Blake is a finance and operations professional with extensive experience in corporate finance, M&A integration, and operations management. He joined High Alpha as the first employee in 2015 and leads all finance functions for the firm's Venture Studio, early-stage portfolio companies, and venture capital funds.
Blake's career in startups and technology began in 2008 when he joined ExactTarget, which completed its IPO in 2012 and was acquired by Salesforce in 2013. During his time there, he worked in finance supporting all parts of the business, corporate development leading M&A integration for two of ExactTarget's acquisitions, and operations leading ops for one of Salesforce's most rapidly-growing divisions.
Prior to ExactTarget, Blake gained experience in more traditional industries including insurance, banking, and healthcare.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Blake attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the Kenan-Flagler Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Blake is a board member of the Orr Fellowship, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit whose mission is to develop the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs. He is also on the Board of Trustees at the Indianapolis Zoo and a member of The Penrod Society.
As a member of Class 23, Blake is serving his fellowship at High Alpha under the mentorship of Managing Partner Scott Dorsey and Santi Subotovsky (Class 15) of Emergence Capital Partners.