Chris Lucas

Founder & Managing Director of Black diamond Ventures

Chris formed Black Diamond Ventures to provide the individual investor the ability to invest alongside first-tier venture capital firms and institutional investors in privately-held companies. For over 20 years, Chris has raised capital, held board positions and managed several of the portfolio companies through successful IPO's or acquisitions, including DexCom (DXCM), DivX Networks (DivX), Khimetrics (Acquired by SAP) and Forece10 Network (Acquired by Dell).  Chris currently serves on the board of several private companies and foundations, including LiquidSpace, Tela Innovations, NEI Treatment Systems, Capella Photonics and The Lucas Brothers Foundation.

Prior to Black Diamond Ventures, Chris held executive positions for over 20 years, in several venture-backed or privately held companies, including Global One Distribution and Merchandising, and Peripheral Systems.  Through his venture partnerships and family relationships, Chris was previously an investor in Advanced Fibre Communications (AFC), Cadence Design Systems (CDNS), Cerus Corporation (CERS), Coulter Pharmaceuticals (CLTR), Infinera Corporation (INFN), Macromedia (MACR), Quantum Health (QNTM) and Vixel Corporation (VIXL).

Chris received his MBA in Finance from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California Los Angeles.Meet Chris at Meet the Funders.