I have spent my entire professional life in and around early stage companies, startups and high-growth businesses in the hospitality, travel, retail and technology space having founded eight companies during my 28 years in business. Today I am a co-founder and Managing Director of Thayer Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in emerging technology companies in the
I have spent my entire professional life in and around early stage companies, startups and high-growth businesses in the hospitality, travel, retail and technology space having founded eight companies during my 28 years in business. Today I am a co-founder and Managing Director of Thayer Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in emerging technology companies in the hospitality and travel space. Prior to Thayer Ventures, I was founder and President of iCare Marketing (sold to Sysco Foodservice Corporation in 2012) and founder and CEO of Dynamic Payment Ventures (sold to Elavon, a subsidiary of US Bank in 2007).
Before that, I was founder and CEO of CriticalArc Technologies, a supply-chain software provider to the foodservice industry and founded the E&O Trading Company Restaurant in San Francisco. I currently serve on the Board of Advisors of the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration.
Specialties: venture capital, startups, early stage development, raising private equity, strategic partnerships, corporate governance, strategic planning, sales
Managing Director @ Co-founded this venture capital firm focused on emerging technology companies in the travel and hospitality space. With each investment, we add value through our deep sector knowledge and relationships throughout the hospitality and travel industry. Thayer’s objective is to provide portfolio companies with unequaled counsel, strategic insights and industry connections that drive significant revenue and enable sustainable growth. From August 2007 to Present (8 years 3 months) San Francisco Bay AreaFounder & Chairman @ Developed the concept and build the team to operate a 300 seat restaurant in downtown San Francisco. In operations since 1997 as one of the leading special events properties in the city. From February 1997 to Present (18 years 9 months) San Francisco Bay AreaFounder & President @ Exclusive partner with Sysco Foodservice Corporation managing their value added services program. Sold to Sysco Corporation in July of 2012. From January 2007 to July 2012 (5 years 7 months) Founder & CEO @ Founder of this specialty payments business focusing in the restaurant sector. The company operated under a major strategic partnership with Sysco Foodservice Corporation and was backed by San Francisco venture capital firms Catamount Ventures and Geolo. The company was acquired by a division of US Bank in late 2006. From January 2002 to January 2007 (5 years 1 month) Dallas/Fort Worth AreaFounder & CEO @ Co-Founder of this supply-chain software company that serviced the foodservice industry. The company was funded by leading silicon valley based venture capital firms including Canaan Partners, Bank of America Ventures, Boulder Ventures and others. From October 1999 to January 2002 (2 years 4 months) San Francisco Bay AreaSr. Vice President Development @ Real estate and hotel development company founded by Christopher B. Hemmeter. From June 1986 to September 1992 (6 years 4 months) Honolulu, HawaiiFounder & CEO @ Retail and mail order catalog business selling arts, crafts, clothing and jewelry from Asia. From January 1988 to January 1992 (4 years 1 month) Honolulu, Hawaii
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Business Administration and Management, General, Baker Scholar @ Harvard Business School From 1992 to 1995 Bachelor's Degree, Psychology, Magna Cum Laude @ Cornell University From 1982 to 1986 High School @ Punahou School From 1969 to 1982 Chris Hemmeter is skilled in: Start-ups, Strategic Partnerships, Strategic Planning, Corporate Governance, Hospitality, Business Strategy, Leadership, Venture Capital, Product Management, Entrepreneurship, Retail, Sales, Executive Management, Team Building, Marketing, Investments, Strategy, Management, Private Equity, Fundraising, Public Speaking, Analytics, Business Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Strategy