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Chris Schaepe


"I have had the privilege of backing over 10 first-time CEOs who led their startups through successful IPOs. Whether you are a veteran CEO or new in this role, I would be delighted to contribute a network and knowledge base acquired over 20 years in the venture capital business to support you in creating a large, impactful company."

Chris is a Partner of Lightspeed Venture Partners. He has over 20 years of venture capital experience and invests in areas including networking, storage, cloud, software/SaaS, big data as well as mobile technologies and applications. Chris has been named to the Forbes Midas List of top venture capital investors 11 times since its introduction in 2001. He has also backed over 10 first-time CEOs who have led their startup companies though successful IPOs. Chris has served as a director of a number of public companies including eHealth (EHTH), Fusion-io (FIO) and Riverbed Technology (RVBD) where he currently serves as Chairman of the Compensation Committee.

Prior to Lightspeed, Chris was a General Partner of Weiss, Peck & Greer Venture Partners which he joined in 1991 to focus on seed and early-stage investments in technology companies. Previously, he worked in corporate finance and capital markets roles at Goldman, Sachs & Co. after serving as a software engineer at IBM. Chris holds BS and MS degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Selected investments include Aerohive, Avamar (acquired by EMC), Avere, Brocade (BRCD), Ciena (CIEN), Cohere Wireless, Delphix, eHealth (EHTH), eve.com (acquired by IdeaLab), Fusion-io (FIO), Galileo Technology (acquired post-IPO by MRVL), Kenandy, Lightreading (acquired by CMT), Link-A-Media, Personalis, Plexxi, Push Computing, Quantum Effect Devices (acquired post-IPO by PMCS), Rhythm NewMedia, Riverbed Technology (RVBD), Solazyme (SZYM), Tintri and Virtual Instruments.

Chris enjoys mentoring student entrepreneurs and is involved in startup-related university programs at Stanford and MIT including MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. He also has an interest in children’s health and education, currently serving as Vice Chairman of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health and Trustee of Trinity School in Menlo Park, CA.

“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.”

Albert Szent-Györgyi
1937 Nobel Prize in Medicine

“There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they can grow up in peace.”

Kofi Annan
2001 Nobel Peace Prize

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Chris Schaepe
Email:   chris@lsvp dot com

Current Investments:


Public, HIVE

Avere Systems
Cohere Technologies
Guardant Health

Prior Investments:

Riverbed Technology

Public, RVBD

Quantum Effect Dev.

Acquired, PMCS, post IPO


Public, SZYM


Public, FIO


Acquired, EMC


Public, BRCD


Public, CIEN


Acquired, CSCO


Public, EHTH


Acquired, IdeaLab

Galileo Technology

Acquired, MRVL, Post IPO

IGN Entertainment

Acquired, NWSA, post IPO

Information Advantage

Acquired, Sterling, post IPO


Acquired, Solectron

Light Reading

Acquired, CMP Media


Acquired, INTC

Lightspeed International

Acquired, CSCO


Acquired, SK Hynix

Pixer Technologies

Acquired, Carl Zeiss SMT

Premisys Communications

Acquired, Zhone, post IPO

Rhythm NewMedia

Acquired, Blinkx


Acquired, INTC


Acquired, Motorola, post IPO


Public, TMTA

Virtual Instruments