Real estate technology accelerator MetaProp NYC has named Zak Schwarzman as founding partner of the company’s new early stage investment practice, MetaProp Venture Capital. Schwarzman will lead the practice while working closely with its portfolio companies in growing their businesses.

Zachary Aarons, Co-Founder of MetaProp NYC, said: “As an early stage investment professional, Zak combines intellectual heft and New York City based experience that he will bring to bear on behalf of MetaProp in the booming RETech venture community.”

Prior to joining MetaProp NYC, Schwarzman was a principal at Gotham Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm and member of the Draper Venture Network, where he covered PropTech, FinTech, the API Economy and EdTech, among other sectors. His previous venture capital background includes experience with Canaan Partners, AOL Ventures and LearnCapital. He received an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.A. in Political Economy and Business from Tulane University.

“In leading MetaProp Venture Capital, Zak will aid us in investing in high-growth PropTech start-ups that are transforming the way we think about, build, use, transact and interact with real estate,” said Aaron Block, Co-Founder and Managing Director of MetaProp NYC. “Zak’s addition to our team continues MetaProp NYC’s expanding leadership in the global PropTech community and its responsiveness to the widening needs of the RETech start-ups that are innovating and growing fast.”

An active member of New York’s start-up community, Schwarzman serves as a mentor at the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator and the StartEd Accelerator and is an involved alum of the InSITE Fellows network.