Chris Tacy

Board Member-in-Residence / Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Chris Tacy has worked at the intersection of business, innovation, investments, strategy, and entrepreneurship for over 25 years. A seasoned C-Suite and Board of Directors-level executive in both private and public companies, he brings a wealth of strategic and industry experience. After working with Mach49 as a consultant in 2017 on incubation and acceleration efforts, Chris rejoined full-time in 2020 to help global businesses realize their goals of exponential growth and value creation.

Chris is a serial entrepreneur who has founded or been in executive management at four startups, with four wins. He has run a $325M corporate venture fund, worked on dozens of successful M&A deals, and closed more than $2B in partnerships. As an investor, Chris’ bets have yielded over $100M in returns on less than $7.5M in invested capital.

Prior to joining Mach49, Chris was an independent consultant providing corporate entrepreneurship and innovation expertise to investors, large corporate entities, and high-growth startups in the Technology, Defense, Healthcare, Energy, Staffing, Professional Services, and Consumer Packaged Goods industries. A recognized expert in business model innovation and corporate venture transformation, Chris served as a Board Member for many of his clients’ new ventures; worked on transactions including Spin-offs, Carve-outs, IP Licensing deals, and Mergers & Acquisitions; and assisted in capitalization as well as go-to-market and channel strategies. Chris has worked with companies including Oracle, Google, Lockheed Martin, Accel Partners, Sony, Telefonica, Netscape, Mayfield, Viacom, Freightliner Trucks, CNN, Worley, Mozilla, Sirius XM, and Nike.

An autodidact and polymath, Chris earned his BA from Wesleyan University with a focus on Post-Structuralist Critical Theory and Computer-generated Music. In addition to being a sponsored professional rock climber and member of the U.S. National Dragonboat Team, he was also a columnist for the NY Times where he wrote about internet business, technology, and culture. Outside of work, Chris splits his time between San Francisco and Hawaii where he enjoys cooking, outrigger canoe paddling, and social time with his ohana and long-time partner Valerie.

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