William Crowder is the Founding Partner of 42 Venture Partners, a seed stage venture capital fund investing in the technology that improves the way we work and live. His firm is based in New York and is also an active investor in emerging tech hubs including Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Raleigh-Durham.
Prior to founding 42VP, William led the Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund, a $20 million fund designed to invest in entrepreneurs of color. While at Comcast Ventures the Catalyst Fund made over 70 investments and the portfolio includes several high growth companies such as Cuyana, AptDeco, Maker’s Row, Partpic (exited), and LiveNinja (exited). During his time at Comcast, William was a partner at Dreamit Ventures, a pre-seed venture firm and startup accelerator where he worked closely with over 100 upstart companies.
Before becoming a professional investor, William founded a strategy and business development company that specialized in guiding traditional media companies into the digital world. He formerly led strategic efforts at AOL, Thomson Reuters, and Radio One and was a strategy consultant at Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman).
William has been named one of the “Great People Spearheading Change in Tech Investment” by Silicon Republic and has been recognized as an “Inclusive Entrepreneurship Champion” by the Case Foundation.
William holds an M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Science from North Carolina State University, where he was a SAS scholar and IBM research fellow. He currently resides in the Philadelphia area and is an aspiring amateur photographer.
Modern and Emerging art collector. D’Agostino owned an art gallery in the Lower East Side that specialized in a new approach to collecting mixing art of all genres together into well curated shows. He has a passion for a broad range of art and he also understand the nuanced and very specific knowledge base you need in each to make the right decisions on which artist to buy to diversify a collectors across hundreds of years.
Ed Dartley is a partner in the firm’s New York office where he is a member of the Investment Management, Hedge Funds and Alternative Investments practice group. Mr. Dartley concentrates his practice on all facets of the asset management industry, with particular focuses on the alternative investment asset classes, private equity, and venture capital funds, and managed accounts, as well as regulatory, compliance and operational matters, compliance audits, and internal governance. He advises numerous emerging and middle market private equity clients and other alternative asset managers on a wide range of issues facing the industry today.
Mr. Dartley also focuses his practice on advising energy-focused alternative asset managers and companies on a wide variety of matters, and has worked with industry players in both the traditional and alternative energy industries. In addition, he has extensive experience advising clients in the fintech and marketplace lending (peer to-peer) industries.
With over a decade of experience as in-house counsel and chief compliance officer with an asset management group of registered investment advisers and private equity fund managers, Mr. Dartley has deep in-house experience and a unique perspective on how asset management works from the inside. Mr. Dartley continues to utilize this experience by serving as general counsel to a number of clients of the firm.
Mr. Dartley also is a founding member of the Bloomberg Alternative Marketing Council, an advisory board founded by Bloomberg to define best practices in marketing for the alternatives industry.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Dartley was a partner in the New York office of a national law firm. Prior to that, he was counsel and chief compliance officer with a registered investment advisor with several billion dollars under management.
- Serve as outside general counsel to a $1 billion renewable energy private equity fund, advising on a wide variety of management company, fund, and transactional matters.
- Serve as outside general counsel to a private equity fund that seeds new private equity, real estate and other alternative asset managers, advising on all aspects of fund formation and structuring, seeding transactions, compliance, and other matters.
- Serve as outside general counsel to a private equity fund administrator, advising on fund administration, contractual, corporate transactional, and compliance matters.
- Serve as outside general counsel to a marketplace lending (peer-to-peer) investment manager.
- Serve as outside general counsel to a merchant cash advance investment fund.
- Serve as U.S. counsel to a European private equity/real estate fund administrator.
MARK DEGAETANO (New York) is a director at KKR Prisma, which previously conducted business as Prisma Capital Partners LP. He joined the firm in 2006 and oversees operational due diligence and monitoring efforts. Prior to joining KKR Prisma, Mr. DeGaetano was head of operations for the single manager and fund of hedge funds platforms at Deutsche Bank in the firm’s absolute return strategies division, where he had global responsibility for operational due diligence. Previously, he was a vice president at Cross Mar, a technology subsidiary of Citicorp, responsible for the building and successful implementation of a new B2B trade finance solution. Prior to this role, he was a vice president at Citibank Capital Markets LLC, providing management within a structured finance operations environment. Earlier in his career, Mr. DeGaetano was the head of business support in trading and capital markets at Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken. Mr. DeGaetano holds a B.S. degree from Wagner College.
Brian DeLucia is a Managing Partner of Arrivato LLC, a Single Family Office created from a foundation through land and building development within the real estate industry. Brian spends most of his time reviewing prospective masterplan and multi-family development opportunities, land acquisitions, workforce housing, retail pad sites, global cell tower portfolios, lower middle market companies, esoteric, and special situations.
Brian also works closely on leveraging his organization’s experience to resolve challenges and elevate businesses within traditional economic driving industries that create better places to live and work; creating more jobs; improving overall economics, and address widespread societal challenges. He also serves on the board of multiple companies and within the family office community to provide an alternative voice of leadership.
Mr. DeLucia believes in his commitment to people and relationships; becoming well-known for his ability to cultivate relationships among diverse circles of people and his reality-based approach to business, making himself available to other like-minded families and professionals within the ultra-high net worth private family environment, supporting the broad family office community, and bringing together valuable relationships and resources that lead to real-world productivity.