Christopher B. Lucas Founder and Managing Director
Chris Lucas founded Black Diamond Ventures with a vision: to provide individual investors the ability to invest alongside first-tier venture capital firms and institutional investors in privately-held companies. Over the last twenty years, his expertise has guided BDV’s growth through raising capital, holding board positions, and managing several portfolio companies through successful IPO’s or acquisitions, including Force10 Networks (Acquired by Dell), DexCom, Inc. (DXCM), DivX Networks, Inc. (DivX), Overture, Inc., and Preview Systems, Inc. (PRVW). Chris currently serves on the board of several privately-held companies and foundations, including Avinger, Inc., Tela Innovations, Inc., NEI Treatment Systems, LLC, Capella Photonics, Inc. and The Lucas Brothers Foundation.
Prior to founding Black Diamond Ventures, Chris held executive positions for over 20 years, in several venture-backed or privately held companies, including Global One Distribution and Merchandising, Inc. and Peripheral Systems, Inc. Through his venture and family relationships, Chris was previously an investor in Advanced Fibre Communications, Inc., (AFC); Cadence Design Systems (CDNS); Cerus Corporation (CERS), Coulter Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (CLTR), Infinera Corporation (INFN), Macromedia, Inc. (MACR), Quantum Health, Inc. (QNTM) and Vixel Corporation (VIXL).
Chris received his MBA in Finance from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California Los Angeles.firstname.lastname@example.org
Ana Quintana Principal
As Principal, Ana Quintana’s insight and ability to identify potential value are vital components adding to Black Diamond Ventures’ success. Coupled with generations of entrepreneurial foresight and the ability to recognize early growth opportunities, Ana’s passion deeply informs every aspect of the dedication she has brought to BDV for over 14 years.
The same sense of entrepreneurial drive from her father’s business ventures motivates her commitment to provide the necessary support and capital, growing businesses need. True to BDV’s founding principles, Ana works one-on-one with our portfolio companies, providing tactical support on communications, capital raising, and marketing initiatives, with a particular focus in Medical Devices, Mobile Applications and Telecommunication sectors. Ana drives all of BDV’s corporate affairs, and works closely with investors, entrepreneurs and portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Black Diamond Ventures, Ana was a Senior Editor at Goto.com, the first company to successfully provide a pay-for-placement search service and acquired by Yahoo (YHOO) for $1.6 billion. Prior to her tenure at Goto.com, Ana worked in the corporate finance division of investment banking firm ING Barings, where she focused on mergers and acquisitions.
Ana earned a B.A. degree in English Literature from California State University, Los Angeles.email@example.com
Rob Ukropina Managing Partner
As Managing Partner, Rob Ukropina leads our Newport Beach office. Rob is a seasoned entrepreneur with over twenty five years of experience and has been involved in several successful startups. In addition to leading fundraising efforts and portfolio management, Rob brings a network of relationships and business partnerships, while providing our companies with entrepreneurial and strategic advisement. Rob currently serves on the board of several privately-held companies, including Consumer Brands, LLC, C2-Imaging, PropertyRate and The Bromwell Company.
Rob’s range of expertise—creating, managing, and selling companies—provides a solid foundation for connecting new ventures with our investors. Prior to Black Diamond Ventures, Rob founded Overnite Express, the premier west coast overnight delivery company competing with FedEx and UPS serving California, Arizona and Nevada—which was successfully sold to Norco Corp. in 2008. Rob is a regularly featured guest lecturer at USC and UCLA and is also a frequent speaker at various organizations, including The Young Entrepreneurs Organization, The Entrepreneurship Institute and the Orange County Business Forum. Rob is a past keynote speaker at the Harvard Business School Annual Entrepreneur Conference and the USA SBE conference.
Rob is a graduate of the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.firstname.lastname@example.org