Chris Lynch

Chris is a founder of FKA (the technology team formerly at Atlas Venture) and focuses on big data and disruptive infrastructure.

At FKA, Chris is responsible for our investments in Captricity, Data Robot, Nutonian, Sqrrl, and Threat Stack, all of which he seeded, as well as Objective Logistics, Recorded Future, and Reddo Mobility.  Chris also led our investment in Hadapt, where he served as chairman prior to the company’s sale to Teradata (NYSE: TDC), and was instrumental in the sale of Lagoa to Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK).  He previously served as chairman of Azuki Systems before its sale to Ericsson in 2014.  Chris is an advisor and mentor to many Boston area entrepreneurs and is the co-founder of hack/reduce, a non-profit community space in Cambridge focused on big data technology.

Prior to joining Atlas in 2012, Chris successfully drove growth and led several companies to exit, generating billions of dollars in proceeds.  Most recently, Chris was president and chief executive officer of Vertica Systems, where he led the company from late stage startup to the top ranked big data company globally.  Chris joined Vertica out of Atlas’ entrepreneur-in-residence program.  HP acquired Vertica in March 2011, and following the acquisition Chris served as senior vice president and general manager of HP’s Database Business Unit.

Previously, Chris was president and chief executive officer of Acopia Networks, which was acquired by F5 Networks.  At F5 Networks, Chris served as senior vice president of data solutions where he was responsible for building the company’s vision in the data management space.  Prior to F5 and Acopia, Chris led global sales and marketing for Arrowpoint Communications through its IPO and subsequent $5.7 billion acquisition by Cisco.  Chris then joined Cisco as vice president of sales and marketing for its content management business.  Chris’ track record of success continues back through Lucent, which acquired Prominet; Bay Networks, which acquired Wellfleet Communications; and Digital.  In each of Prominet, Bay Networks, Wellfleet Communications, and Digital, Chris served in sales leadership positions.

Chris received an MBA from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University, and a BS in business administration from Suffolk University.  He received an honorary doctor of commercial science from Bentley University.

When he’s not working to establish Boston as the technical hub for big data, Chris supports St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to pediatric cancer research.