Chris Marks

Managing Director

Chris is the Founder and Managing Partner of Blue Note Ventures. He has been investing in early stage technology companies and working with entrepreneurs for over 15 years.

Prior to launching BNV, Chris was a partner at Tango, a private investment company located in Boulder, Colorado. He also continues to serve as a Principal of High Country Venture, the general partner of Colorado Funds I & II, venture capital funds investing in early stage companies located in Colorado. Read more about the Colorado Funds and their portfolio of companies.

Prior to Tango, Chris was a lawyer in the Denver office of Hogan & Hartson, where he practiced corporate law and represented various private equity firms and early stage companies raising capital.

Chris is a member of the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association, a group dedicated to supporting venture activities and entrepreneurs in the 8-state Rocky Mountain Region. Learn more about the RMVCA.

When Chris is not working, he enjoys the fact that he lives in Colorado.  He is a full time father, an avid fly fisherman, and an aspiring garage band guitarist.  He and his family are lucky enough to live in Niwot, Colorado, where they enjoy spectacular views of the Flatiron Mountains and Long’s Peak on a daily basis.

Advisory Board

Scott Beck
Advisory Board

Scott Beck is the co-founder and CEO of Gloo, a software company that provides champions a digital platform to help people grow in relationship, spirit and wellness. He is also the founder of Tango, a private investment company located in Boulder, Colorado. Scott was the Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Blockbuster Entertainment Worldwide. He also founded and served as Chairman and CEO of Boston Chicken, Inc., and was the founder and Chairman of Einstein/Noah Bagel Corp. Scott has been making venture investments and helping entrepreneurs build high growth companies for over 25 years.

Brad Woloson
Advisory Board

Brad Woloson is a private investor based in Baltimore, Maryland. He spent over 20 years with JMI Equity, Inc., a growth equity investment firm based in Baltimore and San Diego, and was a general partner from 1999-2013. JMI Equity has successfully raised and invested seven funds, focusing exclusively on software and related services businesses. Brad led dozens of investments in enterprise software, Internet and business services companies, serving on their boards of directors. Prior to joining JMI, Brad was a financial analyst in the technology group at Alex Brown and a fixed income analyst at Kidder Peabody International in London. Brad graduated with an AB in Economics from Harvard University.

Scott Kriens
Advisory Board

Scott is Chairman of Juniper Networks, Inc., and led the company for 12 years from its inception in 1996 through 2008 as Chairman & CEO, growing it to a $3.5 billion company, with over 7000 employees, serving customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. He is also co-founder of the 1440 Foundation, along with his wife Joanie. 1440 Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with a vision for building compassionate communities and helping people lead generative lives. 1440 serves its vision by supporting champions who are committed to helping all of us grow in relationship, spirit, and wellness. 1440, named for the number of minutes in a day, is symbolic of Scott and Joanie’s belief in the power of strong, healthy relationships for improving lives – and of being mindful of each moment to do so. Scott is an active venture investor, and an occasional speaker on the topic of leadership.