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Websitelowercasellc.com
Blogwhatisleft.org
Twitter@sacca
BirthplaceBuffalo, NY

Degrees

Georgetown University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude) 2000
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Georgetown University, B.S.F.S. 1997
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University of Oxford, Associate Fellow 2005
Business

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Chris Sacca

An accomplished venture investor, private equity principal, company advisor, and entrepreneur, Chris manages a portfolio of over fifty consumer web, mobile, and wireless technology start- ups as well as an array of mature enterprises through his holding company, Lowercase Capital. While primarily known for its investments in seed and early stage technology companies, Lowercase has quietly become one of the largest momentum investment funds in the country.

Previously, Chris served as Head of Special Initiatives at Google Inc. In that role, among other responsibilities, he founded and headed up the alternative access and wireless divisions. His most visible projects include Google’s 700MHz and TV white spaces spectrum initiatives, the company’s groundbreaking data center in Oregon and Google’s free citywide WiFi network in Mountain View, CA. Chris also spearheaded many of Google’s business development and M&A transactions and was on the founding team of the company’s New Business Development organization.

Before joining Google, Chris held a number of executive roles at one of the world’s largest streaming and digital media distribution companies, Speedera Networks (acquired by Akamai Technologies), and was ultimately responsible for their legal and corporate development efforts. Prior to Speedera, Chris was an attorney with the Silicon Valley law firm of Fenwick & West where he handled venture capital, mergers & acquisitions, and licensing transactions for technology clients such as Macromedia, VeriSign, and Kleiner Perkins. In 2008, Chris proudly worked on President Barack Obama’s campaign as a Telecommunications, Media, and Technology advisor, a speaking surrogate, a field office volunteer, and as Co-Chair of Finance and a Trustee of the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

The Wall Street Journal cited Chris as “possibly the most influential businessman in America” and Chris was the youngest member of the Forbes 2011 Midas List. Chris is a fixture in the Silicon Valley startup community, and as a result of his reputation for fruitful and fun collaborations with early stage companies he was named as one of the top 10 angel investors in the country by Business Week.

Chris was recently recognized as a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, annually selecting 20 of the world’s most promising leaders and public servants under the age of 45 and he also serves as an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School at Oxford University.

Chris regularly appears on television, radio, and in print and has been featured in Business Week, Fortune, Fast Company, and on CNBC, BBC, CNN, FOX, and NPR as an expert in the realms of entrepreneurism, venture capital, and disruptive technologies. In parallel with his frequent keynotes at technology industry events, Chris is perennially hired by many of the world’s largest companies, financial institutions, universities, and governments to speak about innovation, workplace design, and business strategy in a digital era.

Chris graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center where he was a member of The Tax Lawyer law review and was honored as the school’s Philip A. Ryan and Ralph J. Gilbert Memorial Scholar. He also graduated cum laude from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and was an Edmund Evans Memorial Scholar as well as a Weeks Family Foundation Scholar. During his studies, Chris attended university at each of Universidad Católica del Ecuador in Quito, Ecuador, University College Cork, in Cork, Ireland, and the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain. Long before that, beginning in 6th grade, Chris attended the State University of New York at Buffalo for six years of graduate- level mathematics classes wearing thick glasses, awkward braces, and knowing the entire time that technology and computers would be passions of his for life.

Always taught by his parents the importance of giving back to those who need our help, Chris dedicates much of his time to helping charity:water and Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG Foundation and, if you spend any time with him, he will likely rope you into doing your part as well. When not on the road for his companies, or huddled up in the cramped apartments and coffeeshops where his entrepreneurs often write their code, Chris lives in Truckee, California, is an avid Pacifica surfer, San Mateo kitesurfer, Lake Tahoe skier, two-time Ironman triathlete, and he recently bicycled coast-to-coast across the United States of America.

