Christopher is the managing director and founder of Emergent Venture Partners. His focus is on embracing new insights and tools to improve how global capital is placed into the innovation economy. He considers himself an expert generalist, and as such, enjoys exploring opportunities across a wide array of sectors, finding that there are often massive potential efficiencies from using knowledge developed in uncorrelated industries.
Earlier in his career, he was an analyst with GE Finance and a member of a private wealth team with Morgan Stanley in Washington DC. He then helped create over a dozen niche funds for a boutique investment advisory group out of New York. Chris also has been on the other side of the table, as an entrepreneur and CEO/CFO for several start-ups. Most recently, he spent several years in the family office sector, sourcing deal flow in venture, late-stage growth, secondaries, and the middle market, for several ultra-high net worth families.
Christopher co-founded a Super PAC in 2012, is the former Chair of the both the Washington D.C. and Greater Salt Lake BYU Alumni Chapters, is a member of Infragard (an FBI/private sector collaboration), holds a US security clearance, and has participated on numerous boards and councils. He is currently a trustee for Utah's largest performing arts group, Hale Center Theater, and is an advisory board member for Book of Mormon Central. Christopher is a graduate of Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Management.
Roy Glasberg founded and managed Google's Global Acceleration programs (LATAM, ASIA, AFRICA, CEE), Google CorpDev and unicorn accelerator, the Google AI Studio and Google sustainability Accelerator. In the last 3 years he has built Google's global mentoring program for startups as Global Manager of the Launchpad Google Startup program, scaling it to over 40 countries. Previously Roy was head of Campus TLV and led Developer Relations for Google in Israel and Europe. Before joining Google, Roy was the Director of business development at LivePerson, building the Liveperson market place for startups and integrating innovative solutions. Roy was also the Head of Business Development and Business Solutions at Microsoft, where he was leading the BI market for Enterprises and Government. Roy has a vast experience in strategy formulation and implementation working as a Senior consultant for Deloitte and for HayGroup.
Roy holds 4 university degrees in Law, Business management, Software IP and financial engineering from The IDC and Hebrew University. Roy’s team includes his wife Zohar, their 4 daughters, and Chewy their golden retriever.
Jeremy Neilson is the Co-CEO of Assure Services, a fund administration back-office services firm. He launched and managed the State of Utah's $300 million Fund of Funds program, provided due diligence and advisory services for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s $1-billion early-stage venture capital initiative, and created the LLC syndicate (SPV) administration service used by AngelList, SeedInvest, EquityZen and more. Assure Services is ranked as the #1 administrator of VC funds by the number of funds under administration, with over 4,500 funds under administration.
Craig Gygi is a recognized leader in operations. His career has focused on helping companies develop and implement a better, scalable, sustainable way to work. His innovation, passion, diligence, technical depth, and leadership has led those he’s worked with to strategic advantages in customer value/satisfaction, growth in revenues and shareholder value, improved margins, accelerated times to market, and greatly improved engagement and respect for employees.
Craig has served in several senior executive positions, and as a consultant, business advisor, educator, entrepreneur, and engineer. As COO of Purple—a multi-channel comfort technology manufacturer and retailer—Craig led all operations, enabling a $1B valuation within months of launch. At cloud QMS software leader MasterControl, Craig led global operations to 3X growth while doubling productivity. As an entrepreneur, Craig successfully developed and launched TolStack, an engineering analysis software package used for designing quality products or services. Craig has also served in other key roles including CEO, operational excellence/lean/six sigma, software development, product design/management, data/analytics, services, medical device and pharma, aerospace, and electronics. Craig has international operations/supply chain experience in Asia, Europe, and the South Pacific.
Craig loves learning and teaching. He has authored multiple best-selling books on operations and data-driven improvement. He also has taught operations at the Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Hundreds of professionals have benefited from his operations and problem-solving training, coaching, and mentoring. Craig holds MS and BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from BYU.