About

chris

I’ve been in the technology industry for 15 years as an operating executive and venture investor in Boston and Silicon Valley.   From 2005 to early 2013, I was a general partner in three micro cap VC funds focused on early stage technology as well as co-ordinating a group of fellow angel investors at CommonAngels.  In December 2012, I joined one of my seed stage portfolio companies, TrueLens, as COO, to lead the sales, marketing, bus dev efforts for their marketing analytics product.  These days I advise and work with various technology companies.

I’m originally from “down under”, although with too many years living in the US I’ve lost most of my accent.   My Aussie career began in stockbroking 9 months before the 1987 crash….yep great timing.  I co-founded an advisory and principal investing firm when I was 24.  I was probably too young although it did teach me the importance of watching cash flow, working with my fellow founders, and the hard work required to create something from scratch.  I finished my Australian career with 6 years in investment banking at Lloyds Corporate Advisory (later acquired by Merrill Lynch).

Moved to Boston in 1997, joined a fast growing consulting startup (Stax) in Central Square, did a 2 year stint in Silicon valley with enterprise software company BEA Systems (remember WebLogic application server?), returned to MA consulting to startups and serving as a venture partner at Industry Ventures.

Aside from technology and startups in general, my interests lie in enterprise software, digital marketing and advertising, consumer web, and digital media.  It’s a fascinating time in the startup, angel and venture capital world.

Companies I’m invested in through CommonAngels and personally include:

Enterprise/SMB/SaaS:
Carbonite (SaaS consumer and small business online backup) – Series A investor & board observer from $0 bookings to $75M run rate.  IPO Aug 2011
HapYak (video commentary platform) – Seed round & advisor
Blaze Software (SaaS service to increase website speed) – Seed round & advisor.  Acquired by Akami Feb 2012
Practically Green (SaaS service for employee sustainability) – led Seed round & former board member
ownCloud (open source file sync/sharing) seed round & former board observer
Kibits (real time mobile collaboration) – Seed round & former board observer
Help Scout (web-based help desk software) – led Seed round
Insightix (network discovery) – B round & board observer.  Acquired by McAfee Feb 2012
Crashlytics (mobile developer tools) – Seed round. Acquired by Twitter
Storiant (Object storage software) – Board observer (Matrix funded)
docTrackr (cloud document management) – Seed round.  Acquired by Intralinks
Powerhouse Dynamics (residential/commercial energy & asset management) – led Seed round & former board member

Marketing/Digital Media/Advertising
OwnerIQ (online display based on ownership targeted media) – co-led Series A & former board member
Xconomy (online B2B media and events) – led Series A & board
Linkable Networks (marketing channel for card linked offers) – co-led Seed round & former board observer, now advisor
Offerpop (marketing campaign suite for Facebook & Twitter) – Seed round & former board observer
Yieldbot (publisher side analytics) – Seed round
SocMetrics (marketing solution bringing socialgraphic data to CRM) – Seed round & adviser
Promoboxx (brand to retailer marketing) – Seed round & former board observer
Shareaholic (sharing network) – Series A
Disruptor Beam (social game publisher) – Seed round