Exploring limitless potential.
Bringing ideas to scale.

Exploring
limitless
potential.
Bringing ideas
to scale.

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Creating tomorrow
across industries.

We don’t pretend to know where the revolution is going. Instead, we’re helping build it.

Throughout our portfolio—from investments in artificial intelligence to education, publishing, medical devices, and entertainment—we’re developing cross-sector talent with a focus on unlocking the full capabilities of data, insights, and machine learning.

As part of this commitment, we are creating the world’s leading AI Innovation Network with partners across sectors, including ASU, IU-Kelley School of Business, The House Fund at Berkeley and BAIR, as well as a number of corporate partners.

Tomorrow

Creating tomorrow
across industries.

We don’t pretend to know where the revolution is going. Instead, we’re helping build it.

Throughout our portfolio—from investments in artificial intelligence to education, publishing, medical devices, and entertainment—we’re developing cross-sector talent with a focus on unlocking the full capabilities of data, insights, and machine learning.

As part of this commitment, we are creating the world’s leading AI Innovation Network with partners across sectors, including ASU, IU-Kelley School of Business, The House Fund at Berkeley and BAIR, as well as a number of corporate partners.

Fearless people
with fearless ideas.

We’re not afraid of revolutionary change because it’s been at the center of our trajectory for more than 30 years across more than a dozen industries.

We’ve taken technology from our imaginations into households across the world and we’re always looking for the next great idea—not because it’s a straight line to profit but because we’re risk-takers who love a good story.

Ours started with two teenage brothers and a lawn-mowing business. Let’s hear yours.

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Tim Crown

Tim Crown,

Principal

Tim Crown is Chairman of the Board and former CEO of publicly held Insight Enterprises. Crown started Insight with his brother Eric, taking the company from a small startup into 22 countries with more than 7,000 worldwide employees and $7 billion in annual revenue.
Partners since they were teens, Crown and his brother see opportunities to leverage knowledge and capital virtually everywhere. Together, they challenge business owners, empower staff to take risks and lead from the front—little surprise, since Tim and his brother are the sons of a military officer.

Eric Crown

Eric Crown,

Principal

Serial entrepreneur and investor Eric Crown has been building and investing in companies, from start-ups to multibillion-dollar public enterprises, for more than 30 years. A leader known for creating high-performance cultures and streamlined business processes, his mantra of "eliminate it, automate it, or administrate it" took Insight Enterprises, which he co-founded with his brother Tim, to more than $5 billion in annual sales and a position on the Fortune 500 list.

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Fearless people
with fearless ideas.

We’re not afraid of revolutionary change because it’s been at the center of our trajectory for more than 30 years across more than a dozen industries.

We’ve taken technology from our imaginations into households across the world and we’re always looking for the next great idea—not because it’s a straight line to profit but because we’re risk-takers who love a good story.

Ours started with two teenage brothers and a lawn-mowing business. Let’s hear yours.

Tim Crown

Tim Crown,

Principal

Tim Crown is Chairman of the Board and former CEO of publicly held Insight Enterprises. Crown started Insight with his brother Eric, taking the company from a small startup into 22 countries with more than 7,000 worldwide employees and $7 billion in annual revenue.
Partners since they were teens, Crown and his brother see opportunities to leverage knowledge and capital virtually everywhere. Together, they challenge business owners, empower staff to take risks and lead from the front—little surprise, since Tim and his brother are the sons of a military officer.

Eric Crown

Eric Crown,

Principal

Serial entrepreneur and investor Eric Crown has been building and investing in companies, from start-ups to multibillion-dollar public enterprises, for more than 30 years. A leader known for creating high-performance cultures and streamlined business processes, his mantra of "eliminate it, automate it, or administrate it" took Insight Enterprises, which he co-founded with his brother Tim, to more than $5 billion in annual sales and a position on the Fortune 500 list.

Revolution

We know how
to recognize
a revolutionary idea,
but we don’t stop
there.

We invest in ideas that excite us and people who are committed to seeing their idea all the way through.

Our personal capital, relentless drive, decades of experience, and an international network of partners can drive any idea to its fullest potential.

We know how
to recognize
a revolutionary idea,
but we don’t stop there.

We invest in ideas that excite us and people who are committed to seeing their idea all the way through. Our personal capital, relentless drive, decades of experience, and an international network of partners can drive any idea to its fullest potential.

We know what it
takes because
we’ve done it.

We have hands-on experience building businesses from a single-room office to a booming international enterprise, and we have fun doing it.

