Chris is an Angel Investor and Venture Capitalist that currently lives in Los Angeles.
He started working for The Yucaipa Companies in 2009 and oversees all of Ron Burkle’s venture capital investments.
Chris is also the Managing Partner of A-Grade Investments, a venture capital fund founded in 2010 by Ashton Kutcher, Guy Oseary, and Ron Burkle to opportunistically invest in technology start-up companies.
Chris has been involved in more than 100 venture capital deals over the last several years (including Uber, Airbnb, Spotify, Houzz, Soundcloud, Nest, and Pinterest) and was named one of the 32 most influential investors (outside Silicon Valley).
Chris is frequently quoted in the press as a venture capital expert, and he has also judged various start-up competitions.
In addition to his roles at Yucaipa and A-Grade, Chris is also a Co-Founder and Partner at Inevitable Ventures with DA Wallach. As the name of the fund suggests, the team believes that inevitable ventures emerge at the intersection of the rational and the radical. Inevitable Ventures has invested in companies such as 8i, Thrive Market, and Common.
Lastly, Chris is an angel investor, and he personally invests in various start-up companies through his own entity Hollod Holdings. His angel investments range from technology start-ups to consumer products and include Sweetgreen, Dirty Lemon, Pressed Juicery, House Beer, Elysium Health, Hyperloop One, and Planet.
Prior to becoming a Venture Capitalist, Chris was an Investment Banker.
Chris graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University with degrees in Economics, Finance, and Philosophy.
In his free time, Chris enjoys music, movies, hiking, philosophy, chess, and wine. Chris and his brother started a non-profit wine label, KMH Vineyards, in 2016 in memory of their mother. They launched their first wine, a California Pinot Noir, in 2017 in partnership with Pencils of Promise.