Granite Ventures | Team
Chris Hollenbeck is a founding member of the Granite Ventures team. In 1998 he was part of the team that spun Granite out of Hambrecht & Quist where he spent eight years as part of the corporate finance, M&A and venture capital teams.
Chris is focused on entrepreneurs and companies in the enterprise software and digital media markets.
He was an investor in one of the early SaaS successes (Convio) ans is active in the Cloud applications area, sitting on the boards of companies such as HireVue and Workboard. Both of these companies make employees, teams and organizations more successful and productive, and this continues to be one of Chris’s key investment themes in the enterprise space.
Chris is increasingly focused on opportunities in digital media, especially at the intersection of traditional and interactive entertainment. He is on the boards of Smule, a pioneer social music networks, and Telltale, the leader in story-based games such as The Walking Dead and Minecraft: Story Mode. Most venture investors shy away from content. Chris believes great content makes for a great business…the key is efficient, consistent production and genuine audience engagement. To round out the approach, he believes in investing across the spectrum of IP creation, production tool chains, distribution and monetization.
Earlier in his career, Chris sponsored Granite’s investments in Digimarc (NASDAQ: DMRC) and Vignette (NASDAQ: VIGN), and was a member of the Boards of Auditude prior to its acquisition by Adobe Systems (NASDAQ: ADBE), AvantGo prior to its acquisition by Sybase (NYSE: SY), Convio (NASDAQ: CNVO) prior to its acquisition by Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), DecisionView prior to its acquisition by IMS Health, Episodic prior to its acquisition by Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), and of Liquent prior to its acquisition by Information Holdings (NYSE: IHI).
Chris is married with three children and lives in San Francisco. He and his wife are ardent fans of the arts, particularly the theater and ballet. Chris sits on the board of the MFA program at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater and is active in raising money for student scholarships. He is also an avid runner, having completed numerous ultramarathons including the Western States 100 and the Marathon des Sables.
Chris holds a B.A. in American Studies from Stanford University.