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At Causeway Media Parters, we invest in sports media and technology companies to accelerate growth. We use our operating success, investment expertise, and sports experience to offer critical insights for our portfolio companies.

We are growth stage investors with a global mandate. We have $345M in capital under management.  If you think your company is a good fit, reach out to us at info@causewaymp.com.

  Wyc Grousbeck  (wyc@causewaymp.com), Cambridge Office  Wyc has more than 25 years of investment, operating and legal experience. In 2002, Wyc conceived of and led the acquisition of the Boston Celtics, then a publicly-traded company, and became CEO and NBA Governor of the team. Wyc is a member of the Media, Executive, Audit, Compensation, Planning and Labor Committees of the NBA.  Wyc was a General Partner of Highland Capital Partners from 1995 to 2002. While at Highland, he worked closely with Bob Higgins and frequently co-invested with Mark Wan. His early career included time spent as a venture capital lawyer and a business development manager.  Wyc serves on the Board of Directors of Formula E Holdings, Comcast SportsNet New England and as Chairman of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He is a graduate of Princeton University where he rowed varsity crew. He also holds a law degree from the University of Michigan and earned an MBA from Stanford Business School.

Wyc Grousbeck (wyc@causewaymp.com), Cambridge Office

Wyc has more than 25 years of investment, operating and legal experience. In 2002, Wyc conceived of and led the acquisition of the Boston Celtics, then a publicly-traded company, and became CEO and NBA Governor of the team. Wyc is a member of the Media, Executive, Audit, Compensation, Planning and Labor Committees of the NBA.

Wyc was a General Partner of Highland Capital Partners from 1995 to 2002. While at Highland, he worked closely with Bob Higgins and frequently co-invested with Mark Wan. His early career included time spent as a venture capital lawyer and a business development manager.

Wyc serves on the Board of Directors of Formula E Holdings, Comcast SportsNet New England and as Chairman of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He is a graduate of Princeton University where he rowed varsity crew. He also holds a law degree from the University of Michigan and earned an MBA from Stanford Business School.

  Bob Higgins  (bob@causewaymp.com), Cambridge Office  Bob has over 30 years of venture and private equity investment experience. From 1988 to 2013, he was General Partner and Co-Founder of Highland Capital Partners, an investment firm that has raised over $3 billion of capital across nine funds. During his tenure, Bob worked with Wyc Grousbeck and frequently co-invested with Mark Wan.  In 2012, Bob was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a former director of the National Venture Capital Association and president of the New England Venture Capital Association. The Forbes Midas List and AlwaysOn Venture Capital 100 recognized him as one of the top venture capitalists in the industry.  Before starting in venture capital, Bob was the executive director of 3 private foundations in New York. Bob is a former Assistant to both the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and the head of the international division of the U.S. Treasury.  Bob is a graduate of Harvard University where he played varsity hockey. Also, he earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he is a part-time faculty member.

Bob Higgins (bob@causewaymp.com), Cambridge Office

Bob has over 30 years of venture and private equity investment experience. From 1988 to 2013, he was General Partner and Co-Founder of Highland Capital Partners, an investment firm that has raised over $3 billion of capital across nine funds. During his tenure, Bob worked with Wyc Grousbeck and frequently co-invested with Mark Wan.

In 2012, Bob was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a former director of the National Venture Capital Association and president of the New England Venture Capital Association. The Forbes Midas List and AlwaysOn Venture Capital 100 recognized him as one of the top venture capitalists in the industry.

Before starting in venture capital, Bob was the executive director of 3 private foundations in New York. Bob is a former Assistant to both the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and the head of the international division of the U.S. Treasury.

Bob is a graduate of Harvard University where he played varsity hockey. Also, he earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he is a part-time faculty member.

  Mark Wan  (mark@causewaymp.com), Palo Alto Office  Mark brings over a quarter century of successful private equity and venture investment experience to the firm. Prior to forming Causeway, he was a co-founding partner of Three Arch Partners from 1993 to 2012, a healthcare- focused investment firm that raised over $1 billion of capital commitments across five funds. During his tenure at Three Arch Partners, Mark often co-invested alongside Wyc Grousbeck and Bob Higgins at Highland Capital. Prior to Three Arch Partners, Mark was a general partner at Brentwood Associates, a private equity firm headquartered in Los Angeles.  Mark was a key part of the investment group that purchased the Boston Celtics in 2002. In addition to being an owner in the Celtics, Mark is also an owner in the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers. Mark is a former director of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists.  Mark is a graduate of Yale University and earned an MBA from Stanford Business School. At Yale, he was a varsity swimmer and water polo player.

