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A New York VC Spotlight: Chris Fralic


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CHRIS FRALIC

Chris Fralic is a Partner at First Round Capital. Since joining the firm in 2006, he has focused in areas such as advertising technology, social media, ecommerce and gaming. He also serves as a board member for the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute (formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management).

Some of Fralic’s impressive employment history includes six years at eBay, Vice President of Business Development at del.icio.us, Vice President of Business Development at Nextron, Director of Business Development at America Online and Account Manager at Oracle.

Fralic has attended and been involved with the TED Conference since 1994 and helped launch TEDTalks, which have been viewed over a billion times. Chris is a co-inventor of two US Patent for listing goods for sale.

Fralic earned a B.S. in Finance from Villanova University and an M.B.A. from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He is an avid skier/snowboarder and tennis player and runner, has finished four marathons with his wife – and swears he will never run one again.

VC Firm:

Partner at First Round Capital (Founded in 2004)

Sector Focus:

Internet, Technology, Commerce, Media

Notable Investments:

CoTweet
FanBridge
Invite Media
Yummly
myYearbook

Boards:

Invite Media
Adaptly
Percolate
DoubleVerify
LiveIntent
AdCopy

Expertise Areas:

Sales, eCommerce, AdTech

Blogs, Twitter & Websites:

Twitter
LinkedIn
Website

Memorable Quotes:

On Wearables: “…it’s an exciting time for the category, sales seem strong even with all the current limitations, and that we’re on the verge of some really amazing products.”

On Getting VCs to Read and Act on your Email: “By and large, less Is more – spend the time to boil it down into as few sentences as possible to get your point across. Bold the ask – make it easy for them know what you’re looking for.”

 

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About the author: Nicolette Tuono

Nicolette is a senior at the University of Delaware. She’s currently studying for a B.A. in Communications with minors in English and Journalism and will be graduating in the spring.

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