Chris Wake

ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE

Chris experienced going from zero to one, & then hyper growth in a highly complex space. He now enjoys mentoring founders taking their own moon shot.

Why Venture Capital?

An entrepreneur’s best friend is leverage. The best leverage comes from having the right partners, including your team, and by extension, your investors.

Experience

I was the first employee at Spire, where I led Operations. We took Spire from zero to space in under 12-months, so I know what it means to push inch by inch, against all odds — and what it takes to manage hyper growth. I was able to touch virtually every part of the business, from customer development to government contracting to rocket launches. Since leaving Spire, I have helped countless founders to operationalize strategy and put the right systems in place to handle hyper growth.

Education

  • BA in Political Science & International Studies from Northwestern University
  • MBA from the University of Oxford

Outside of Work

Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my wife and beagle. Most common pastimes include: hiking; biking; traveling (secretly on a mission to visit every country, or close to it); and a whole lot of reading.