Chris Gottschalk
AdvisorSantander Innoventures
Chris is a Senior Advisor to Banco Santander and Santander Innoventures, he is based in San Francisco. Chris brings more than 15 years of experience as an investor, entrepreneur, operational executive and investment banker within the technology space.

Prior to Santander, Chris was a Principal at Blumberg Capital for nearly seven years. Before Blumberg, Chris was investor with Menlo Ventures where he pursued investment opportunities in mobile, Internet, gaming, software, and e-commerce. He has held board or board observer positions at technology startups including Bento, Blender, Earnup, Easyknock, Fundguard, Jassby, Lendio, Parsely, Roam Analytics, Sharegain, Simply Credit, Yotpo and Zibby.

Before joining Menlo Ventures, Chris served as the director of corporate development & analytics at PlayPhone. In this role he was responsible for M&A sourcing and execution, strategic partnerships, and improving operational metrics. Chris also worked as an investment banking analyst in the TMT group at Cowen and Company where he completed a number of M&A and equity transactions in the digital media and communications equipment sectors. Chris began his career at Intel as an operations financial analyst within the Flash Products Division. In addition, Chris has consulted for several technology startups including Gilt Groupe and ngmoco.

Chris holds a B.A. with a double major in economics and political science from the University of California, Davis and an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona. Chris was selected as a Kauffman Finalist in 2012.