Every business is different and every market requires its own approach, but we adhere to four distinct principles can we believe can successfully bring any great idea to scale.

01 - More than finance

We aren’t interested in writing a check and saying good luck. We speak directly to our partners in one-on-one calls, and leverage all of our resources to advise, assist, and strengthen our partners.

02 - Flexible profitability

The path to scale isn’t always clear cut. We know shifting strategy is sometimes the best move. We remain flexible to give good ideas the space they need to grow—no matter where the market goes.

03 - Growth from anywhere

There’s always room to improve. Our support takes many forms, but is always tailored to the right scale, shared goals, and realities of the market. We invest in all stages from early-stage ventures to growth capital and equity.

04 - Thriving together

Our thriving portfolio benefits every investment we make. We have access to tomorrow’s technology, endless data, and brilliant international teams spanning sectors from financial services to entertainment.
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We know
what it takes
because
we’ve done it.

We have hands-on experience building businesses from a single-room office to a booming international enterprise, and we have fun doing it.

Every business is different and every market requires its own approach, but we adhere to four distinct principles we believe can successfully bring any great idea to scale.

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01 - More than finance

We aren’t interested in writing a check and saying good luck. We speak directly to our partners in one-on-one calls, and leverage all of our resources to advise, assist, and strengthen our partners.

02 - Flexible profitability

The path to scale isn’t always clear cut. We know shifting strategy is sometimes the best move. We remain flexible to give good ideas the space they need to grow—no matter where the market goes.

03 - Growth from anywhere

There’s always room to improve. Our support takes many forms, but is always tailored to the right scale, shared goals, and realities of the market. We invest in all stages from early-stage ventures to growth capital and equity.

04 - Thriving together

Our thriving portfolio benefits every investment we make. We have access to tomorrow’s technology, endless data, and brilliant international teams spanning sectors from financial services to entertainment.

Entrepreneurs
and operators.

We’re not just investors.
We are entrepreneurs and operations experts who understand the demands of business across sectors and at
any scale.

Reuben Vandeventer,

Chief Data Officer

Reuben Vandeventer has been helping to shape the data space for more than a decade, across many industries including medical device, pharmaceutical, insurance, and asset management. As the data space has rapidly evolved in the last few years, his background in science, statistics, and finance has created a robust foundation to create real economic value for organizations in new and innovative ways.

Dirk Shaw,

Chief Marketing Officer

Dirk has been envisioning new ways to integrate digital platforms to help some of the world's biggest brands. His experience crosses almost every vertical in both b2c and b2b with clients ranging from Delta Air Lines, Ford Motor Company and Bank Of America to name a few. Dirk has created an entirely new marketing playbook using the power of narrative, big data, and technology to engage audiences and grow revenue in an ever-more crowded and noisy environment.

Jim Weldon,

Managing Director

Jim has co-founded six companies over the last 20+ years and established a number of strategic alliances that have resulted in over $250 million in net-new business. His efforts in business intelligence, e-commerce, social networking, technology, and entertainment have led to board of director roles for over a dozen companies during the last two decades. Jim has worked with such notable clients as Intel, General Electric, HP, Dell, Sun Microsystems, AllState, Bank of America, in addition to smaller firms like Microcom, Vistage, Plantronics, EVB, and Vignette.

Stan Laybourne,

Chief Financial Officer

Stan is a business executive with over 45 years of business experience that includes being an audit partner of a national CPA firm, CEO of a national bank holding company, CFO of a "Fortune 500" company as well as an entrepreneur associated with numerous start-up companies. He has assisted multiple companies from the start-up phase including taking one company to a "Fortune 500" company status.

Michael O’Brien,

General Counsel

Michael has served as the primary legal advisor for AZ Crown and its affiliates since 2009, and has focused on transactional and corporate law throughout his career. Upon graduation from law school, Michael worked in the Corporate Department of the Los Angeles Office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where his practice centered around mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and hostile takeover preparedness. He also served as Operations Counsel for Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc., where he was in charge of managing all legal issues for the Airports division.

Amanda Darling,

Controller

Amanda Darling is AZ Crown’s controller, where she handles accounting and taxes for dozens of its many entities and investments.  Darling revived a small Tempe-based retail operation by personally hiring and training a full staff while more than doubling the company’s sales and net income by improving the customer experience. Darling has two undergraduate degrees in finance and mathematics from Arizona State University and a master’s in accounting with a focus on tax from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently a CPA candidate.

Tom Bratkovitch,

Executive Advisor

Entrepreneurs
and operators.

