Brett Kadesh joined Touchdown Ventures in 2016 in their San Francisco office. Prior to Touchdown, Brett spent 5 years in start-up environments bringing technology-enabled products to market, after 5 years working in the financial sector. At the intersection of these two worlds is Brett’s current focus at Touchdown on consumer investment opportunities, with specific interests in commerce and consumer-packaged-goods (CPG).
Brett holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he earned the Easton Technology Management Certificate, and received a BA in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was awarded an Entrepreneurship Certificate from the Technology Management Program.
Aside from professional life, Brett loves to explore the world. He’s traveled to over 40 countries across 6 continents, as well as most of the United States, and has a lifelong goal to visit all 196 countries in the world.
Brett spent the first part of his career building a foundation in finance and accounting, first in the Strategic Growth Markets group at Ernst & Young where he earned his CPA, followed by Versant Ventures where he was the youngest Board Member of the VCBC.
Following his entrepreneurial passions, Brett transitioned into growth roles in the start-up world and spent 5 years working at two start-ups in the technology-enabled toy space. He joined Ridemakerz in a strategy role splitting time between retail, wholesale, and ecommerce divisions, before becoming Head of Ecommerce where he focused on managing the business to profitability. After Ridemakerz, Brett was brought on to Backyard Sports as the Finance & Operations lead, where he helped launch the companies first digital and physical product lines on App. stores and at mass retailers.
Most recently, Brett held venture internships at Bullpen Capital, Velos Partners, and the UCLA Venture Capital Fund, while completing his MBA at UCLA Anderson.
Favorite team: Philadelphia Eagles (season ticket holder for 25 yrs)
Favorite player: Randall Cunningham #12
Favorite moment: Donovan McNabb’s “touchdown” pass to L.J. Smith in Super Bowl XXXIX to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead over the Patriots.