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Chris Sugden

Managing Partner

Chris joined Edison in 2002. He has been on both sides of the table as a successful entrepreneur, bringing a unique mix of investment and operating perspectives for growth-stage companies with experience that includes sales, product, finance, business strategy and capital formation.

A leading fintech executive and investor for over 25 years (before fintech was fintech), Chris' investment expertise and exits span payments, capital markets and wealth management segments, and track record includes leading dozens of new investments and over 60 rounds of financing. He has served as Director of more than 25 portfolio companies and currently sits on the board of four Edison fintech companies. 

Previously, Chris was an Executive VP and division CEO for a leader in the electronic bill payment industry, where he raised multiple rounds of venture capital and completed an acquisition. During his tenure, revenue grew >500%. Earlier, he led finance and operations for two media and internet start-ups. His career began at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the entrepreneurial services audit group in Boston.  

BA, Accounting, Michigan State University, with honors

What Makes You Say "Let's Go"?

How fortunate we are to help founders, entrepreneurs, and management teams make their visions a reality.

Edison SuperPower

Empathy: I like to think I put myself in other people's shoes, particularly entrepreneurs and CEOs.

Proudest Moment

I am proudest when I see my kids develop skills (I think) they learned from me...and even more so from my wife.


Early Career 

My childhood and early career was shaped by my dad and grandfather. Both in sales and entrepreneurs, they taught me: nothing happens without the first sale.