We’re not just investors. We are entrepreneurs and operations experts who understand the demands of business across sectors and at any scale.

Reuben Vandeventer,

Chief Data Officer

Reuben Vandeventer has been helping to shape the data space for more than a decade, across many industries including medical device, pharmaceutical, insurance, and asset management. As the data space has rapidly evolved in the last few years, his background in science, statistics, and finance has created a robust foundation to create real economic value for organizations in new and innovative ways.

Dirk Shaw,

Chief Marketing Officer

Dirk has been envisioning new ways to integrate digital platforms to help some of the world's biggest brands. His experience crosses almost every vertical in both b2c and b2b with clients ranging from Delta Air Lines, Ford Motor Company and Bank Of America to name a few. Dirk has created an entirely new marketing playbook using the power of narrative, big data, and technology to engage audiences and grow revenue in an ever-more crowded and noisy environment.

Jim Weldon,

Managing Director

Jim has co-founded six companies over the last 20+ years and established a number of strategic alliances that have resulted in over $250 million in net-new business. His efforts in business intelligence, e-commerce, social networking, technology, and entertainment have led to board of director roles for over a dozen companies during the last two decades. Jim has worked with such notable clients as Intel, General Electric, HP, Dell, Sun Microsystems, AllState, Bank of America, in addition to smaller firms like Microcom, Vistage, Plantronics, EVB, and Vignette.

Stan Laybourne,

Chief Financial Officer

Stan is a business executive with over 45 years of business experience that includes being an audit partner of a national CPA firm, CEO of a national bank holding company, CFO of a "Fortune 500" company as well as an entrepreneur associated with numerous start-up companies. He has assisted multiple companies from the start-up phase including taking one company to a "Fortune 500" company status.

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Michael O’Brien,

General Counsel

Michael has served as the primary legal advisor for AZ Crown and its affiliates since 2009, and has focused on transactional and corporate law throughout his career. Upon graduation from law school, Michael worked in the Corporate Department of the Los Angeles Office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where his practice centered around mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and hostile takeover preparedness. He also served as Operations Counsel for Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc., where he was in charge of managing all legal issues for the Airports division.

Amanda Darling,

Controller

Amanda Darling is AZ Crown’s controller, where she handles accounting and taxes for dozens of its many entities and investments. She brings a breadth of experience to her role, including sales and marketing, branding, data analysis, and hands-on skills—in a previous role, Darling revived a small Tempe-based retail operation by personally hiring and training a full staff while more than doubling the company’s sales and net income by improving the customer experience. Darling has two undergraduate degrees in finance and mathematics from Arizona State University and a master’s in accounting with a focus on tax from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently a CPA candidate.

Our Portfolio -
A network of
leaders.

Insight

Insight helps businesses run more efficiently and modernize with cutting-edge technology solutions for organizations of all sizes. With over 7000 teammates worldwide, Insight has been ranked in the top 50 best technology workplaces and top 100 best workplaces for diversity by Fortune.

Stormwind

Stormwind brings an immersive digital experience to the world of professional e-learning. Their flexible online training environment scales to any team, any learner, and any device.

Redcat

Redcat has become the premier name for fast, affordable and fun remote-controlled surface vehicles. They offer a range of gas, nitro and electric powered vehicles that are ready to run at any price range.

Freestar

Freestar brings together industry experts and the latest technology to enable client’s sites to operate at an enterprise level.

Trovo

Trovo is the first collective of technologists, data scientists, designers and researchers created to address the scarcity in AI talent. Partners like Arizona State University and startup accelerator Coplex give Trovo unprecedented access to the brightest minds, and resources to scale rapidly.

Quickspark

QuickSpark helps businesses grow with simple financing, equipment leasing and world-class service. By partnering with an elite group of equipment sellers, they’ve helped thousands of businesses obtain the equipment financing they need.

Coplex

Coplex helps non-coding, industry experts start successful tech companies, bringing ideas to revenue in as little as 8 weeks and obtaining a seed-ready, $5 million valuation in as little as 9 months.

Summit School

Summit School offers a rigorous, STEM-based curriculum stimulate intellectual curiosity, creative problem solving, and social-emotional growth for preschool through eighth grade students.

Sunset Sleep

As Southern California’s leading sleep specialists, Sunset Sleep Disorders Center diagnose and treat patients with sleeping disorders at sleep centers throughout Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Avai Mobile

Avai provides native apps, central management, best-in-class services, and customization to all clients, from parks, festivals, and venues to franchises and more.