Recent Milestones

Investments

Company Date Round Size Participants
Blue Bottle Coffee 2/2014Series B$25.7M8
Medium 1/2014Series A$25M13
FOBO 10/2013Seed$1.6M19
Chewse 4/2013Seed$1M6
Streak 10/2012Convertible Note$1.9M10
VHX 6/2012Seed$1.25M10
Gumroad 2/2012Seed$1.1M6
Blue Bottle Coffee 2012Venture Round$20M7
Liftopia 10/2011Venture Round$1.3M5
RecordSetter 9/2011Series A$1M3
Twitter 8/2011Series G$400M5
Embedly 6/2011Series A$450k6
Milk 4/2011Angel$1.5M25
Message Bus 3/2011Series A$3.35M11
Kickstarter 3/2011Venture Round$10M18
AdGrok 3/2011Angel$470k4
dotCloud 2/2011Angel$800k10
1000memories 2/2011Series A$2.52M8
Instagram 2/2011Series A$7M5
AeroFS 8/2010Seed11
GroupSpaces 6/2010Venture Round$1.3M9
Hello Chair 4/2010Venture Round$875k4
Optimizely 3/2010Angel$1.2M21
Backupify 2/2010Seed$900k7
Graphicly 1/2010Series A$1.2M8
Cardpool 1/2010Seed17
Lookout 12/2009Series A$5.5M4
Gowalla 12/2009Series B$8.29M10
SimpleGeo 11/2009Seed$1.47M15
DailyBooth 10/2009Angel$1M11
RecordSetter 9/2009Angel1
Typekit 6/2009Venture Round8
Bitly 3/2009Series A$2M14
FanBridge 3/2009Seed$350k4
Twilio 1/2009Seed$1M9
Tipjoy 9/2008Angel$1M3
RescueTime 9/2008Series A$900k6
Someecards 4/2008Seed$350k2
Omnisio 1/2008Seed2
Twitter 7/2007Series A$5M10
Hello Chair 6/2007Seed$15k3
Auctomatic 1/2007Angel$400k2
Photobucket 5/2006Series B$10.5M2

Videos

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Added: 6/21/11

Sources

    Chris Sacca raising $25M investment fund, according to SEC filing (venturebeat.com) [edit]
  1. Blue Bottle Coffee Closes $25.75M Second Funding Round (finsmes.com) [edit]
  2. Blogging Platform Medium Closes $25M Round Led By Greylock (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  3. AngelList (angel.co) [edit]
  4. 500 Startups-Backed Food Delivery Startup Chewse Raises $1 Million From Chris Sacca And Others (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  5. Streak Raises $1.9 Million For Gmail-Based CRM App (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  6. VHX Raises $1.25 Million From Lerer Ventures And Angels To Democratize Video Distribution Online (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  7. Gumroad Gets $1.1 Million From Chris Sacca, Max Levchin And Others To Turn Any Link Into A Payment System (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  8. techcrunch.com [edit]
  9. Ski Lift Ticket Retailer Liftopia Raises $1.3 Million (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  10. Chris Sacca And Others Invest $1 Million In A Startup That Wants Everyone To Hold A World Record (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  11. Twitter starts buzz with reported $400M VC round (masshightech.com) []
  12. Embedly Raises Another $450K, Launches One API To Rule All Embeds (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  13. Milk Completes $1.5 Million Angel Round, Packed with Valley Names (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  14. Message Bus: The Start Project’s First Graduate Launches, Pulls In A Cool $3 Million (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  15. Kickstarter Fesses Up: The Crowd-Sourced Funding Startup Has Funding Too (mediamemo.allthingsd.com) [edit]
  16. AdGrok Raises $470K To Be The TurboTax For Search Engine Marketing (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  17. Ron Conway, Chris Sacca And Others Invest 800K In PaaS Dotcloud (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  18. Greylock Invests $2.5 Million in 1000Memories (TCTV) (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  19. Instagram Raises $7M (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  20. YC-Funded AeroFS: It's Like Dropbox, But it Runs Inside Your Firewall (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  21. GroupSpaces secures $1.3 million and brings Valley players on board (eu.techcrunch.com) [edit]
  22. SEC D (sec.gov) [edit]
  23. Optimizely A/B Tests Its Way To $1.2 Million In Funding From A Roster Of Top Angels (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  24. TechCrunch (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  25. Graphic.ly Raises $1.2M For Comic Publishing (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  26. Citation Needed [add]
  27. Security App Maker Lookout Raises $5.5M From Khosla, Trilogy (fis.dowjones.com) [edit]
  28. TechCrunch, SEC (crunchbase.com) [edit]
  29. TechCrunch, SEC (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  30. YC-Funded DailyBooth Raises $1 Million From Sequoia, Kevin Rose, Ron Conway Et Al. (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  31. Citation Needed [add]
  32. Small Batch Inc. Announces Typekit Funding (blog.typekit.com) [edit]
  33. TinyURL Rival Bit.ly Raises $2 Million (businessinsider.com) []
  34. TechCrunch (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  35. TechCrunch (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  36. Tipjoy Raises $1 Million For Its Simple Micropayment Platform (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  37. techcrunch.com [edit]
  38. TechCrunch (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  39. Citation Needed [add]
  40. More Information On That Secretive Twitter Financing (techcrunch.com) []
  41. YCombinator.com [edit]
  42. Citation Needed [add]
  43. PhotoBucket Closes $10.5M From Trinity Ventures (techcrunch.com) [edit]
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