Feb 27, 2023
Chris Douvos is Managing Director at Venture Investment Associates,
a fund that invests $1B in commitments to venture capital funds.
Chris is responsible for the management of relationships with the
funds’ managers and the identification and development of new
manager relationships. He is the author of an entertaining blog
about venture capital entitled SuperLP – Adventures in Investing,
available at SuperLP.com
Prior to joining VIA, Chris spent seven years co-heading the
private equity program at The Investment Fund For Foundations, or
TIFF. In this role, he was responsible for another $1 billion in
new capital commitments. Before joining TIFF, Chris worked on
Princeton University’s endowment team. He started his career as a
strategy consultant at Monitor Company. He is a graduate of Yale
University and the Yale School of Management.
Our conversation starts with Chris’ path to venture capital,
through strategy consulting, investment banking and an endowment
investment office. We talk about perception and reality in venture
investing, exciting areas of future innovation, and the nuts and
bolts of research, portfolio construction and decision making when
running a portfolio of venture funds.
When Chris pulls off his suit, the red undershirt of the Super LP
remains. He’s a charismatic guy with great insight into how the
venture capital game is played and draws many parallels from
venture to investing in general.