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Chris Hovis

Advisor Greater Atlanta Area, US

Partner, Equity Investment Team / Tech Analyst, EARNEST Partners. Wharton grad. Georgia Institute of Technology grad.

Partner, Equity Investment Team / Tech Analyst, EARNEST Partners. Wharton grad. Georgia Institute of Technology grad.

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Involved In


Cisco Systems
Alliance Semiconductor
EARNEST Partners


Partner, Equity Investment Team / Tech Analyst EARNEST Partners November 2006 - present
Equity Analyst - Network Security and Infrastructure Morgan Keegan February 2005 - November 2006
VP - Marketing and Business Development Lancope - now a part of Cisco February 2003 - February 2005
Analyst CQ Partners 2002 - 2003
Analyst, Internet Security and Infrastructure SunTrust Robinson Humphrey 1999 - 2003
Senior Analyst - Summer Internship IBM 1998 - 1999
Senior Software Engineer Alliance Semiconductor 1995 - 1997
Software Engineer Intel Corporation 1994 - 1995


University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School Finance and Strategy 1997 - 1999
Georgia Institute of Technology Electrical Engineering 1991 - 1994
Centre College Physics 1988 - 1991

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Hardware
  • • Payments
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Sports
  • • Healthcare
  • • Financial Services
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Mobile
  • • Consumer Electronics

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Analysis • Competition • Product management • Business Development • Awesome Ideas • Business planning • Minimum Viable Product • Product Development • Asset Management

Key Accomplishments

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Sachin Deshpande
They're my school  •  Sr Director, Qualcomm Ventures, Qualcomm. Previously Director, Tapioca Multimedia Group, Qualcomm. Wharton grad.
Chris is a techie at heart who could still code and build things today. Plus he has tremendous business skills from his years as a financia ... l analyst on the Dtreet. That is an incredible combination. On top of all that he is a man of true character. I myself would start a business with Chris
Mark Godschalk
They're my school  •  Mentor, CyberLaunch VC Accelerator and Executive Director, Global Strategy, Innovation & Product Management, Dell SecureWorks. Wharton grad.
Chris has been a key part of early stage technology companies and is passionate about solving hard problems in new ways. Chris understands ... technology and business and markets so more than most he can how to bring together a solution that can work/win.
Harland LaVigne
We worked together  •  Previously Retired, Lancope Inc. Previously CEO, Lancope - now a part of Cisco.
I was the CEO of a startup and Chris was the VP of Marketing of a company that recently sold to Cisco for $450M. Chris was the VP Marketing ... and Strategy during the early stages of the company. He lead the strategic effort that put the company on the path to success. Chris is very intelligent, excellent communicator, well respected by his peers, driven and focused. He is also a risk taker and open to ideas from others which is necessary in an entrepreneurial setting.
Zenobia Austin Godschalk
We worked together  •  PR Director, Cloud Security Alliance and CEO, ZAG Communications.
Chris is incredibly smart and driven, and takes a holistic approach to understanding markets and opportunities. He likes to dive deep into p ... roblems and analyze how current solutions are not meeting market need, in order to understand 'what could be better'. Chris has great experience on both the startup and financial side, allowing him to understand what investors are looking for in a portfolio company, as well as what it takes to succeed in a startup.
Ven Reddy
We worked together  •  CTO, Sutisoft and CEO, Invoice Journal.
He has worked in Fortune 100 companies and has worked in startups. He know what works when and where and has experience to back it up.

Alysia Love, CFA
We worked together  •  Principal, ghSMART. Previously Director, Equity Investments, EARNEST Partners. Harvard Business School grad.
Alysia can combine her knowledge of business, tech, and people with creativity, passion and listening skills to be a great advisor for a var ... iety of companies.

Ven Reddy
We worked together  •  CTO, Sutisoft and CEO, Invoice Journal.
Ven is passionate about technology and able to identify and execute on opportunities early