Skydeck Capital, based in Chicago, is a private investment firm investing capital on behalf of the Polsky family. Because of the proprietary capital base, Skydeck Capital is not bound by any pre-defined time horizons or investment hurdles and can focus on long-term impact and value creation.
Skydeck Capital’s ethos comes from the experience and entrepreneurial spirit of our founder, Michael Polsky, who founded Indeck, Skygen and his latest energy venture, Invenergy. The name “Skydeck” pays homage to the successful exits of Skygen and Indeck. Today, Invenergy is North America’s largest independent, privately held renewable energy company.
Skydeck Capital focuses on non-energy investment opportunities.
Private Equity: Target direct investments in lower-middle market companies in majority or minority equity positions
Real Estate: Target both opportunistic and income producing real property with experienced operators
Venture Capital: Back exceptional teams through all phases of growth
The Skydeck Capital team works efficiently and effectively in a true partnership form.
Tim Parker is responsible for overseeing all functions of Skydeck Capital including oversight and reporting on investments, treasury, tax planning and compliance. Tim has significant accounting and tax experience serving clients during his time in public accounting prior to joining Skydeck in 2015. Additionally, Tim managed the tax and financial reporting process for a private equity- backed international manufacturer working closely with management on mergers, acquisitions and strategic divestitures.
A Chicago native and Certified Public Accountant, Tim attended DePaul University's College of Commerce earning his Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
As Principal, Evan Wood is responsible for executing the investment functions of Skydeck Capital from sourcing, performing diligence on acquisition opportunities, and portfolio management. Evan spends a significant amount of time building relationships with sponsors, developers, and investors.
Evan has a strong finance background in both family office and institutional operations, and before joining Skydeck in 2017, specialized in launching and operating private equity and alternative asset fund strategies. Evan has significant experience in both public and private markets, financial reporting, investment evaluation, and asset dispositions. He has also been responsible for overseeing audit and tax preparation.
As a proud Iowa native, Evan holds an MBA, with distinction, from DePaul University, earned a BBA, with honors, from Drake University, and holds a CPA certification.
As Principal, Lior Shachaf is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing investments, as well as supporting existing portfolio companies. Lior has extensive investing experience across asset classes including public and private equity, real estate and venture capital. Prior to joining Skydeck Capital in 2019l, Lior worked as an investment professional at a family office and as an accountant at Ernst & Young. Additionally, he served in a special forces unit of the Israel Defense Forces prior to moving to the US.
Born in Israel, Lior received his MBA, with honors, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, earned a BA, Magna Cum Laude, from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, and holds a CPA (Israel) certification.
As Real Estate Asset Manager, Tyler Perlman is responsible for overseeing Skydeck Capital’s real estate portfolio. Tyler has over 8 years of experience across various real estate asset classes and has asset managed portfolios with a gross value of $1 billion and has completed over $300 million in acquisitions, dispositions, and financings. Tyler’s experience specifically includes ground-up and value-add multifamily developments and has worked for several premier developers in Chicago, New York, and South Florida.
A South Florida native, Tyler earned a BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a licensed real estate broker in Illinois.
Jon Taiber has two decades of experience in finance, accounting and family office industries. Jon has led and managed 50+ direct investments in private equity, early-stage companies, and real estate. In 2013, Jon co-founded Skydeck Capital.
In 2001, Jon was recruited to run Polsky Holdings, the family office for the Polsky Family. Jon was responsible for all wealth management functions including the allocation of capital across traditional and alternative asset classes as well as direct investments. Additionally, he is a member of the founding group at Invenergy, which has grown to be the largest privately held renewable energy company in North America.
He has served on the boards of the Structurlam Mass Timber Corporation, LJP Waste Solutions, United Oilfield Services, Buzz Referrals, Conservatorio S.A. and Polsky Foundation as well as a member of Adams LaSalle Institutional Apartments LLC.
An Iowa native, Taiber earned a BBA, with distinction, from the University of Iowa and holds a CPA certification.
With more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry, Michael Polsky is widely recognized as a pioneer and industry leader in the cogeneration and independent power industry in North America. Polsky founded Invenergy, a leading clean energy company in 2001. Previously, in 1991, Polsky founded SkyGen Energy – a developer, owner, and operator of natural gas-fueled generating plants – which was purchased by Calpine Corporation in 2001. Before forming SkyGen, Polsky co-founded and was President of Indeck Energy Services Inc. In 2002, Polsky endowed a center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business which is named after him. In 2016, Polsky was appointed by President Barack Obama as a Member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. Polsky holds an MSME Degree from Kiev Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Skydeck Capital maintains a diverse portfolio of private equity and real estate investments in addition to several opportunistic investments in venture and public companies. While Skydeck Capital was founded in 2013, the Polsky family has been making successful direct investments in private equity, venture and real estate for over two decades.
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