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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Lanham Napier

Co-Founder and CEO

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.

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Jim Curry


Jim was the strategy and business development leader at Rackspace, and is one of the founders of OpenStack, the world’s leading open-source cloud technology. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, with an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas.

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Pete Freeland


Pete has a background investing in software businesses. He has had a successful 20-year career with General Catalyst, TA, Great Hill and JP Morgan. Pete has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Middlebury College.

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Klee Kleber


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.

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Kenny Herz

General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

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

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Tanner Cerand

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.