Chris joined USVP in 2004 and contributes to the firm’s information technology and software practices. His current areas of interest include enterprise/data center infrastructure, security, cloud, mobile, and software. Chris pursues early stage opportunities targeting high growth potential nascent markets. He invests in the passion of the founders, and believes the best CEOs are often first-time Founder-CEOs from humble beginnings. Chris believes “success requires optimism so I choose to focus on what can go right rather that what might go wrong when considering a new investment opportunity. I consider it a privilege to help talented entrepreneurs build and scale businesses of merit to market leadership in a team-oriented, respectful, and supportive manner. I am always eager to meet thoughtful, motivated, and creative people who share my passion for building great technology companies.” In addition to his U.S.-focused activities, Chris has been an active investor in Israel since his first investment there in 1999.
Over his career as an investor and entrepreneur, Chris has helped define, build, and bring many market-leading products and services to market. From 2001 to 2004 he was the CEO of Mahi Networks (acquired by Meriton). From 1998 to 2002 he was a partner at Sequoia Capital. From 1984 to 1998 he held engineering and product management roles in the networking and communication fields, including Director of PLM and Customer Support at Carrier Access Corporation (Nasdaq: CACS) and Director of PLM at ComCore (acquired by National Semiconductor). Chris was a broadband network architect at US WEST Advanced Technologies, where he was a co-founder of Time Warner Roadrunner, now one of the largest broadband service providers in the world. Chris spent 4 years as a member of technical staff at MITRE designing secure military communications systems, and started his career as an electrical engineer at Nokia in Espoo, Finland.
Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors or is an active Board Observer on AccelOps, Akros, Clustrix, Exablox, GoPro, Kaiam, PlumGrid and Zerto. His past investments and board seats include Abrizio (acquired by PMC Sierra), Afara (acquired by SUN), Avanex (Nasdaq: AVNX), Commerce5 (acquired by DRIV), Dune Networks (acquired by Broadcom), LVL7 (acquired by Broadcom), Mellanox (Nasdaq: MLNX), Netscreen (Nasdaq: NSCN), Santur (acquired by Bookham), Stratalight (acquired by Opnext), SwitchOn Networks (acquired by PMC Sierra), Telera (acquired by Alcatel Lucent), and VxTel (acquired by Intel).
Chris received a B.S. and M.S. Electrical Engineering from the University of Lowell, an M.S. Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an M.S. Engineering Management from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He was a founding member of the Cable Labs DOCSIS cable modem standards effort, and holds issued patents related to broadband communications, home gateways, and set-top box design.
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