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Christie is an early-stage investor at Backstage Capital and co-founder of Backstage Studio. In her current role, Christie leads Backstage’s global Accelerator program, which operates in London, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Detroit. In this position, Christie’s team is responsible for Accelerator operations, program facilitation, company selection, and investment.

In addition to her role leading Accelerator, Christie is an Investment Partner at Backstage Capital. She joined Backstage in August 2017 and went on to assist in sourcing and investing in 50 startups led by underrepresented (women, people of color, and LGBTQ) founders, helping to bring the firm’s total investment portfolio to 100 startups by summer of 2018.

Previously, Christie had a multifaceted career at Verizon. She began as a part-time retail customer service representative and worked her way up through the company, becoming the Associate Director of Marketing and Sales Operations for the Northern California – Nevada – Hawaii region of Verizon Wireless. In this role, Christie led operations and marketing teams, supporting more than 5M wireless customers with annual revenues in excess of $4B. From that role, Christie identified a passion for working with early-stage companies, which led her to work on the Verizon Ventures team as a Venture Development Manager.

Christie is an inventor and has a patent for a connected IoT device. She has been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, BBC, and TechCrunch. She concepted and launched the Verizon Ventures podcast, appears regularly on Backstage’s The Bootstrapped VC podcast, and is the co-host of 0G: A History of Forgotten Phones, with fellow VC and phone aficionado Peter Rojas.



  • Early-stage Investing
  • Investing in Underrepresented Founders
  • Investing in:
    • CPG / Direct to consumer E-Commerce Companies
    • Media
    • Enterprise Tech Companies
    • 5G
    • IoT
    • Mobile
    • Women’s Health
    • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Fund and Portfolio Management


  • Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent
  • Building an Inclusive Culture
  • Developing People to Their Fullest Potential
  • Communication and Accountability Strategy
  • Building a Resilient Organization

Corporate Innovation

  • Transformational Change through Innovation
  • Corporate Development and Investment



Yay!! :) We chew these people up and spit back out, and then make fun of them for not being able to handle it well. I’m so grateful that Britney still exists and made it so far, and had the self-possession (self-possessiveness?) to get herself help again. You go girl!

“Less than 10% of all venture capital deals go to woman, people of color and LGBT founders” says @imchristiepitts on closing Keynote at @AnitaB_org #AnitaBPartner

Thank you so much for having me! #TheFutureIsHere 💜

So cool, @CowboyVC. 🤠

"While gender balance has always been important to us, we’re happy our LP leads (and dollars) are ~50% female in Fund III. We’re excited to work hard to generate outstanding returns for a modern, gender balanced group of investors."

⚡️ LA investors: want to meet @Backstage_Cap's Accelerator Cohort? Attend @BackstageLAX's Informal Investor Meetup Fri, 5/3, 5-7PM, in LA!

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