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Darren Blanton
Darren Blanton
Darren Blanton

Advisory Council Member

Mr. Blanton is the founder and managing director of Colt Ventures. Mr. Blanton has over twenty two years of Investment experience and has invested in over 100 private companies across every stage of corporate finance.


Prior to forming Colt Ventures, Mr. Blanton worked with the family office of Perry E. (Bill) Esping, the founder of First Data Corporation.


Before working with the Esping family office, Mr. Blanton ran Able Investments, a distressed real estate fund which acquired commercial real estate from the RTC.


Prior to his work with Able, Darren started his career as a commercial real estate broker in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Blanton currently serves on the Board of Colt Oil and Gas, The SMU Cox School of Business Venture Fund, Esping Family Foundation, and the SM Wright Foundation.