"What Venture Capitalists Are Looking For"
Chris holds approximately 30 years of venture capital and operational experience in early-stage growth companies, most recently with T-Venture, Deutsche Telekom’s captive corporate venture capital subsidiary, where he sourced and completed numerous transactions in the technology sector in both the U.S. and Europe. Prior to this, Chris was responsible for the highly successful turnaround and divestiture of Central Europe Telecom Investment (CETI) LP assets, one of the first true venture funds in the Region. He was previously associated with the Silicon Valley office of Patricof & Co (now APAX Partners) as well as the in-house LBO fund of Kidder, Peabody & Co. in New York. Prior positions also include CFO roles in Solvo Biotechnology Rt., a Hungarian biotech start-up, and Hild Real Estate Investment, CEE’s first large-scale life annuity provider.
Of almost 20 deals in the early-stage sector, including a majority of Seed and Start-up, Chris has engineered successful (+money) exits for well over half of these, with extraordinarily high returns across all managed portfolios, particularly given the extremely early stage and EU focus.
Chris is a frequent juror and mentor in the US and EU through various accelerators and start-up and seed events. His network is multinational - spanning the EU, UK and the East and West Coasts of the USA.
He is an avid, if amateur, lifelong student of philosophy, cultures and history. He is also an avid rider and scuba diver, and a deliberately novice martial artist. His broad interests, coupled with his ruthless training as an Economist, tend to make him highly unpopular at dinner parties.