Chris is a London-based entrepreneur, FinTech investor, and
mentor. He is Managing Director at Techstars, the worldwide network that
helps entrepreneurs succeed, where he runs Europe's leading FinTech accelerator
in partnership with Barclays Bank.
Chris spent the majority of his professional
career in the United Kingdom. After graduating from University of Michigan in
1995 and then from General Electric's Financial Management Program in 1997, he
moved to the UK to join GE's Consumer Finance business. He remained with this
business until 2006, taking on various roles in Finance, Operations, and Sales
and Marketing. In late 2006, he co-founded specialty finance business Marlin
Financial Group that became one of the UK's fastest-growing privately held
companies. In 2014, Chris and his co-founders sold their business to a NASDAQ
listed entity and large U.S. Private Equity group.
Subsequent to the sale, Chris has been an active
private investor, focusing primarily on disruptive FinTech companies. He is a
seed investor in Atom Bank, the UK's original "mobile first” bank (now
backed by BBVA), Monese (now backed by Paypal), Everledger (now backed by
Fidelity), Shieldpay (now backed by Visa), Simudyne (now backed by Barclays)
and Smart Pension (now backed by JP Morgan) to name a few. He is also on the
board of advisors of Railsbank (accessing to global banking with 5 lines of
code) and Quant Network (providing the interoperability layer between
blockchains). In 2018, Chris was named the Angel Investor of the Year by the UK
Business Angel Association and in 2017 was named the most active FinTech angel
in the world by Fintech.Global. He has made over 50 private investment
and a further 50 investments through Techstars in five years.
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