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Chris Lyons

Partner at Andreessen Horowitz; Tech-Centered Venture Capital Firm

Partner at Andreessen Horowitz; Tech-Centered Venture Capital Firm

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Chris Lyons Biography

Christopher Lyons is a Managing Partner at Andreessen Horowitz where he oversees the firm’s Cultural Leadership Fund (CLF). CLF launched in 2018 with the mission to connect the world’s greatest cultural leaders to the best new technology companies and engage, empower, and elevate Black builders and creators on their journey towards excellence in the technology industry.

The $18M CLF Fund I was Silicon Valley’s first venture capital fund consisting of 100% African American Limited Partners. To date, CLF has invested in over 65 startups at the intersection of culture and innovation, and across multiple industries including consumer, enterprise, crypto, fintech, and healthcare/biotech. In turn, 100% of management fees and carry associated with the fund are donated to a select group of non-profit organizations that share CLF’s mission.

Through his work with the Cultural Leadership Fund and Andreessen Horowitz, Lyons has also created Silicon Valley’s first “influencer network”, establishing numerous strategic partnerships between emerging technology companies and seasoned athletes, entertainers, musicians and corporate executives.

Lyons started his career in the music industry working for Grammy-Award-winning producer Jermaine Dupri as a sound engineer at his Atlanta studio. He then launched his first startup in the restaurant technology industry with mobile app, PictureMenu, a digital menu offering that also invited patrons to rate dishes. Lyons moved to Silicon Valley in 2012 to participate in NewME Accelerator, an accelerator for minority-led startups. In 2013, Lyons joined Andreessen Horowitz as Chief of Staff to co-founder Ben Horowitz.

He is a champion of access and advancement for underrepresented backgrounds. Fostering an inclusive mindset in the venture capital community is an important objective of Lyon’s everyday work; he hopes to unite cultural and technology leaders to facilitate a better future for everyone.

Lyons is on the advisory boards of The Black Economic Alliance and New Story Charity as well as a member of the Verizon Media Global Advisory board. Lyons is the founder of Italian wine brand Lyons Wine, Kauffman Fellow graduate (Class ‘19), and member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated (KT Spring ‘07). Lyons received a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Business from Sail University in 2010.

Chris Lyons Videos

  • The Next Generation of Cultural Influencers in Tech
    Startup Grind Global Conference 2020 About the session: A Fireside chat with Bobby Wagner, Linebacker and Investor + Chris Lyons, Partner at...
  • Culture Shifter Chris Lyons
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  • What topics does Chris Lyons speak about?

    Chris Lyons is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Black History, Business, Diversity, Entrepreneurism, Science and Technology, Technology, Venture Capital.
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