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St. Charles, IL 60174
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Darren Niemann

Darren Niemann

Darren Niemann, co-founder of Exccess Ventures Darren Niemann, a co-founder and principal of Exccess Ventures, is a serial entrepreneur. Mr. Niemann focuses on investments in information technologies and clean technologies; specifically software, semiconductors, energy and bio-fuels. Mr. Niemann has co-invested with numerous top-tier venture firms such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Khosla Ventures, New Enterprise Associates and Benchmark Capital into companies such as Bloom Energy and Fisker Automotive. Prior investments include Amyris Biotechnologies (NASDAQ: AMRS), Motricity (NASDAQ: MOTR) and RMI Corporation (NASDAQ: NETL). Prior to co-founding Exccess Ventures, Mr. Niemann has successfully founded and managed numerous businesses including restaurant chains, an insurance company, a micro-loan finance company and an investment company. Currently, Mr. Niemann still operates his commodities company, two professional sports teams, and a real estate private equity fund. Mr. Niemann is a co-founder and partner of a real estate private equity partnership focused on U.S. Midwestern real estate opportunities. In addition, he is the co-founder of an international commodities group, Naif Al-Ghoroub, located in Amman, Jordan. The company specializes in securing foreign government contracts for sugar, rice, scrap metal, barley, seafood and a variety of other commodities.

As a sports enthusiast, Mr. Niemann is also currently a personal investor in two professional basketball teams in Mexico playing in the CIBACOPA league, www.tijuanazonkeys.com and www.mexicalibomberos.com. In his spare time, Mr. Niemann is also an owner of an ice cream and dairy franchise, Oberweis Ice Cream & Dairy store located in St. Charles, IL.

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