Chris Onan  Co-Founder and Managing Director, Galvanize   Linkedin

Chris Onan

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Galvanize


Chris raised over $85 million of capital to support Galvanize’s growth and expansion from a concept to seven campuses with locations including San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Denver, Boulder, Phoenix and Austin. Galvanize’s software development and data science programs have produced over 2,000 graduates with job placement rates of over 90% and ~2x increase in salary. 

Chris is Managing Director of the Galvanize Venture Fund.  The fund closed with $10 million of commitments in July 2014 and has made over 50 investments across the U.S. thus far.   Representative investments: Cloud Elements, RachioParkifiPurewow, Planetary Resources, Airhelp, etc.

Prior to co-founding Galvanize, Chris was a partner with Appian Ventures where he worked with Ping Identity (acquired by Vista Equity), mPay Gateway (acquired by Payspan), T3 Media, Tendril and Auctionpay (acquired by Global Payments).   Earlier in his career, he had the privilege of working with companies such as Broadbus Technologies, (acquired by Motorola)Datalogix (acquired by Oracle), Tian Software (sold to Outlooksoft/SAP) and Ischemia Technologies (sold to Alere,). Chris is also an investor in Closely, Inc. and Bullet Time Ventures (Uber, Sendgrid, Twilio, Simply Measured.)

Chris spent four years with LEK Consulting, an international strategy consulting boutique, before locating to Colorado.  Chris speaks often about entrepreneurial finance at both Denver University’s Daniels College of Business and the Leeds College of Business at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  He is a current board member and the former President and Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association, and is a co-founder of the Associates Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado.  

Education: BA in Economics, Northwestern University, (Phi Beta Kappa)