Chris Varelas

Founding Partner @RIVERWOOD CAPITAL

Chris Varelas is a founder and managing partner of Riverwood Capital, a private equity firm focused on high growth technology and technology-related companies in need of capital and expertise to scale on a global basis. The firm’s successful investments include ALOG, GoPro, Globant and Nutanix. Prior to establishing Riverwood, Chris worked at Salomon Brothers/Citi as Global Head of Technology, Media & Telecom Investment Banking, Head of Citi’s National Investment Bank, member of Citi’s Global Operating Committee and Culture Czar for all of Citi.  As an investment banker, Chris’ primary focus was Mergers & Acquisitions, working on many of the landmark transactions that shaped the technology industry including Compaq/HP, Peoplesoft/Oracle, IBM/PWC, Lucent Fiber and Flextronics/Solectron. In addition, he was the lead team member for the Chapter Nine reorganization of the County of Orange, California. Chris was selected as one of the 100 most important deal makers by the New York Times and was named top “rainmaker’ in the technology sector by Dealmaker Magazine.

Chris earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a BA from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California for which he serves on the Board of Trustees and leads the Investment Committee. He is a moderator for the Aspen Institute for which he co-founded the Aspen Finance Leaders Fellowship program, created to produce effective enlightened leaders in the financial services industry. He sits on the boards of NextDoor, Elemental Cognition and MotionPoint, and the Advisory Boards for Streamlined Ventures, Global Ventures and the RAND Corporation’s Center for Global Risk and Security.

Chris is the author of How Money Became Dangerous, the inside account of our turbulent relationship with modern finance.

9:40-10:00PM SGT, Keynote

APAC

The New Normal for Investors: Risk-Taking Unplugged by Riverwood Capital, Insider.

The recent global outbreak has been a sobering experience. We have woken up to a world in turbulence. Some were risk-averse. Yet, those who were forward thinking were the ones who became the strongest catalysts for change. Those were the ones who gave us hope and direction in carving out the new normal. Those who dared to go where others did not came out as the winners. If being a venture capitalist is about weighing risks and the rewards, why did most VCs pull a hard stop to those startups that were trying to survive during the pandemic? Why did most VCs turn their back to the most daring category creators, ingenious entrepreneurs and promising startups that have built the strongest muscles in risk taking, creation and recovery? Tune into Chris Varelas Founding Partner at Riverwood Capital and Hande Cilingir, CEO & Co-founder of Insider in an unfiltered and unconventional conversation on the realities of the VC valley.

9:40-10:00AM EST, Panel

USA/LATAM

The New Normal for Investors: Risk-Taking Unplugged by Riverwood Capital, Insider.

The recent global outbreak has been a sobering experience. We have woken up to a world in turbulence. Some were risk-averse. Yet, those who were forward thinking were the ones who became the strongest catalysts for change. Those were the ones who gave us hope and direction in carving out the new normal. Those who dared to go where others did not came out as the winners. If being a venture capitalist is about weighing risks and the rewards, why did most VCs pull a hard stop to those startups that were trying to survive during the pandemic? Why did most VCs turn their back to the most daring category creators, ingenious entrepreneurs and promising startups that have built the strongest muscles in risk taking, creation and recovery? Tune into Chris Varelas Founding Partner at Riverwood Capital and Hande Cilingir, CEO & Co-founder of Insider in an unfiltered and unconventional conversation on the realities of the VC valley.

3:40-4:00PM CEST, Panel

EMEA

The New Normal for Investors: Risk-Taking Unplugged by Riverwood Capital, Insider.

The recent global outbreak has been a sobering experience. We have woken up to a world in turbulence. Some were risk-averse. Yet, those who were forward thinking were the ones who became the strongest catalysts for change. Those were the ones who gave us hope and direction in carving out the new normal. Those who dared to go where others did not came out as the winners. If being a venture capitalist is about weighing risks and the rewards, why did most VCs pull a hard stop to those startups that were trying to survive during the pandemic? Why did most VCs turn their back to the most daring category creators, ingenious entrepreneurs and promising startups that have built the strongest muscles in risk taking, creation and recovery? Tune into Chris Varelas Founding Partner at Riverwood Capital and Hande Cilingir, CEO & Co-founder of Insider in an unfiltered and unconventional conversation on the realities of the VC valley.