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Chris Sugden

Managing Partner

Chris Sugden joined Edison in 2002. Chris is Managing Partner and Chairman of the firm's investment committee. He has been on both sides of the table as a successful entrepreneur. His experience includes leading sales, product, finance, business strategy and capital formation. Chris brings a unique mix of investment and operating perspectives for growth-stage companies. Sugden has been a leading executive and investor in Fintech for over 25 years—before fintech was fintech. Chris’ investment expertise and exits span payments, capital markets and wealth management segments. At Edison, Chris’ 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 five Edison fintech companies. 

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

NOTABLE EXITS 

Clearpool Group (Bank of Montreal), Billtrust (IPO), EdgeTrade (Knight Capital), FolioDynamix (Actua), GAIN Capital (IPO), MoneyLion (IPO), PHX (Zelis), Operative (Sintec Media), OptionsCity (Vela Trading), Predata (FiscalNote)  

EDUCATION 

BA, Accounting, Michigan State University, with honors 

Recent Articles from Chris Sugden

Electrifying Growth Episode 24: The High Stakes World of Online Gambling

Electrifying Growth Episode 24: The High Stakes World of Online Gambling

Electrifying Growth Episode 23: Empowering People to Make the Best Financial Decisions with Dee Choubey

Electrifying Growth Episode 23: Empowering People to Make the Best Financial Decisions with Dee Choubey

Growth Equity Firm Edison Partners Opens New Nashville Office

Growth Equity Firm Edison Partners Opens New Nashville Office

The 38-year-old firm is known for its investments...

Electrifying Growth Episode 22: One of the Most Interesting Men in the World: Saving Lives and Making Money with Steve Raucher

Electrifying Growth Episode 22: One of the Most Interesting Men in the World: Saving Lives and Making Money with Steve Raucher

Chris Sugden joined Edison in 2002. Chris is Managing Partner and Chairman of the firm's investment committee. He has been on both sides of the table as a successful entrepreneur. His experience includes leading sales, product, finance, business strategy and capital formation. Chris brings a unique mix of investment and operating perspectives for growth-stage companies. Sugden has been a leading executive and investor in Fintech for over 25 years—before fintech was fintech. Chris’ investment expertise and exits span payments, capital markets and wealth management segments. At Edison, Chris’ 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 five Edison fintech companies. 

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

NOTABLE EXITS 

Clearpool Group (Bank of Montreal), Billtrust (IPO), EdgeTrade (Knight Capital), FolioDynamix (Actua), GAIN Capital (IPO), MoneyLion (IPO), PHX (Zelis), Operative (Sintec Media), OptionsCity (Vela Trading), Predata (FiscalNote)  

EDUCATION 

BA, Accounting, Michigan State University, with honors 

Recent Articles from Chris Sugden

Electrifying Growth Episode 24: The High Stakes World of Online Gambling

Electrifying Growth Episode 24: The High Stakes World of Online Gambling

Electrifying Growth Episode 23: Empowering People to Make the Best Financial Decisions with Dee Choubey

Electrifying Growth Episode 23: Empowering People to Make the Best Financial Decisions with Dee Choubey

Growth Equity Firm Edison Partners Opens New Nashville Office

Growth Equity Firm Edison Partners Opens New Nashville Office

The 38-year-old firm is known for its investments...

Electrifying Growth Episode 22: One of the Most Interesting Men in the World: Saving Lives and Making Money with Steve Raucher

Electrifying Growth Episode 22: One of the Most Interesting Men in the World: Saving Lives and Making Money with Steve Raucher