BORT

Venture Founding Partner

 

Kris Bort has more than two decades of experience raising capital and managing equity portfolios. At Sakal Ventures, Kris’s primary focus is investment selection and buy-side transactions for the fund.

Prior to launching Sakal Ventures, Kris was the Founder and President of Sakal Capital Management, a long/ short equity hedge fund. Under his leadership, Sakal Capital Management developed a strategy of intra disciplinary portfolio construction. This strategy was comprised of: deep value, special situations, and hyper-growth technology companies.

Before establishing Sakal Capital Management, Kris was the Founder and President of Light Capital Group. At Light Capital group, Kris managed portfolios for ultra high net worth individuals and institutions. As the President of Light Capital Group, Kris led a team that raised and managed more than $150 million in capital.

Prior to launching Sakal Ventures, Sakal Capital Management, and Light Capital Group, Kris was a Senior Vice President at SkyeBanc, Regal, and First Midwest Securities.

Kris’s deep understanding of capital markets and previous leadership roles allows him to leverage an extensive network of relationships with hedge funds, broker- dealers, private investors, venture capital funds, and technology companies across the globe.

 

TEAM WITH

75+ YEARS

OF DIRECT INVESTING EXPERIENCE

Anthony
DeBenedictis

Head of Capital Development

Anthony DeBenedictis is Sakal Ventures’ Head of Capital Development, responsible for leading the firm’s external capital activities and managing Sakal Ventures capital development.

Prior Sakal Ventures, Anthony spent six years at various high profile software companies. Anthony led revenue growth initiatives and managed several cross border expansions.

Before Anthony’s software career, he was a Senior Vice President at City Credit Capital, a world leader in foreign exchange derivatives trading. At City Credit Capital, Anthony managed currency derivative exposure and positioning for ultra high net worth individuals and institutions. 

Prior to Anthony’s tenure at City Credit Capital, he held Senior Vice President roles at a number of securities firms such as Gruntal & Co. and JW Genesis Securities, where he raised and managed capital.  

AJAY ARORA

Venture Partner-Advisor

Ajay Arora serves as Sakal Ventures head of research. Ajay’s primary focus is to develop, research, and direct the execution of investment strategies.

Prior to Sakal Ventures, Ajay was a Technology Advisor to Sakal Capital Management.

Before Sakal Capital Management, Ajay founded Silver Motion and eRSVP, and was a strategic advisor to a diverse stack of technology, fin-tech, marketing, e-commerce, and gaming companies.

Ajay has been a private investor for over twenty years. He has identified and consulted investors in many strong growth companies in their early stages such as: MongoDB, Sea Limited, Twillio, Tesla, and Lemonade.

Ajay earned a Bachelor of Science from NYU Stern School of Business in Information Systems & Accounting.

GEORG EBNER

Generalist Analyst

Equity Analyst at KAI Capital Management, long/short hedge fund.

Equity Analyst at InvestIndustrial, leading European Private Equity firm.

Internship at Credit Suisse HOLT, specialized equity research team.

Master of Finance graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Bachelors in Business Administration from Northeastern.

University & University of the Sacred Heart.

Taylor Barling

Managing Partner

Taylor Barling is a Managing Partner at Sakal Ventures. He assists in managing client development, operations, secondary transactions, and the firm’s investment process.

Prior to Sakal Ventures, Taylor was an Associate at Sakal Capital Management. Taylor executed trades in conjunction with the firm’s portfolio manager and research team. Additionally, he managed the firm’s relationship with multiple prime brokers.

Before joining Sakal Capital Management, Taylor Barling was a stockbroker at Light Capital Group, managing portfolios for individuals.

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