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University of Western Ontario, MBA 1993
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Chris Albinson

Chris Albinson

Chris is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Founders Circle Capital investing the leading private technology companies primarily by providing liquidity to founders, employees and early investors.

Founders Circle Capital(FCC) is a strategic partner of Silicon Valley Bank. FCC believes that individuals should have the opportunity to reap the rewards of their hard work. We also deeply appreciate the importance of alignment between investors, management and employees when building a leading technology company and work cooperatively to identify the right solutions to create that alignment. Being an investor in a private company is a privilege; when we invest, we strive to leverage our industry relationships to deliver value.

Chris helped grow four start ups most recently as Chief Strategy Officer for Digital Island (NASDAQ:ISLD; acquired by Cable & Wireless in 2001). Previously, Chris held product, channel, & corporate development roles at Newbridge Networks, Inc contributing to the hyper growth of the company that grew to $1.6B in revenue. He also led a $217 million corporate venture fund, which invested in 27 companies, including Juniper Networks (NASDAQ:JNPR), Cambrian Systems (acquired by Nortel), Abatis Systems (acquired by Redback Networks), Fastlane (acquired by Quest Software), BNI Systems (acquired by Nortel), and PixStream (acquired by Cisco Systems). Chris was also a General Partner at JPMorgan Partners, co-heading the technology venture capital practice and co-founder of Panorama Capital where he led investments including Reflectivity (acquired by Texas Instruments), Greenfield Networks (acquired by Cisco), Valere Power (acquired by Eltek), Vyatta (acquired by Brocade), and Belair Networks (acquired by Ericsson).

Chris believes strongly in building community to support entrepreneurs, co-founding the C100, Marin Internet Entrepreneurs, and the Open Mobile Super Club. He is also an advisor to Founder Labs, Grow Labs, and Partners for Growth. Albinson has been a speaker, panelist, and judge at Web 2.0 Summit, Milken Global Conference, UC Berkeley Hass school, Canadian Venture Capital Conference, the GROW conference, Banff Venture Forum, Next Generation Networks, Red Herring Top 100, Americas Growth Capital Conference, and the Gilders Telecom conference.

In 2012, he was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions and service to Canada.

Chris currently sits on the boards of Jiwire, Fixmo, and Syncapse.

Mr. Albinson holds a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Western University.

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