THE TEAM

Christopher B. Lucas

CHRISTOPHER B. LUCAS

MANAGING DIRECTOR
chris@bdventures.com

Chris Lucas, Founder and Managing Director, formed Black Diamond Ventures to provide the individual investor the ability to invest alongside first-tier venture capital firms and institutional investors in privately-held companies...

Chris Lucas, Founder and Managing Director, formed Black Diamond Ventures to provide the individual investor the ability to invest alongside first-tier venture capital firms and institutional investors in privately-held companies.  For over 15 years, Chris has raised capital, held board positions and managed several of the portfolio companies through successful IPO's or acquisitions, including DexCom, Inc. (DXCM), DivX Networks, Inc. (DivX), Overture, Inc. acquired by Yahoo (YHOO) and Preview Systems, Inc. (PRVW).  Chris currently serves on the board of several private companies and foundations, including Mogreet, Inc., NEI Treatment Systems, LLC and The Lucas Brothers Foundation.

Prior to Black Diamond Ventures, Chris held executive positions for over 18 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.

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Christopher B. Lucas

ANA L. QUINTANA

PRINCIPAL
ana@bdventures.com

As Principal, Ana Quintana oversees all of the financial, operations and administrative affairs at Black Diamond Ventures, including the portfolio of investments, financial reporting, fund administration...

As Principal, Ana Quintana oversees all of the financial, operations and administrative affairs at Black Diamond Ventures, including the portfolio of investments, financial reporting, fund administration, investment opportunities and limited partner and investor communications.  In 2000, Ana joined Black Diamond Ventures to oversee and manage the firm’s operations. 

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.

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Christopher B. Lucas

ROB R. UKROPINA

MANAGING PARTNER
rob@bdventures.com

Rob Ukropina joined Black Diamond Ventures in 2008, as Managing Partner heading up the Newport Beach office.  Rob is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience and has been involved in several successful startups...

Rob Ukropina joined Black Diamond Ventures in 2008, as Managing Partner heading up the Newport Beach office. Rob is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience and has been involved in several successful startups. At Black Diamond Ventures, Rob leads fundraising efforts and fund management. Rob brings a network of relationships, as well as business partnerships, to help provide our young companies with entrepreneurial advisement. 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. In 2008, Rob successfully sold Overnite Express to Norco Corporation.

Rob serves on several advisory boards, including Consumer Brands, Arenda Capital Management, MedMedia Healthcare Network, C2, MediaLift TV, and the USC Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Rob is a regularly featured guest lecturer at universities and entrepreneurial organizations, including University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University, Chapman University, 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.

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