Chris Cusack
Managing Partner, Venture Investing

Chris specializes in helping corporations, foundations, and governments drive new growth by engaging with the global technology ecosystem. As Managing Partner of Mach49’s Venture Investing practice, he advises leading global corporations on designing and executing new approaches to venture capital, corporate development,
and strategic partnering.

Prior to joining Mach49, Chris was a Partner at Silicon Foundry — a boutique innovation advisory firm. While there, he led advisory relationships with a variety of Global 2000 corporations, including BHP, Delta Air Lines, Deutsche Telekom, UPS, and Whirlpool, to elevate their practices surrounding VC fund formation and operations, partnership strategies, and digital M&A. During his time at Silicon Foundry, Chris established lasting relationships with clients and solidified his standing in Silicon Valley as a trusted thought leader in the CVC sphere.

He also previously served in a variety of roles at Village Capital, a global early stage venture fund and accelerator that supports entrepreneurs solving critical problems in healthcare, financial services, climatetech, and education. While there, he led the development of a local accelerator network and advised a range of leading foundations on their impact investment strategies, including MetLife Foundation, Stichting DOEN, Shell Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and Hershey’s.

Chris holds a BS in economics and a BA in public policy from Duke University.