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Chris Sorensen

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater Chicago Area, US

Start up Co-Founder CEO, COO / expert in Financial Services, payments & Start up strategy

Start up Co-Founder CEO, COO / expert in Financial Services, payments & Start up strategy

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Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Enterprise Sales
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Product
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas
Immediately

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
  • • Product

Involved In

Founder

Lake Forest Venture Management
Tinkering Labs
m-Via Financial Services
RocketCheck

Advisor

Plug and Play Tech Center
Mentors Guild
Everwise
Plug and Play Tech Center
National Science Foundation

Positions

Founder CEO Lake Forest Venture Management October 2001 - present
Business Mentor Mentors Guild September 2014 - present
Co-Founder / COO Tinkering Labs January 2013 - present
VP Operations Vet-Tech Startup Accelerator October 2012 - present
Operating Partner Tech-Rx August 2011 - present
Mentor Everwise October 2012 - present
Startup Advisor Plug and Play Tech Center January 2011 - January 2014
Managing Director Plug and Play Chicago May 2010 - December 2013
NSF I-Corps Mentor National Science Foundation October 2011 - January 2012
COO, Compliance Officer Boom Financial, Inc. May 2008 - May 2010
CEO, Founder m-Via Financial Services August 2006 - May 2008
CEO SVC Financial Services March 2004 - August 2006
Founder/CEO/COO RocketCheck January 1999 - September 2000
Director of Strategy and Business Development Art.com 1998 - 1999
New Venture Development Manager CCC Information Services July 1997 - August 1998
Product Marketing Manager / Regional Sales Manager MediaShare September 1993 - July 1995
Senior Business Consultant Accenture June 1987 - September 1992
Corporate Scholar ILS Corporate Scholar Program August 1989 - May 1991

Education

Northwestern University Computer Based Education 1989 - 1991
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - College of Business Finance and Financial Management Services 1985 - 1987
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Economics 1980 - 1984
LFHS

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Business Development
  • • Other Engineering
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
Advisor With
  • • Angel investing
  • • Venture capital
Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Financial Services
  • • Mobile
  • • Payments
  • • Robotics
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Social Impact
  • • Venture Capital; Financial Services

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Project management • E-Commerce • Financial Services • Mobile payments • Market Analysis

Key Accomplishments

I am a "professional" co-founder - I take core ideas (my own or from others) and develop and polish them using market research. I find founding team members and cornerstone investors. I have done this numerous times and raised $30 Million resulting in $140 Million return to investors.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I am very collaborative, I like to get a 360 view of the key issues and make sure that everyone is on board for what needs to be done and why.

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Galen Williams
They're my friends
Chris is often in the intersection of startup opportunities and talented startup founders/execs who have managed their respective firms to l ... iquidity events. Chris also continues to assist individuals within this 'intersection' of startups even as he pursues his ambitious startup plans as both an operator and a potential financier of early todo stage firms.
Galen Williams
They're my friends
Chris is often in the intersection of startup opportunities and talented startup founders/execs who have managed their respective firms to l ... iquidity events. Chris also continues to assist individuals within this 'intersection' of startups even as he pursues his ambitious startup plans as both an operator and a potential financier of early todo stage firms.
Javier Gomez-Cirlos
Previously Entrepreneur in Residence, Rocket Internet GmbH. Previously Managing Director, OfficeFab Vietnam.
Dave Linhardt
Founder & CEO, FounderSensei and Founder & CEO, LegitLead.com. Harvard Business School grad. Purdue grad.
Chris is persistent.
Dave Linhardt
Founder & CEO, FounderSensei and Founder & CEO, LegitLead.com. Harvard Business School grad. Purdue grad.
Chris is an experienced entrepreneur and mentor. He understands the ups and downs of startup life and he is a helpful advisor for any entrep ... reneur.

Richard Zreik
They're my mentor
Richard embodies the key traits of both the Marines and successful entrepreneurs: "Adapt and overcome." He really is resourceful, driven an ... d intelligent - and a gentlemen. Highly recommended.