Mark Wan (mark@causewaymp.com), Palo Alto Office

Mark brings over a quarter century of successful private equity and venture investment experience to the firm. Prior to forming Causeway, he was a co-founding partner of Three Arch Partners from 1993 to 2012, a healthcare- focused investment firm that raised over $1 billion of capital commitments across five funds. During his tenure at Three Arch Partners, Mark often co-invested alongside Wyc Grousbeck and Bob Higgins at Highland Capital. Prior to Three Arch Partners, Mark was a general partner at Brentwood Associates, a private equity firm headquartered in Los Angeles.

Mark was a key part of the investment group that purchased the Boston Celtics in 2002. In addition to being an owner in the Celtics, Mark is also an owner in the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers. Mark is a former director of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists.

Mark is a graduate of Yale University and earned an MBA from Stanford Business School. At Yale, he was a varsity swimmer and water polo player.

  Dave Poltack  (dave@causewaymp.com), Cambridge Office  Dave has over 20 years of private equity and venture capital experience. As Causeway’s Chief Financial Officer, Dave is responsible for all financial, operational and administrative functions of the firm including financial reporting, human resources, facilities, IT and investor relations.  From 2011 to 2017, Dave was the Chief Financial Officer and a Managing Director at Globespan Capital Partners, an IT focused global venture capital firm that raised over $1 billion of capital commitments across six funds. His early career included time spent at TVM Capital, a global venture capital firm, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Dave currently serves on the Board of Directors of Credit Sesame, the Private Equity CFO Association in Boston and as Treasurer of TiE's Boston Chapter, a not for profit organization promoting entrepreneurship. David earned a bachelor degree in Accountancy, with honors, from Boston College, an MBA, with honors, from Suffolk University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Dave Poltack (dave@causewaymp.com), Cambridge Office

Dave has over 20 years of private equity and venture capital experience. As Causeway’s Chief Financial Officer, Dave is responsible for all financial, operational and administrative functions of the firm including financial reporting, human resources, facilities, IT and investor relations.

From 2011 to 2017, Dave was the Chief Financial Officer and a Managing Director at Globespan Capital Partners, an IT focused global venture capital firm that raised over $1 billion of capital commitments across six funds. His early career included time spent at TVM Capital, a global venture capital firm, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Dave currently serves on the Board of Directors of Credit Sesame, the Private Equity CFO Association in Boston and as Treasurer of TiE's Boston Chapter, a not for profit organization promoting entrepreneurship. David earned a bachelor degree in Accountancy, with honors, from Boston College, an MBA, with honors, from Suffolk University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

  Jasmine Robinson  (jasmine@causewaymp.com), Palo Alto Office  Jasmine joined Causeway in 2017 as a Director and is responsible for deal sourcing, diligence, and portfolio operations.   Prior to Causeway, Jasmine held sports-focused investing roles with The Raine Group and the San Francisco 49ers family office.  Prior to that, she worked for the 49ers where she led strategic projects across sponsorship, ticket sales, stadium technology, retail, and concessions.  Jasmine began her career at Bain & Company where she worked with retail and technology companies to support strategy development and operational improvements.  Jasmine received her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business where she was an Arjay Miller Scholar and her AB from Harvard University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Jasmine Robinson (jasmine@causewaymp.com), Palo Alto Office

Jasmine joined Causeway in 2017 as a Director and is responsible for deal sourcing, diligence, and portfolio operations. 

Prior to Causeway, Jasmine held sports-focused investing roles with The Raine Group and the San Francisco 49ers family office.  Prior to that, she worked for the 49ers where she led strategic projects across sponsorship, ticket sales, stadium technology, retail, and concessions.  Jasmine began her career at Bain & Company where she worked with retail and technology companies to support strategy development and operational improvements.

Jasmine received her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business where she was an Arjay Miller Scholar and her AB from Harvard University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

  Chris Warren  (chris@causewaymp.com), Cambridge Office  Chris joined Causeway in 2017 as a Director and is responsible for deal sourcing, diligence, and portfolio operations.   He has worked at a variety of sports-related investment firms, including Moorad Sports Partners, Park Lane, and KB Partners, and brings relevant industry knowledge and experience to Causeway’s investment team. Earlier in his career, Chris worked at Cambridge Associates, a global investment advisory firm, where he was responsible for portfolio management and investment research on behalf of institutional investors and private clients.  Chris received his MBA from Kellogg School of Management and his BA with Honors from Williams College.

Chris Warren (chris@causewaymp.com), Cambridge Office

Chris joined Causeway in 2017 as a Director and is responsible for deal sourcing, diligence, and portfolio operations. 

