Black Diamond Ventures, LLC, is a venture capital firm that was founded in 1998, with offices in Glendale and Newport Beach, California. Christopher B. Lucas formed Black Diamond Ventures to provide individual investors the opportunity to invest alongside institutional investors and first-tier venture capital firms in technology-leading companies. 

Our Approach

Our firm uniquely offers our investors the opportunity to invest on a deal by deal basis rather than the typical committed fund structure.  We believe this approach allows our investors more flexibility in balancing their overall investments, especially with the current vacillating economy.  We have established valuable partnerships by strategically investing with the same venture firms and investing in companies referred by colleagues.  As a result, we create long-term partnerships and solid relationships by working with exemplary entrepreneurs, investors, partners and advisors.

Investment Strategy and Focus

When considering prospective investment opportunities, we choose companies developing exceptional and proprietary products or technologies, compelling market opportunities and entrepreneurial teams driven to succeed.  We are long-term investors and believe that it is critical to closely work with our portfolio companies to provide them with the experience and relationships essential to help them excel.  

We are opportunistic investors in our venture approach and evaluate early stage to late stage companies, initially investing anywhere from $500,000 to $5 million.  Over the past decade, Black Diamond Ventures has invested in privately-held companies primarily in Telecommunications, Biotechnology, Medical Devices, Semiconductor Design, Mobile Applications and Clean Technology. 


Black Diamond Ventures takes an active role in its investments, providing support and guidance to entrepreneurs and management.  We are able to assist our portfolio companies with development, recruiting, strategic planning, operations and finance due to our team’s extensive entrepreneurial and venture background.  Our strength includes our commitment and dedication to building relationships among investors and their investments.  Because we have established a great network of individuals, we are able to provide the experience, relationships and capital that growing companies need.