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the Core Team.

We are a team of entrepreneurs and executives with deep operational experience in companies ranging from small to large, bootstrapped to venture-backed. As both business leaders and investors, we are here to roll up our sleeves, lend our expertise, and be an extension of your team. 


jeff stowell - managing partner

Originally from Kansas, Jeff is a formally trained attorney, and has bootstrapped, scaled, and sold his own consultancy. For the past seven years he's joined the financing side of the table, first as an Angel investor, then helping a family office develop a direct investing program, and now leading RSV.

laura brady - partner

With roots from Kansas, Laura is the fund's turnaround master who has lead multiple companies from the brink to highly successful exits. Her operational expertise spans from early stage companies to being a director for a $1.5B publicly traded company.


segue partners - cfo services

We're proud to have this St Louis, MO based, incredibly talented, deep bench financial team as a partner in the fund. They keep the fund's books clean and top notch.. 


abby kiefer - venture partner

A Wisconsinite through and through, Abby joined the fund after getting to know the team during their time together at Red Clay, where she was a founder. Over her professional career she's become an exert community builder, process automater (yes, it's a thing!), and AirBnB mogul.


chris reedy - venture partner

Long active on the Minnesota startup scene, Chris has been an operator, problem-solver, and investor including time at Gopher Angels, White Pine Consulting, Rapson-Inc. and Rowbot Systems. Enthusiasms include furniture design, spy novels, and the slice backhand.


ben rifkin - venture partner

Our east coast kid, Ben has a strong background in all things marketing and outdoor. He's spent time in sales and marketing at a range of outdoor media publications and was at one point, president of a minor-league hockey team.


stephanie spong - venture partner

Now based in Colorado, Stephanie is our resident renaissance woman. Her high caliber finance background includes time at Goldman, Citi, and Epic Ventures. Additionally, she is a published author, gamer, and runs an 1880's Opera House in rural Colorado.


our KCUVP team.

We're building our the ecosystem from the ground up. Don't think 20 year olds have a role in venture? Need we remind you about this guy, this girl, or this entire batch of millennials?

We’ve partnered with the University Venture Fund in Utah to create a unique scholarship and experiential learning opportunity for college and graduate students in the Kansas City Metro area. Thanks to our partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, many private donors and other venture funds across the Midwest, we are active contributors to the next generation of entrepreneurial and venture leaders. For more information about the program, come check out their website.

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Our LPs.

while we keep things simple by filling only one line on your cap table, we are truly a network at your disposal. We have over three dozen limited partners who have invested in our fund ready and willing to help you be successful. we like to think of them as your extended rolodex, resident firefighters, and "gray hair in the room" if and when you need them.