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TREVOR ZIMMERMAN

MANAGING PARTNER

Trevor’s diverse background ranges from co-founding an early stage investment fund, to designing high performance batteries for the Navy, to developing alloys for biomedical implants. As the principal engineer in the Technology Development Division of Kurion, Inc he was responsible for the development of radioactive wastewater treatment technologies used at Fukushima.

He has lectured and published in the areas of venture capital, entrepreneurship, advanced materials, environmental engineering, and radiochemistry, and holds a patent for making carbon nanopipes and ductwork with nanomeric walls. He is dedicated to using his diverse technical and entrepreneurial background to support all facets of early stage venture development.

Trevor frequently serves as an instructor, mentor, and judge for a variety of institutions including the Department of Energy, Stanford University, and MIT. He completed a post-graduate research appointment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and holds a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Clemson University and a B.A. in Chemistry from Alfred University. 

PHILIP O'CONNOR

MANAGING PARTNER

Prior to joining Blackhorn, Philip was co-founder and CEO of PAX Pure, an industrial water treatment company. He led the company from early prototyping and seed financing, to securing a large strategic partner for an in-field pilot treatment plant.

For the past five years Philip has been an investor and advisor focusing on water technology, energy, and bioscience. Philip’s interest in early stage ventures started with his appreciation for the natural world. This grew with his first job out of college, working at The Biomimicry Institute in Montana, which helped team engineers with biologists to create the next generation of clean technologies. 

Philip has a diverse educational background, which includes studies in America, England, Switzerland, China, and New Zealand, and an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School. 

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JACK FUCHS

OPERATING PARTNER

After a successful career as an operating leader for public and private companies, Jack began advising early stage companies in 2003. His investments, board memberships, and advisory positions are in the areas of Information Tech, Clean Tech, and Med Tech.

Jack has served as CFO for emerging companies including: NextBio - a big-data genomics company, Motiv Power Systems - a commercial electric vehicle company, and ForteBio - a private lifesciences technology company. Previously, he has held leadership positions at public and private companies including IPWireless and Lumitrend - both of which yielded successful exits.

Previously in his career, Jack held several senior positions with Becton Dickinson & Company including Vice President Worldwide Marketing and was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company, where he focused on healthcare.

In addition to his entrepreneurial pursuits, Jack is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Stanford University. He holds an AB in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford University. 

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JORDANNA SCHUTZ

OPERATING PARTNER

Jordanna Schutz is an investor, technologist, and entrepreneur.  She has previously invested in areas such as big data, predictive analytics, healthcare, and engineering design and has often taken an active role in moving companies from ideation to commercialization. 

Previously, Jordanna was the founding Director of Development at bluemountain.com, where she leddevelopment teams and designed and implemented monetization strategies that resulted in several spin-off companies.  In 1999, she founded Lucidity Inc., an early peer-to-peer payment platform.  She served on the board of Provide Commerce through itsIPO and 2006 acquisition. Her background also includes several years of consulting related to emerging technologies and security. 

Jordanna holds a S.M. from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, and an A.B. from Harvard University in Physics and Mathematics. 

While a student, she gained tremendous appreciation for the front-lines of applied science through her experiences as a Research Assistant in nanotechnology, in behavioral economics, and in Artificial Intelligence.  

 
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RYAN HURST

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Ryan has over 15 years of experience managing investments ranging from public markets to early stage ventures. He enjoys working closely with entrepreneurs and has successfully led all aspects of business development with versatility in a wide range of industries from fashion to finance to engineering-based companies.

Ryan has been responsible for strategizing, sourcing, negotiating, and closing: capital raises from family offices, institutional, and strategic investors; global distributor networks; key accounts; celebrity endorsements; licensing and royalty agreements; corporate partnerships; and production contracts with overseas factories and suppliers.

Ryan has a BBA in Finance from SMU. He enjoys mountaineering and has climbed all of the 55 official 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado.