C2 Ventures is an early stage investment platform. We bridge the gap between founders and capital through content, connections and experience. In addition, C2V supports its companies through M&A and has to date supported 3 of its 4 portfolio company exits.
The first 2 years of a start-up are extremely challenging. At no other stage is it more important for entrepreneurs to get contextually relevant expertise to make the most educated decisions, in building their companies, at a stage where the highest probability of failure rate occurs.
It’s also often the only times, entrepreneurs are open to such hands on guidance in a company’s lifecycle. Critical areas such as hiring, culture, product, marketing and funding are the founders range of focus and need for experienced support in executing.
These are all areas where C2 Ventures provides differentiated value.
20+ years of startup and high-growth enterprise experience as Operator/CFO and Founder/CEO and 20+ years of asset management experience
Chris Cunningham is a 20-year tech industry executive and veteran, an active tech start-up investor via C2 Ventures which has invested in 17 companies, generating returns trending well ahead of industry averages for funds of the same vintage, with 4 exits to date. C2 Ventures is a operational driven venture platform that takes an active role with founders. C2V invests in leading NY/SF Venture firms and is also an Limited Partner in Bowery Capital and Tech Stars.
Chris was most recently President of Unacast where he was the first employee in the US growing the business from zero revenue to $2MM in ARR in 18 months which lead to raising $20MM in total investment capital. Prior to that he was an VP at IronSource a now billion dollar valuation company on the verge of IPO where is also lead US operations. Chris sold his prior company to IronSource, appssavvy which he ran for 7 years. He was Founder & CEO of appssavvy the world’s first platform focused on monetizing Facebook apps through native advertising. Prior to appssavvy, Chris ran commercial efforts for Webs.com which was acquired by VistaPrint for $117MM.
Over his career Chris has been responsible for generating over $250M in net new ad revenues through new products and succeeded in raising more than $100 million venture capital, while recruiting & growing numerous companies.
Chris has been named one of the "Most Important People in Mobile Advertising" by Business Insider, as well as being an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist 2 years in a row.
Chris graduated from University of North Carolina Greensboro in 1997 with an Economics degree. Chris has two boys, runs marathons and triathlons and rather be scuba diving.
Matt comes to C2V from a career in finance where he primarily focused on working with and for owner‐operated, high‐growth companies in a variety of industries.
Following more than 10 years in banking, Matt co‐ran a $1 billion trade finance portfolio, initially under the umbrella of a boutique hedge fund manager and later as part of The Carlyle Group.
Matt was subsequently hired by a privately held trading firm as its CFO and tasked with leading a turnaround of the company which had suffered serious growing pains, due primarily to financial and strategic mis‐management. In addition to building most of the firm’s financial infrastructure from scratch, Matt was able to overhaul the cashflow and risk-management systems for the firm and one of its subsidiaries, while revamping and scaling its credit facilities, and leading the process of divesting of its non‐performing and non‐core assets. These efforts led to the company’s most profitable ever 2‐year period, restoring the balance sheet to a position of solvency and positioning it for accelerated growth.
Most recently, Matt has been running his own consulting business where he provides capital raising and outsourced CFO services for several privately held trading companies and startups.
Matt will be tasked with building and overseeing the fund’s financial infrastructure and will be an integral part of our investment selection process, as well as our advisory‐focused approach to managing our early stage portfolio. We look forward to leveraging Matt’s experience and network within the institutional finance and fintech industries, as well as his experience in building and refining financial infrastructure, models, and strategic direction to give our founders the analytical tools to plan for and manage their companies’ growth, while optimizing their use of capital and other finite resources.