Hello, I’m Zach Brauer, a Senior Corporate Development Analyst at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
I started Modeling for Venture Capital to pay forward the help I received in my life from my countless mentors. Their time, effort, and counsel over the years have been invaluable, and I’m sure they’ll never know the impact they had on my life. I am thankful everyday that they saw someone in need of support or an opportunity. Now, I am at a point in my life where I can start doing the same. I started this class for two close friends and two friends of theirs, thinking that even just teaching to 4 people would be impactful. I am humbled that through word of mouth and referrals it has evolved into a course well beyond my wildest expectations, and I am fortunate to have this opportunity to give back to so many people.
My day to day responsibilities include: working on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and divestiture transactions, evaluating and executing venture capital opportunities (in early-stage healthcare companies and through limited partnership investments), and working with our existing portfolio companies / funds.
My background revolves around deal underwriting. I have worked across a broad array of industries and transaction sizes. Before moving into the venture space through Blue Cross, I previously worked in the private equity and debt space through Northwestern Mutual Capital.