Chris, a serial entrepreneur and 10-year veteran of the video advertising space, is the Chairman & CEO of Digital Broadcasting Group (DBG), one of the top online video distribution networks that also specializes in the production and distribution of original branded video content across the Web and other emerging platforms. As CEO, Chris oversees the strategic direction and management of DBG’s core business divisions.
Under Chris’ leadership, The DBG Video Network has emerged as a comScore-rated top 10 video ad network with 83 million uniques accumulated across 2,600 web properties. Since 2007, DBG has been on the forefront of enabling big-name brands like Ford, Diet Coke, HP, Sprint, Wal-Mart Unilever and Kimberly-Clark among others to advance their brands through branded entertainment and custom video programming.
As an entrepreneur with multiple exits, it was only natural that I was eventually drawn toward backing others that shared my passion for creating and solving today's business challenges. I initially started investing as an angel, and following the exit of my last business, decided to formalize my investing approach through a fund along with my partners (who are all also former entrepreneurs themselves).
How good of a driver are they and is their clear founder/market fit? Do they have a unique vision of the world born out of their own experiences? Do they understand where their world is heading, and all of the other players in the landscape? And finally, do they have the execution skills to achieve what they've set out to do, not only from a product but also a sales perspective?
My approach varies depending on what founders need and how active they want me to be. Given that I've started and exited two businesses before, I've well aware of the challenges that founders face every day -- and so more often than not founder want to engage with me around specific issues in their businesses. I am quite honest about where I see potential pitfalls coming, but also the first to congratulate a founder and team on their wins.
Really know your business and have a well thought out understanding of your vision and strategy for executing that vision. I like founders that can tell why the business they are creating has the potential to be massive, but also understands in a detailed way how to get there. Know your numbers, your product vision, and go-to-market in a specific manner. Of course, some things may change along the way but I like to know that entrepreneurs have thought through these aspects of their business deeply.
I am here to help passionate founders solve huge business challenges. Whether that be as Chair at Startout, a non-profit whose mission it is increase the number, diversity, and impact of LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and amplify their stories to drive the economic empowerment of the community; or as a General Partner at Revel, a more traditional venture firm focused on early stage companies, I am most excited when working with founders that have a unique insight and passion toward solving big challenges.
I love the community that's been built here over the years and continues to flourish. I am bullish on the future of NYC and excited for what the next decade brings.