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.
Jon Taiber has two decades of experience in finance, accounting and family office industries. Taiber has led and managed 50+ direct investments in private equity, early stage companies, and real estate. In 2013, Taiber co-founded Skydeck Capital.
In 2001, Taiber was recruited to run Polsky Holdings, the family office for the Polsky Family. Taiber 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.
Tim Parker has significant accounting and tax experience serving clients during his stint in public accounting. Additionally, Parker managed the tax and financial reporting process for a private equity backed international manufacturer working closely with management on mergers, acquisitions and strategic divestitures.
In 2015, Parker was recruited to run Polsky Holdings, the family office for the Polsky family. At Skydeck Capital, he is responsible for overseeing all financial functions including oversight and reporting on investments, treasury, asset management, tax planning and compliance.
A Chicago native and Certified Public Accountant, Parker attended DePaul University's College of Commerce earning his Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
Evan Wood brings a strong finance background in both family office and institutional operations, specializing in launching and operating private equity and alternative asset funds. He has significant experience in financial reporting, valuations, investment evaluation, and asset dispositions. He has been responsible for overseeing audit and tax preparation.
In 2017, Wood was recruited to join Skydeck Capital, where he is responsible for executing the investment functions of the group, portfolio asset management, and performing diligence on acquisition opportunities. Additionally, he devotes time to building relationships with Independent Sponsors.
An Iowa native, Wood holds an MBA, with distinction, from DePaul University, earned a BBA, with honors, from Drake University, and holds a CPA certification.
Lior Shachaf has extensive investing experience across asset classes including public and private equity, real estate and venture. Prior to joining Skydeck, 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.
Lior joined Skydeck Capital in 2019 and is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing investments, as well as supporting existing portfolio companies.
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.
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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