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University of Queensland, Bachelor's Degree 2006

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Chris Sheehan

Chris is a managing director of CommonAngels, where he invests in technology startups. Over the past 5 years, he has led CommonAngels investments in Carbonite, Clovr Media, Practically Green, OwnerIQ, Xconomy, Insightix, Blaze Software, Offerpop, Yieldbot, Powerhouse Dynamics and GateRocket. His investment focus is in Internet, media, and software sectors.

Previously, Chris founded Newburyport Partners, a consulting firm that works with investors and their portfolio companies. Chris also served as a venture partner at Industry Ventures where he was actively involved in the acquisition and management of secondary venture investment portfolios.

Prior to starting Newburyport Partners, Chris was a Director of Corporate Development for BEA Systems, a leading enterprise software company with over $1B in sales.

Prior to BEA, Chris led the private equity practice for the startup research firm, Stax Inc. Chris also spent six years with the top ranked investment bank in Australia and co-founded an investment firm, Northstate Partners.

He started his career as an equity analyst focusing on the oil and gas sector.

He also serves on the board for the Center for Women & Enterprise, is a mentor at TechStars, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Queensland, Australia.

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Company Date Round Size Participants
Help Scout 10/2011Seed$435k16



  1. Help Scout Draws Funding To Bring Affordable Email Collaboration And Support To Startups ( [edit]
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