Chris Douvos

Managing Director, Venture Investment Associates

Chris joined VIA in 2011 as head of the Firm’s Palo Alto office.  Since joining, he has served as a Managing Director and Member of the General Partner and has sat on the Firm’s Investment Committee.  His responsibilities include management of relationships with the funds’ managers and its limited partners, as well as the identification and development of new relationships for the Firm. He represents VIA on eight advisory boards.

Prior to joining VIA, he spent seven years co-heading the private equity program at The Investment Fund For Foundations (TIFF).  In this role, he was responsible for over $1 billion in new capital commitments. Chris represented TIFF on over a dozen VC and LBO partnership advisory boards. Prior to joining TIFF, Chris worked on Princeton University’s endowment team, where his duties included selection and evaluation of external managers, risk analysis, and asset allocation modeling. Previously, he was a strategy consultant at Monitor Company working with clients in the financial services, healthcare, and telecom sectors and as an analyst for Monitor’s principal investing activities. 

Chris authors a blog,, which explores various investment topics, with a focus on private equity. He has been profiled in Venture Capital Journal and Private Equity Analyst and regularly speaks at industry conferences and lectures at business schools. Chris earned his B.A. with Distinction in history from Yale College in 1994 and an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management in 2001. He was awarded the CFA Charter in 2004. He currently sits on the investment committees of the Castilleja School and Avenidas, a Bay Area nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of older adults and their families. 

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