EVP & Managing Director
Chris Franz has over 20 years of experience in building and scaling high tech, high growth companies. Chris has founded more than 10 startups focusing on emerging technology, data analytics, SaaS software and data center systems. He has built companies funded by venture capital, angel capital and bootstrapping, running technology organizations with budgets from nearly nothing up to $3.5 B. Chris was previously CEO & President of Atrium Capital Management Group, where he integrated traditional financial services discipline with big data analytics. With Atrium colleague Brent Johnson, now First Capital Managing Director & General Counsel, Chris managed and deployed over $100 million in fund assets and over $75 million in lending facilities. Other prior leadership roles include those with Northrup Grumman, TRW and Health Allies (acquired by UnitedHealth Group).
Chris is a respected mentor, board member and leader of the startup movement in Colorado. He is a global facilitator for the TechStars Startup Weekend program and has served on numerous start-up and non-profit boards to drive the entrepreneurial ecosystem, including the boards of Startup Colorado and Peak Startup. He was named the 2007 Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Colorado Springs (CO) Business Journal. Chris holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.