FLG

Flagstaff Extreme provides a safe, fun, physical and unique outdoor experience in the trees for tourists and residents of northern Arizona.

Nocira

Nocira is a drug-free medical device for the treatment of migraine headaches. Controlled via Bluetooth by the Nocira App, the system is in the pre-FDA trial period and is being tested and perfected by partner vendors.

Black Pearl

Black Pearl makes the most of email signatures by helping clients capitalize on their corporate email with seamlessly embedded advertising and analytics, driving measurable positive engagement and ROI.

Data Hire

Data Hire is transforming candidate selection for their clients with their data-driven approach to finding dream candidates for any role.

 

Surface Media
 

Surface Media is a storytelling company that looks at the world through the lens of design. With various channels, including print magazines, websites, social media, live events, and custom publishing, they set the standard for quality across a vast range of creative disciplines and industries. Their signature magazine, Surface Magazine, is based in NYC.

 

LightBox Productions

LightBox Productions is a a Hollywood film investment firm with the goal of bringing films to life. They are best known for the reboot of the 1980 movie series, Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles. With gross box office sales, PPV, and merchandise of over $1 billion on their first 2 projects, LightBox seeks to extend this success with 3 more projects due in 2020.
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Does your business have what it takes to become a part of the AZ Crown Investments Family?

Our Portfolio -
A network of leaders.

logoInsight-x2

Insight helps businesses run more efficiently and modernize with cutting-edge technology solutions for organizations of all sizes. With over 7000 teammates worldwide, Insight has been ranked in the top 50 best technology workplaces and top 100 best workplaces for diversity by Fortune.

logoStormwind-x2

Stormwind brings an immersive digital experience to the world of professional e-learning. Their flexible online training environment scales to any team, any learner, and any device.

logoRedcat-x2

Redcat has become the premier name for fast, affordable and fun remote-controlled surface vehicles. They offer a range of gas, nitro and electric powered vehicles that are ready to run at any price range.

logoFreestar-x2

Freestar brings together industry experts and the latest technology to enable client’s sites to operate at an enterprise level.

logoTrovo-x2

Trovo is the first collective of technologists, data scientists, designers and researchers created to address the scarcity in AI talent. Partners like Arizona State University and startup accelerator Coplex give Trovo unprecedented access to the brightest minds, and resources to scale rapidly.

logoQuickspark-x2

QuickSpark helps businesses grow with simple financing, equipment leasing and world-class service. By partnering with an elite group of equipment sellers, they’ve helped thousands of businesses obtain the equipment financing they need.

logoCoplex-x2

Coplex helps non-coding, industry experts start successful tech companies, bringing ideas to revenue in as little as 8 weeks and obtaining a seed-ready, $5 million valuation in as little as 9 months.

logoSummitSchool-x2

Summit School offers a rigorous, STEM-based curriculum stimulate intellectual curiosity, creative problem solving, and social-emotional growth for preschool through eighth grade students.

logoSunsetSleep-x2

As Southern California’s leading sleep specialists, Sunset Sleep Disorders Center diagnose and treat patients with sleeping disorders at sleep centers throughout Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

logoAvaiMobile-x2

Avai provides native apps, central management, best-in-class services, and customization to all clients, from parks, festivals, and venues to franchises and more.

logoFLG-x2

Flagstaff Extreme provides a safe, fun, physical and unique outdoor experience in the trees for tourists and residents of northern Arizona.

logoNocira-x2

Nocira is a drug-free medical device for the treatment of migraine headaches. Controlled via Bluetooth by the Nocira App, the system is in the pre-FDA trial period and is being tested and perfected by partner vendors.

logoBlackPearl-x2

Black Pearl makes the most of email signatures by helping clients capitalize on their corporate email with seamlessly embedded advertising and analytics, driving measurable positive engagement and ROI.

logoDataHire-x2

Data Hire is transforming candidate selection for their clients with their data-driven approach to finding dream candidates for any role.

SURFACE_MEDIA_logo

Surface Media is a storytelling company that looks at the world through the lens of design. With various channels, including print magazines, websites, social media, live events, and custom publishing, they set the standard for quality across a vast range of creative disciplines and industries. Their signature magazine, Surface Magazine, is based in NYC.

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LightBox Productions is a a Hollywood film investment firm with the goal of bringing films to life. They are best known for the reboot of the 1980 movie series, Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles. With gross box office sales, PPV, and merchandise of over $1 billion on their first 2 projects, LightBox seeks to extend this success with 3 more projects due in 2020.

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Does your business have what it takes
to become a part of the AZ Crown Investments Family?

Contact us.

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