Christopher B. Lucas Founder and Managing Director
Chris Lucas, Founder and Managing Director, formed Black Diamond Ventures to provide the individual investor the ability to invest alongside first-tier venture capital firms and institutional investors in privately-held companies. For over 20 years, Chris has raised capital, held board positions and managed several of the portfolio companies through successful IPO's or acquisitions, including DexCom (DXCM), DivX Networks (DivX), Khimetrics (Acquired by SAP) and Forece10 Network (Acquired by Dell). Chris currently serves on the board of several private companies and foundations, including LiquidSpace, Tela Innovations, NEI Treatment Systems, Capella Photonics and The Lucas Brothers Foundation.
Prior to Black Diamond Ventures, Chris held executive positions for over 20 years, in several venture-backed or privately held companies, including Global One Distribution and Merchandising, and Peripheral Systems. Through his venture partnerships and family relationships, Chris was previously an investor in Advanced Fibre Communications (AFC), Cadence Design Systems (CDNS), Cerus Corporation (CERS), Coulter Pharmaceuticals (CLTR), Infinera Corporation (INFN), Macromedia (MACR), Quantum Health (QNTM) and Vixel Corporation (VIXL).
Chris received his MBA in Finance from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California Los Angeles.email@example.com
Ana Quintana Managing Partner
As Managing Partner, Ana brings over twenty years of experience in venture capital, startup, and investment operations. Coupled with generations of entrepreneurial foresight and the ability to recognize early growth opportunities, Ana is passionate about diving into new ventures. Throughout the funding process, from evaluating deals to working directly with portfolio companies, Ana drives BDV's initiatives forward.
True to BDV’s founding principles, Ana works one-on-one with portfolio companies, providing tactical support on communications, capital raising, and marketing initiatives, with a particular focus on Medical Devices, Mobile Applications, and Big Data. Her ability to cultivate valuable relationships is essential to the success of both portfolio companies and investors.
Ana currently sits on the board of MuMo and is a board observer for several of BDV's portfolio companies. Ana is also active in the community as a Committee Member for Glendale Tech Week and is a founding member of SHE Ventures in Tech – a group that offers entrepreneurial support to female firstname.lastname@example.org
John Kispert Venture Partner
As Venture Partner, John Kispert heads up our Silicon Valley office. John is a recognized leader in Silicon Valley on achieving sustainable corporate growth both organically as well as through mergers and acquisitions. John will lead fundraising efforts, expanding its “deal by deal” structure into a unique investment model, which will provide a broader investor base with a myriad of investment opportunities. As a seasoned executive and entrepreneur with over twenty five years of experience, John offers expert guidance to our entrepreneurs throughout their company’s lifecycle.
Prior to joining BDV, John was CEO of Spansion, Inc., and completed a merger of Spansion with Cypress Semiconductor in March 2015. John served as CEO since joining the company in 2009. Spansion was a developer and manufacturer of embedded semiconductors found in tens of thousands of products across many industries, including the transportation, industrial, consumer, communications and gaming industries. John led Spansion’s turnaround out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy in early 2009 into a growing, profitable company that employed nearly 4,000 people worldwide with annual revenues of over $1 billion. In May 2013, John successfully acquired Fujitsu’s Microcontroller and Analog businesses. John also has extensive experience working with corporate and government leaders throughout Asia and Europe including: China, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Singapore, Israel, Taiwan, Thailand and Korea. John currently serves on the board of several public companies (Cypress Semiconductor, TriNet, Gigamon and Extreme Networks) and one private company (Tela Innovations). He previously held leadership roles for SEMI, a global industry association representing the Semiconductor Equipment industry on issues worldwide.
Prior to joining Spansion, John spent 13 years in a number of operational roles at KLA-Tencor including president, COO and CFO and helped lead the semiconductor equipment company’s growth from $300 million in annual revenues to over $3 billion. Before his tenure at KLA-Tencor, John held several management positions at IBM. John received his MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles and completed his undergraduate work at Grinnell College where he played basketball for all four years and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.email@example.com
Yasmin Ibarra Operations Manageryasmin@bdventures.com