REach® Team

 

Mark Birschbach

Mark Birschbach is the Managing Director of REach®. He is responsible for identifying, evaluating and selecting the REach company participants as well as developing and executing the program.  

Prior to joining SCV, Mark was the COO at Monthlys Inc., an e-commerce start-up company funded by Lightbank (Groupon co-founders) providing a go-to marketplace for consumers to discover, purchase and manage subscriptions and memberships to local products and services. Prior to Monthlys, Mark was the President & COO of Active Radius, LLC, a start-up company that provides technology-based marketing solutions to real estate and other service professionals, where he established and executed the strategic vision of the company and built and managed all departments within the organization. Prior to Active Radius, Mark was a Vice President in Investment Banking at Citi where he led transaction teams during the execution of M&A and capital markets transactions across a broad range of industries including a significant focus on technology, media and telecom.

Mark is active in the entrepreneurial and technology communities serving as an advisor and consultant to several start-up companies. Mark received a BBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Dave Garland

Dave is responsible for sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities that promise to improve the global residential and commercial real estate industries. In addition, he supports existing existing SCV portfolio companies and plays a critical role in increasing the financial value of REach companies through coaching, mentoring and strategic advisory. Dave Garland brings over 16 years of strategic advisory experience to numerous venture- backed, public and private real estate companies - bridging these entities with established brokerages and technology firms. As a startup investor, he sits on several boards of growing real estate and mortgage technology organizations.

As an industry practitioner, Garland has acquired, owns and manages portfolios of single family residential, commercial and development properties across America. During the housing crisis, he worked with key organizations to create practical solutions for thousands of real estate professionals, including critical short sale programs instrumental in helping homeowners survive the great recession.

Garland holds an MBA from the Melbourne Business School and BA, Summa Cum Laude, from Notre Dame. He has also attended advanced programs at Oxford and Stanford and is a licensed real estate broker. Garland works from the Silicon Valley office in Menlo Park, CA.

 

Tyler Thompson

Tyler brings 15 years of strategic, startup, and operational experience to the REach team.  He is responsible for identifying potential candidates for REach as well as working with companies during and after the program.  Tyler served as a mentor for REach over the past several years and has added significant value to many past participants.  

Prior to joining REach, Tyler worked with several start-up and growth stage technology companies, including BitTorrent where they quickly surpassed the 100 million user mark. He served as CEO at both publicly traded Avalon Digital Marketing Systems and CaptureQuest and as part of the executive team at Deductr and the Business Software Alliance, where he represented the world's leading business software companies. 

Tyler graduated with honors from BYU and received his Master's degree from MIT. Expeditions to the North Pole (on a Russian nuclear icebreaker), the Serengeti, and the top of Mount Kilimanjaro have helped prepare Tyler for his adventures in the worlds of real estate and technology.