Chris Rust

Chris Rust

Clear Ventures

Chris Rust is a venture capital investor in Silicon Valley. He works with technology entrepreneurs from the earliest stages of company creation to help their startups become outstanding companies.

Chris’s experiences include: 16 years of technology venture investing as Founder and Managing Partner of Clear Ventures, Partner at Sequoia Capital and USVP; 12 years of company building as co-founder (badge #2) and lead architect of broadband access pioneer Roadrunner/TWC Internet (Charter Communications); startup PLM at Carrier Access (IPO CACS) and Comcore (NSM); and technical staff at US West and MITRE. He is currently working on stealth projects while supporting his active portfolio.

Since 1998 Chris has made early stage investments in 40 startups, starting 35x at seed/series A and 5x at series B. His first 24 exits have produced $32B+ of market cap from market-leading companies such as GoPro (IPO GPRO), Dune (BRCM), Mellanox (IPO MLNX), Syndesis (SUBEX), LVL7 (BRCM), VxTel (INTC), Avanex (IPO AVNX), Telera (Alcatel), SwitchOn (PMCS), and Abrizio (PMCS). His active VC portfolio provides innovative IT products and technology-enabled services related to cloud computing, data center and enterprise IT infrastructure, data science, information security, machine intelligence, meta-search, and predictive commerce. It includes Arrcus, Atmosic, GoEuro, Reflektion, Robin, Vera, Wootcloud, and Zerto.

Chris strives to help create opportunity in a supportive and respectful manner. He is seeking new investments with ambitious and imaginative founders pursuing compelling IT products and services.