Albinson is Co-Founder & Managing Director of BreakawayGrowth Fund. We look for founders with a capital-efficient mindset who will achieve more with less. This matters. Our focus is on early-stage companies in North America. We are happy to partner with founders early and be the first investor or invest as part of a larger syndicate in pre-seed, seed, Series A & B rounds.
Our partners have been early investors in companies that have created $45bn+ in value including Pinterest, Docusign, Newbridge Networks & Juniper Networks. We invested $1.06B & returned $4.25B, 3.8X over 26 years working with 68 amazing founders & companies. We are based in San Francisco. Chris J Albinson is the co-founder of BreakawayGrowth Fund, the C100, MIE, FCC, and Panorama Capital.
Prior exits include Pinterest (IPO NASDAQ: PINS), DocuSign (IPO NASDAQ: DOCU), Ticketfly (acquired by NASDAQ: Pandora), Elemental Technology (Acquired by NASDAQ: Amazon), Good Technology (Acquired by NASDAQ: Blackberry), PasswordBox (Acquired by NASDAQ: Intel), and Juniper (IPO NASDAQ: JNPR).
Chris is currently on the board of Senso.ai, and an investor in GameClub, HarperWilde, SignalWire, Gentreo, CareerList, Pinterest, Turo, Stance, 33Across, Uberflip, People.AI, Lovepop, and 7 stealth companies. He is a mentor and/or advisor for TechStars, Garage Capital, SAAS North, CIX - Canadian Innovation Exchange Top 20, and TiEcon 2020.
Previously, Chris was a General Partner at JP Morgan Partners ($6.5B AUM private equity firm). General Partner & Founder of FCC ($412M AUM secondary fund). Chris also helped grow four startups, most recently as Chief Strategy Officer for Digital Island (NASDAQ: ISLD; acquired by Cable & Wireless in 2001) and Newbridge Networks (NYSE: NN).
• Founder | Co-Founder of 5 companies (communications, software, services), currently serving as CEO of HyperSpectral APD)
• 30+ years as investor and entrepreneur in Communications/Media/Technology
• Forbes top 100 venture capitalist (Forbes Midas List)
• 15 years as a Managing Partner at Columbia Capital ($2 Billion+ CMT Venture/PE Fund)
• CEO | EVP of 4 growth companies
• President telecom investment bank; Corporate finance and M&A lawyer
• Past and Current Boards: Public - Metro PCS (PCS - now TMUS); Equinix (EQIX), Pegasus (PGTV), DSL
Broadband (DSLN); Private - 10 mobile operators, 11 Media and IT Service and Software companies
Matt joined Columbia Capital in 1996 and focuses on investments in the wireless communications and IT services sectors. Matt is currently a member of the Board of Directors of CCTV Wireless, ExteNet Systems, MindSHIFT Technologies, Optasite, Revol Wireless, and TriStar Investors. Previous investments that Matt has led or co-led on behalf of Columbia Capital include Adjoined Technologies (acquired by Kanbay International), Affinity Internet (acquired by Hostway), WCS Wireless (acquired by Nextwave Wireless), and WNP Communications (acquired by XO Communications). Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Matt spent several years in the corporate finance department of Dean Witter Reynolds where he focused on private market financings for industrial manufacturing and services companies. Matt received his B.S. in Business Administration from Washington & Lee University.