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California, USA

Tags: Gravity's Exclusives / Business / College & University / Communication / Diversity & Inclusion / Emcees & Moderators / Innovation / Internet of Things (IoT) / Investing & Venture Capital / Leadership / Startup / Team Building / Technology

About

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.

Topics

Investing

  • 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

Leadership

  • 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

Videos

Articles

"85% of working Americans are completely overwhelmed by household chores." @_PleaseAssistMe sheds light in tonight's final pitch on how to manage those pesky tasks #womenintech #FemaleFounders #VinettaDC

“If you’re going to fundraise, take my advice: get to the rejection as soon as possible. Don’t waste their time or yours. People like to court you into a no, they draw it out... Don’t be afraid to ask the difficult questions early on in the conversation”

We are super thankful to have @GoogleStartups and @BackstageLAX on our side. Thank you! We are stronger because of our backers. The future is bright and our solar technology is has the highest efficiency. We look forward to hearing from you as we revolutionize solar power. https://t.co/EV6IU76kIr

Hi friends. We are looking for youth clubs we can support with workshops for young woc over the summer around sport and general development - connecting a cohort of young people with some amazing mentors and people! Please get in touch if you can recommend any in London x

Proud to announce Kapor Capital's Series A co-lead in Bitwise https://t.co/gM1ZfjQYuA

🚨 Women founders in VR/AR and AI: @WXRfund opened applications for their new accelerator program. Deadline is 7/31. https://t.co/wZG0x0KCNW

So I noticed @Google didn't create a doodle for #Juneteenth2019. So I decided to help out.

GOOOOO @BitwiseInd! So many congrats to @irms and @jakeasoberal! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