He has worked at a variety of sports-related investment firms, including Moorad Sports Partners, Park Lane, and KB Partners, and brings relevant industry knowledge and experience to Causeway’s investment team. Earlier in his career, Chris worked at Cambridge Associates, a global investment advisory firm, where he was responsible for portfolio management and investment research on behalf of institutional investors and private clients.

Chris received his MBA from Kellogg School of Management and his BA with Honors from Williams College.

  Wendy Cooper  (wendy@causewaymp.com)  Executive Assistant, Wyc Grousbeck

Wendy Cooper (wendy@causewaymp.com)

Executive Assistant, Wyc Grousbeck

  Jossette Curtis  (jossette@causewaymp.com)  Executive Assistant, Mark Wan and Jasmine Robinson

Jossette Curtis (jossette@causewaymp.com)

Executive Assistant, Mark Wan and Jasmine Robinson

  Patty   McKinnon  (patty@causewaymp.com)  Executive Assistant, Bob Higgins

Patty McKinnon (patty@causewaymp.com)

Executive Assistant, Bob Higgins

News

Former NFL partner QuintEvents signs with NFLPA to develop player events

SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY--Call it a free-agent defection. QuintEvents, once the NFL’s longtime sales agency for Super Bowl ticket and hospitality packages, has signed a multiyear deal with the NFL Players Association, under which it will sell similar packages wrapped around player events.

“Other than going to the game itself, the No. 1 request we get from customers is the ability to see a player, meet a player, get up close and hear their stories,” said QuintEvents President Brian Ruede. “This allows us to deliver a fan experience focused on the players and the game. From our point of view, player interaction is the ultimate fan experience.”

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SeatGeek Announces Industry-Shifting Primary Ticketing Partnership with Dallas Cowboys

DALLAS COWBOYS -- SeatGeek today announced a monumental partnership with the Dallas Cowboys Football Club, making SeatGeek the primary ticketing platform for the team, AT&T Stadium, and Ford Center. The Cowboys - ranked by Forbes Magazine as the most valuable sports team in the world - will use SeatGeek’s innovative capabilities to deliver a better ticketing experience to their fans, while at the same time gaining additional customer insights and revenue. The Cowboys are the second NFL team to announce a primary ticketing partnership with SeatGeek, joining the New Orleans Saints.

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Charlotte company finds big winnings in Kentucky Derby weekend, other VIP experiences

A Charlotte corporate sports entertainment company keeps making hay at the Kentucky Derby. This weekend, that company, QuintEvents, will wine and dine 6,000 guests as part of the Run for the Roses — an increase of 50% since 2016 and quadruple the amount when the program started in 2007.

Churchill Downs (NASDAQ:CHDN), the publicly traded home of the famed horse race, remains one of QuintEvents’ top clients, part of a roster that grew with the additions of Formula 1 auto racing and an NFL Players Association-Super Bowl alliance during the past year. The Charlotte company formed in 2004 in the basement of co-founder and CEO Brian Learst’s home and relocated here several years later.

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    Causeway Media Partners’ Bob Higgins Discusses Trends In Sports Tech

    SPORT TECHIE--Causeway Media Partners, a growth-stage venture firm focusing on sports technology, sports media and related companies, recently closed an oversubscribed investment round of $211.3 million for its second fund, well above its $175 million target.

    Founded by Wyc Grousbeck, Mark Wan and Bob Higgins, Causeway raised $130 million for its first fund in 2013, investing in such recognizable brands as Formula E, SeatGeek, SportsEngine, TuneIn and FloSports. Grousbeck is the Boston Celtics’ lead owner, Wan is part-owner of the Celtics and the San Francisco 49ers, and Higgins is a co-founder of Highland Capital Partners.

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    FloSports adds Rugby Channel to its arsenal

    FloSports inked a deal to bring The Rugby Channel under its umbrella from Rugby International Marketing. The deal immediately awards FloSports the rights to all matches previously under The Rugby Channel and brings 51 new competitions annually to FloRugby.com. FloSports also announced that World Rugby Hall of Famer Phaidra Knight will join FloRugby as a regular contributor, providing live commentary, columns, training and technique videos, and other content to the site. In addition, FloRugby will provide extended exclusive access to USA Rugby, giving fans all new ways to keep up with their favorite players and teams.

    “Rugby is one of the fastest-growing sports in America, and this deal allows us to elevate the coverage of the sport to new heights,” FloSports co-founder and COO Mark Floreani said. “We want to provide fans a platform to connect with and follow their favorite athletes and teams, and to discover more live rugby than they’ve ever had access to. This is an exciting day for rugby fans.”

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