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Christopher Risley

BA '71

Operating Partner
Bessemer Venture Partners (Menlo Park, CA)


Chris Risley is an Operating Partner with Bessemer Venture Partners. Risley joins BVP with more than sixteen years of experience in the software industry, following a thirteen-year career with European industrial companies.

Currently, Risley is CEO of Nominum, Inc., a BVP portfolio firm that provides software and services for IP Address Management. He joined Nominum after serving as CEO and Chairman of NewChannel, an e-business service provider, which he managed to a sale to LivePerson (NASDAQ: LPSN), a supplier of text-based chat and messaging services. Before that, he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at BVP, having founded and served as CEO of ON Technology Corp., another BVP-funded firm.

Before his career in the software industry, Risley held a variety of sales, marketing and executive positions within industry. Most notably, he spent many years at BTR Corporation, now Invensys, the sixth largest industrial company in Britain, in charge of M&A activity and institutional investor relations. He also spent two years as Advisor to the Chairman at British Aerospace during its turnaround.


Risley holds a BA Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University and a PMD from Harvard Graduate School of Business.

Board Affiliations

He is the CEO of Nominum Inc – a BVP portfolio firm.