Chris Deutsch has spent over 20 years starting up, investing in and working with early-stage, venture-backed startups in eCommerce, web and mobile applications, enterprise software, and consumer products.
Chris is currently Re-founder and Board Director at Y Combinator-backed teaBOT. Organizations around the world such as Google, HubSpot, McKinsey, and 1871 leverage teaBOT’s Amenity-as-a-Service model to provide tea-making robots to their employees, as well as a means to recruit and retain top talent.
Chris is also the Founder and Managing Director of Lofty Ventures, which builds long-term relationships with Chicago’s next generation of passionate and brilliant founders. Investments range from five to six-figures in pre-seed to seed-stage startups. Lofty’s portfolio includes Turbo Appeal (acquired), teaBOT (Y Combinator), Popular Pays (Y Combinator), Tovala (Y Combinator), Cubii (#180 on Inc500), L Street Collaborative, Blitsy (acquired), Pixit, 4Degrees (Techstars), Paladin (Techstars), Winston Privacy, and Gather Voices (LAUNCH). 20 of Lofty’s 30 companies have at least one female and/or diverse founder.