CHASELLA is a results oriented private equity and early stage investment firm that is predicated on value-creation through entrepreneurship, innovation, and trust.

About US

At its core, CHASELLA is a multi-generational real estate investment and development firm. With over 50 years of experience in the industry, CHASELLA founders are responsible for countless innovations, and are now continuing that tradition by investing in promising young companies. In working with our portfolio companies, the CHASELLA team:

  • Accelerates growth in companies through network effects and by spending real hours engaging with its portfolio companies and founders
  • Provides strategic and tactical advice
  • Lends technology and data support
  • Invests up and down the capital stack through various equity and debt instruments to further support our partnerships


CHASELLA was founded in 2011 as a spinoff of traditional real estate investment and development.

  • Founded shortly after completing a successful development project – a residential lifestyle community, consisting of more than 1000 homes.
  • Principals have spent decades analyzing, designing, building, and managing hundreds of millions of dollars of prime real estate.
  • Custom design and construction of multiple residential development projects across the northeastern U.S.
  • Creatively structured joint ventures in both commercial and residential investments.
  • Principals now spend the majority of their time leveraging their experience to help scale various early stage companies in a wide range of industry verticals.


Honesty, transparency and fairness are central to CHASELLA’s investment philosophy. These are the principles that define our relationships with over 30 portfolio companies. We are known for our collaborative strengths, our ability to operate as integrated members of various teams, and our commitment to driving efficiency and fostering growth within fast-paced environments.


We set out each and every day to improve the overall health of our portfolio companies. Over time, we intend to leverage our team’s expertise in an effort to help all of our partners achieve their highest level of success.

We are problem solvers. We seek out inefficiencies in your organization and remedy the situation as you continue down the road to significant growth. Our principals wish to enrich the lives of others and give back to the community as often as possible.



Seeking out and integrating with the latest and greatest technological advancements


Working alongside the brightest minds as we look to a more efficient future

Real Estate

Making debt and equity investments across the United States, becoming a strategic partner for many developers and landlords

Sports & Leisure

Passionately working with several major and minor league sports teams throughout the U.S. and abroad


We would love to hear more about your charitable endeavors and help out whenever possible – with a concentration in our local community


Sharp People
CHASELLA goes above and beyond to recruit the best young founders, motivated entrepreneurs and technical gurus to its team. Most importantly, everyone on the CHASELLA team has been in the founder’s seat multiple times, which is something we know can make all the difference in the world.
Industry Experience
As real estate developers and problem solving managers, CHASELLA has more than half a century of combined experience across a select group of industries. Our backgrounds span a variety of disciplines that include finance, marketing, programming, data science, and operations. The breadth of our team’s capabilities enable us to process information at an incredible pace, while remaining diligent in our decision-making process.
A "DYT" Culture
A mantra often used by Managing Partner Jim Kaplan, “do your thing” is the best summation of the CHASELLA culture, which is largely driven on the ideal that smart, motivated people will always find a way to make things work. The CHASELLA culture revels in exploration, iteration and experimentation. In addition to cross-linked workflow across the team, individuals are granted full autonomy over their projects.
CHASELLA believes in open and honest collaboration. We believe our partners and clients are entitled to the utmost in clarity for their business and investment dollars.

Our portfolio

We were also the first to realize that the real estate world was changing, and we needed to change with it to continue innovating. Now we are investors, founders and developers behind some of the most intriguing companies in the business. Contact us to learn more.

Our Principals

Jim Kaplan

Co-Founder, Managing Partner

With 20+ years experience in real estate development and investment, Jim co-founded CHASELLA in 2011, specifically focused on the intersection of real estate, hospitality and emerging technology. He is an advisor to several early-stage companies, including Bevi, EquityZen and TripleMint, working closely with their teams to help maximize efficiency and growth.

Steve Kaplan

Co-Founder, Special Advisor

Steve Kaplan is widely regarded as an innovator in the commercial and residential real estate industry, with over 40 years of development and investment experience. At CHASELLA, Steve serves as a co-founder and Special Advisor to the team and portfolio companies.

What Our Partners Say About Us


Suffolk Technologies Closes $110 Million Inaugural Construction Fund

July 11, 2023

The Boston-based construction company, which has $5 billion in annual revenue, raised the vehicle to invest in software that can aid the building process.

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KiDS NEED MoRE to Host Holiday Cheer Bus Kickoff Event on October 29

October 25, 2023

The kickoff event will feature remarks from Babylon Town Supervisor Richard Schaffer, as well as the announcement of exciting elf missions…

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Training the next generation of elite athletes in rural Ohio: Geneva’s Spire Academy

Mar. 06, 2023

While they make their cases for their G.O.A.T., they eat sandwiches and salads between classes and training sessions.

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  • Partners
  • Startups
  • Invest
  • Data
  • Causes


CHASELLA is always looking to develop relationships that yield reciprocal value for all parties involved. We work with a number of strategic partners across various industries, including but not limited to manufacturing, software, real estate, hospitality, branding and business intelligence.


CHASELLA has investments in over 20 early stage companies and is passionate about driving big ideas beyond the boundaries of the impossible, while working alongside dedicated entrepreneurs. We are actively seeking to capitalize, provide support, and accelerate business at the seed and Series A investment levels.

If you are seeking investment in your early stage company, please complete the form below and our team will review your application and reach out to you if there is a foreseeable fit with Chasella.


We are currently in the process of screening new limited partners for some off market equity acquisitions at the intersection of real estate, hospitality, technology and data.


Data is one of the CHASELLA team’s specialties. It has played an instrumental role in keeping our companies competitive in an ever-changing business landscape. We engage in cutting edge market research that utilizes a broad range of data discovery, mining, analysis and forensic techniques. We also believe in the power of automation and create efficiencies for our companies with custom programs that we develop in-house.


CHASELLA is passionate about providing support to meaningful philanthropic causes and groups such as Kids Need More, MHS Hall of Fame, LI Bike Challenge & The Feinstein Institute @NSLIJ, Memorial Sloan Cancer Center.

CHASELLA believes in building and inspiring the future innovators of tomorrow. We embrace our support of student communities and have enjoyed engagements with students across a variety of academic institutions. This summer a member of the CHASELLA team is serving as a mentor for the Global Founders’ Skill Accelerator Program at MIT.

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If you’d like to learn more about our organization or explore ways in which we may be able to work together, please reach out to us.