An accomplished venture investor, company advisor, and entrepreneur, Chris manages a portfolio of over eighty 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 like Twitter, Uber, Instagram, and Kickstarter, Lowercase has quietly grown to be one of the larger venture funds in the United States.
Previously, Chris served as Head of Special Initiatives at Google Inc. In that role, among other responsibilities, he founded and headed up Google’s Access division. 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. In recognition of his accomplishments, Chris was one among the first Google employees ever given the Founders’ Award, the company’s highest honor.
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 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. In 2012, Chris continued his work as a National Finance Committee member, a host of the President’s own technology roundtable series, and as a Co-Chair of Tech for Obama.
In The Wall Street Journal, Chris was once cited as “possibly the most influential businessman in America” and Vanity Fair recently named Chris to its distinguished “New Establishment” list. Since 2011, Chris has been one of the youngest members of the coveted Forbes “Midas List” recognizing the country’s top technology investors and has been climbing up the list each year, landing at #3 in 2015. Chris is a fixture in the Silicon Valley startup community, in part for the kind of fruitful and fun collaborations with early stage companies for which he was named of the top 10 angel investors in the country by BusinessWeek, and in part for his unforgettable cowboy shirts which earned him a spot on GQ’s ”Worst Dressed List”.
Chris is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, which annually selects 20 of the world’s most promising leaders and public servants under the age of 45 and he has also served as an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School at Oxford University and as an MIT Enterprise Forum Global Trustee.
Chris regularly appears on television, radio, and in print and has been featured in BusinessWeek, 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: the 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 7th grade, Chris attended the State University of New York at Buffalo for six years of college 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, 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 coffee shops where his entrepreneurs often write their code, Chris lives with his family in both Truckee and Los Angeles California, is an avid alpine and nordic skier of the Sierra, surfer and kitesurfer of the California coast, an Ironman triathlete, and he has bicycled coast-to-coast across the United States of America.
Known in both the media and technology worlds as an accomplished advisor and incubator of talent and ideas, Matt is Managing Director at Lowercase Capital leading a seed and series A investment strategy into consumer web, mobile, and wireless technology start-ups. Focused on helping entrepreneurs build early stage technology companies, Matt manages a portfolio of over forty investments at the forefront of technology and media including Uber, Twitter, Stripe, Optimizely, Artillery Games, StyleSeat, Ranker, Mark43, Makespace, and VHX.
Prior to joining Lowercase Capital, Matt spearheaded many of the digital and venture efforts at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency. Matt helped shape the agency’s seed stage investment strategy and played an integral role in the founding of CAA’s incubated start-up companies, including Funny or Die, WhoSay, and Moonshark. Along the way, Matt recruited top talent, built out operating models, and helped raise capital from top institutional partners including Greylock Partners, Sequoia Capital, Amazon, Qualcomm, Comcast Ventures, and Tencent.
Beyond his work in Hollywood, Matt established much of CAA’s presence in Silicon Valley, integrating technology into entertainment, and helping talent navigate the world of entrepreneurship. In the course of that work, Matt became a trusted voice on the evolution of digital media and helped sign and represent many of the world’s largest technology brands including Google, Cisco, Tencent, and Amazon. Throughout his career, Matt has represented and advised top talent in television, film, fashion, music, and sports on their content deals in digital, social media, and mobile distribution. As part of these efforts, he has helped broker millions of dollars in financing for original content with major digital platforms including YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and Yahoo!. In addition, for his clients like Phil Defranco, Michelle Phan, and Kevin Wu, he helped extend their massive YouTube platforms into television, publishing, licensing, and endorsement deals.
With a unique and diverse background placing him at the juncture of several industries, Matt has been recognized as an innovative force across technology, entertainment, and advertising for which Fast Company named Matt one of the Most Creative People in Business. In addition to making Forbes Midas Brink List in 2014, Matt has been recognized on both Ad Age’s 40 Under 40 List in 2013, and The Wrap’s Inaugural Innovators List.
In 2013, Fast Company featured Matt as one of the “Rebels Saving Hollywood” and he is a powerful voice on the future of technology and media. Matt is a fixture at tech, media and advertising events and regularly speaks at industry leading conferences including SXSW, TechCrunch Disrupt, Ad Age Digital Conference, Vidcon, and many others.
Passionate about giving back, Matt has spent the last six years with Habitat for Humanity making annual visits to New Orleans to build houses for Hurricane Katrina victims in the Lower and Upper Ninth Ward. Matt received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 2005, enjoys traveling and watching his beloved Los Angeles Lakers.
Crystal English Sacca
A globally renowned advertising creative, Crystal joined Lowercase and co-led our initial investment in Uber and Blue Bottle among others. When selecting and advising portfolio companies she often relies upon her experience helping outfits like Audi, Intel, Barclays, HBO, Sprint, and even Napster speak to a worldwide audience with thought-provoking wit.
Her advertising career was hallmarked by a Cannes Lion, Two Gold Cannes Cyberlions, some One Show Pencils, and a pile of ADCs, D&DADs, Kellys, Andys, Effies, Webbys, and ADDYs. She was also named an ADC Young Gun, one of AdWeek’s “Best Creatives You Don’t Know” and has served as a judge for the One Show and the Webbys. You’ll likely recognize her “Rock Star” spot for Intel which was regarded as one of the funniest spots of the year and ultimately translated into multiple languages.
When not investing in startups and restaurants, Crystal can be found designing books, websites, product labels, teaching yoga, advising non-profits, and raising three kids under five. Her wine book “The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert” was a New York Times Bestseller and Amazon #1. The follow-up book, “The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All” launched last October to great acclaim and is a surefire way to take the mystery out of whiskey.