Chris Lynch is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Accomplice, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology companies. Chris backs entrepreneurs building companies based on disruptive enterprise technology and is most often the founding investor. He is also co-founder of hack/reduce, a non-profit that is driving Boston’s big data ecosystem, hack/secure, a non-profit shaping the Cybersecurity community across the U.S. and is an advisor and mentor to dozens of entrepreneurs and startups.
Before joining Accomplice, Chris held CEO and leadership roles at tech startups where during his career he raised over $150M in capital and returned more than $7B to his investors. Chris was CEO of Vertica (acquired by HP) and Acopia Networks (acquired by F5 Networks); and held executive leadership positions at Arrowpoint Communications (IPO, then acquired by Cisco), Prominet (acquired by Lucent) and Wellfleet Communications (acquired by Bay Networks).
Chris is an avid supporter of the St. Baldrick’s foundation. He first became involved with St. Baldrick’s more than four years ago when he launched the first annual hack/reduce and Boston Big Data fundraising event. Since then, the event has raised more than $1M to help fund pediatric cancer research.
Chris was born in Yonkers, New York. He attended Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Management where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems; followed by Bentley College’s Elkin B. McCallum Graduate School of Business, where he received an MBA with a concentration in Marketing. Chris also received an honorary doctorate of commercial science from Bentley University. A father of five children, he and his wife live outside Boston.