Erica Blob of Brighton Park Capital
Partner, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Brighton Park Capital
We are pleased to introduce you to Erica Blob, a partner at Brighton Park Capital.
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I am a partner at Brighton Park Capital, a software and HCIT focused growth equity firm based in Greenwich, Conn. We launched in 2019 and are currently investing our $1.1 billion Fund I. I live in Greenwich with my two children (ages 7 and almost 5), my husband, and our 4 month old rescue puppy, Perry. I grew up outside of Boston, went to Duke University for my undergraduate education and Harvard Business School. Outside of the office, I am on the Leadership Council of the Sesame Workshop (the global non-profit behind Sesame Street) and enjoy running marathons. Despite being based in and near NYC for almost half my life, I am a diehard Boston sports fan!
When you were young, what did you think you would be doing for work when you “grew up”?
When I was in elementary school, I was 100% certain that I was going to be the first female shortstop for the Boston Red Sox. Unfortunately, Nomar Garciaparra took my job so I had to come up with something else.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I recently had a meeting with our Director of Operations, Catherine Wallis, about expanding our workspace to accommodate our new hires. In the beginning of 2019, we started the firm in a co-working facility, with everyone sitting a one long conference table, figuring out how to choose among health insurance plans. By the end of this year, we’ll have 30 employees. We just took over that co-working space and turned it into our boardroom. Building something from the very beginning, being able to create jobs and fund innovative companies for the benefit of our LPs makes all those early days worth it!
If you could have coffee with one business disruptor—past or present—who would it be and why?
Tom Brady. People don’t often think of athletes as businesspeople, but if you look at the way he was able to break into the highest levels of the NFL after being a 7th round draft pick and then sustain his career well into his 40s, he’s really turned the traditional pro athlete model on its head. Today it’s the rule, not the exception, that young athletes are focused on their nutrition and the mind-body connection and so much of that is due to him. I would love to know how he resists the temptation of Swedish Fish, because I certainly can’t.
What’s the most surprising thing people don’t know about you?
I have eight brothers and sisters. I am my mom and dad’s only child but have an incredibly wonderful “modern family” of step and half siblings. Because of the logistical complications we even created our own holiday – “Faux-Giving” – that we celebrate on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, so that everyone can come.
What’s the most amazing place you’ve visited that you urge everyone to see (once everyone starts traveling again!)?
Machu Picchu. When my husband and I had been dating for about six weeks we took a trip to Peru and signed up for a 3 day hike from Cuzco to Machu Picchu. Neither of us is particularly adept at, or interested in, camping. We now laugh that instead of going to an island and drinking fruity cocktails for our first trip, we hiked for hours in the rain and my husband had to escort me, in the pitch black, to the bathroom in the middle of the night. I’m still amazed we made it through that trip, but the views and history were spectacular!
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