"In the five years I have spent building DataRobot, no single person has been more helpful to me and the company than Chris. Because he is a recent operator (rather than a lifetime investor), his network is fresh and extensive. Tell Chris that the company needs something, and he immediately starts tapping away at his phone, connecting you to someone who can help solve a problem or fill an important role. My CFO, EVP of Engineering, and countless other employees and assets came from his network. He genuinely cares and treats me more like a member of his family than an investment. The best way to describe him is as a father figure who will give you all the help you ask for but ultimately lets you run the company (and make mistakes). He also doesn't "play ball" with investors who attempt to conspire to take advantage of founders. I can honestly say that without Chris DataRobot would have resulted in some mediocre outcome or worse. Thank you Chris."
Bob Brennan, CEO Veracode (Acquired by CA)
"Over the years, whenever I’ve been faced with complex issues where all the alternatives seemed bad, I’ve turned to Chris as one of my key advisors. His ability to get at the essence of the problem by separating out the noise is uncanny. He brings head, heart and gut into alignment with an energy that is entirely unique and genuine."
Jen Andre, CEO Komand (Acquired by Rapid7), Founder of Threat Stack
"Working with Chris and Cort was a game changer for Komand and Threat Stack. It's truly unique to see investors who aren't afraid to "roll up their sleeves" alongside the entrepreneur to tackle the many challenges of early stage companies - whether it comes to fundraising, acquiring customers, or recruiting, I could pick up the phone with any problem and call them anytime, knowing I'd have a partner on the other line. Unlike other investors, they are committed to your success as an individual along with the success of the business."
Jason Meller, CEO Kolide
"Chris is a diligent investor, exudes passion like a founder, and collaborates like a mentor. Be it fundraising, talent acquisition, or customer introductions, Chris will ruthlessly assist you in each so that success is the only possible outcome."
Brian Ahern, CEO Threat Stack
"Ideally when selecting your investors and building your board you seek a combination of proven track record of investment and operational expertise. Seldom will you find both in a single individual, however, Chris Lynch is the exception. As a successful operator turned investor there is no better person to partner with when building an investor backed company. The job of the CEO can be a lonely one so partnering with someone who has sat in those very same shoes is an invaluable asset."
Scott Howser, CEO Nutonian (Acquired by DataRobot)
"Chris and Cort are the best early stage investors I’ve had the chance to work with. They led our seed round and were instrumental in every stage of the company’s development. If you are looking for a partner willing to invest their time, personal network and ultimately become part of your team, Chris and Cort are the only option in venture."
Jay Greenberg, CEO LexShares
"I have never met another investor like Chris, he's the ultimate weapon. Tactical, honest and highly perceptive. Given his experience as a proven operator and executive, Chris' ability to deliver is unparalleled.
Cort is the ultimate connector. From fundraising to recruiting, his pragmatic and positive 'get it done' attitude makes him indispensable to any early stage company."
Thiago Costa, CEO Lagoa (Acquired by Autodesk)
"I had the pleasure to work with Chris during our series A round and as a board member. As a CEO I value having an experienced mentor that has real-world experience building, operating and exiting companies. I highly recommend Chris to all early-stage companies."
Clement Cazalot, Managing Director TechStars, CEO docTrackr (Acquired by Intralinks)
"Chris was one of the most strategic investors I had the chance to work with as a CEO, helping us from getting our first B2B customers, until the negotiation of our acquisition. He always had in mind our interest as founders, before putting his hat as an institutional investor. Chris always provided clear and actionable feedback, allowing me to grow as an entrepreneur. If you have the chance to work with Chris, I wouldn't hesitate, he is there for the founders first and foremost!"
Christopher Ahlberg, CEO Recorded Future
"Chris has been instrumental in the success we've had at Recorded Future especially when it comes to building a sales organization, recruiting talent and establishing our go to market strategy. He's been an incredible advisor, investor and board member. I recommend that any entrepreneur work with Chris."
Justin Borgman, CEO Hadapt (Acquired by Teradata)
"Outside of my own family, nobody has had a more profound impact on my development as an entrepreneur and CEO. Chris's deep operating expertise and colorful storytelling are both incredibly valuable and wildly entertaining. He pushes the limits of your abilities and tests your patience, all with the goal of making you the best that you can be."
John Langton, CEO VisiTrend (Acquired by Carbon Black)
"Chris is the best early stage investor I've had the chance to work with. He led our seed round and was hands on with us until the sale of our company to Carbon Black. He helped us raise investment capital as well as position our company to acquirers in the market. As an investor and partner, he put our interests first. To any entrepreneur out there, I would highly recommend working with him."
Mark Terenzoni, CEO SQRRL
"As an investor and mentor, Chris puts the entrepreneur's interests first. To any entrepreneur out there, I would highly recommend working with him."
Sandra Richter, CEO Soofa
"As my lead investor, Chris believed in me and gave me a chance to make my dream of Soofa a reality."
Jon Ricci, CEO Prechorus
"Chris and Cort are a 1-2 punch that will not be denied; they have an uncanny ability to offer both the insight of seasoned operators and the empathy that entrepreneurs need during the inevitable growing pains.
Anyone can write a check, but the critical stuff comes after the money's in the bank. They bring unmatched authenticity and are as loyal as they come."