Tony Fassi

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3500 Jefferson St. Suite 303

Austin, Texas, 78731

United States


BuildGroup is a company that selectively invests in leadership teams with staying power. We back founders who are ambitious enough to want to make a dent in the universe and humble enough to realize they can’t do it alone.

By providing permanent capital from aligned investors and avoiding forced exits, BuildGroup frees entrepreneurs to focus on serving customers instead of raising the next round. We believe that great businesses are built, not bought, and that’s why our team works side-by-side with founders to create conditions for long-term growth. 

BuildGroup was founded in Austin, Texas by a team of proven builders who love nothing more than helping build and grow extraordinary companies.


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VidMob raises $25M for its video advertising tools

Anthony Ha – June 13th, 2019

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The Business Journals

Former Alert Logic CEO joins Austin-based venture capital group

Chris Mathews – August 10th, 2018

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Business Insider

Gray Hall Joins BuildGroup Executive Program

July 31st, 2018

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The Business Journals

Gray Hall Joins BuildGroup Executive Program

July 31st, 2018


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Lanham Napier

Builder, Co-Founder & CEO

Lanham is our “CEO Whisperer.” He knows what life is like in the CEO seat, and how important it is to build the core leadership team that takes a company on the long journey to greatness. Lanham is BuildGroup’s visionary and has made it his life’s mission to create a better way to build companies.

Lanham led Rackspace from $1.5 million to $1.5 billion in revenue over a 13 year period, helping to create the cloud service leader and one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Rice University.

Lanham’s first Build was a team of go-cart equipped delivery boys that he recruited to serve the local newspaper route.

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Jim Curry

Builder and Co-Founder

Jim is our product and strategy guy.  He loves evaluating big technology trends and finding opportunities within them to build great products and services that customers love.  Jim works with our companies to take early product successes and scale them to bigger market outcomes.

Jim was the strategy and business development leader at Rackspace, and is known as the “Godfather of OpenStack,” the world’s #1 open-source cloud technology.  He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, with an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas.

Jim’s first Build was running the delivery service for the two rival papers in his hometown, at the same time.

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Klee Kleber

Builder and Co-Founder

Klee is our go-to-market Builder. He wakes up every day thinking about how to drive revenue growth (true statement). Klee works day in and day out alongside leadership teams, helping them build the sales and marketing machine, position products against competitors and hire great customers.

Klee has spent more than 20 years running marketing and sales teams at companies like Rackspace, Dell and WP Engine. He has an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from Rice University.

Klee’s first Build was a bike assembly operation he ran from his parents’ garage. Ask him about the PK Ripper he built in the 1980s and how many Tuf-Necks he broke.

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Gray Hall


Gray has a track record of servant leadership and building great teams. He has been a two-time CEO, leading innovative technology companies to redefine customer expectations in their industries. Gray is focused on building capabilities and sharing best practices among our companies.

Gray most recently spent nine years as Chairman and CEO of Alert Logic, growing it from less than $10 million to more than $120 million in annual revenue. Before that, he was co-founder and CEO of VeriCenter, which grew to $80 million in annual revenue before being acquired by SunGard. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Graduate School of Business, and Southern Methodist University.

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Kenny Herz

Builder & General Counsel

Kenny is BuildGroup’s General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. All those capitalized words mean that Kenny is central to ensuring a culture of professionalism and stewardship. He also works with Project 23, Lanham Napier’s family office.

Kenny was previously a partner at Haynes and Boone in Houston. He graduated from Rice University and Columbia Law School.

Kenny is almost famous for his role as noted Builder Thomas Edison in Parker Elementary’s production of “The Electric Sunshine Man.”

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Tanner Cerand

Builder & VP of Investment Research

Tanner is our research and deal sourcing expert. He loves being on the front lines of what is happening in the market and building meaningful relationships with executives and investors alike. He prides himself on being a “super-connector,” matching people with opportunities across his network.

Tanner’s background is in investing, financial services, and team building. Most recently, he was responsible for building and managing research & business development strategies at Vista Equity Partners. Prior to Vista, Tanner worked at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), UBS Investment Bank, and Ferris, Baker Watts, Inc. Tanner has a B.S. in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Tanner’s first Build was a lemonade stand when he was six years old. His first PR win came when his near-unicorn business was covered as a feature story in a local magazine.