Chris Steiner joined Austin Ventures in 2008 and focuses on venture and later-stage investing. Prior to joining Austin Ventures, Chris was a manager in the Transaction Services group of KPMG. While at KPMG, Chris provided due diligence and advisory services to private equity and strategic investors covering a diverse array of transactions and sectors in North America and Europe. Prior to joining the Transaction Services group, Chris worked in the audit practices of KPMG and Arthur Andersen. Chris began his principal investment career with Wind Point Partners, a Chicago-based private equity investment firm with $2 billion under management.
Chris received his MBA from Harvard Business School. He also has an MS in Accounting and a BA in Business Administration from Rhodes College. Chris is a certified public accountant and a CFA charterholder. Chris serves as board chair of I Live Here, I Give Here (ILHIGH), a nonprofit focused on raising awareness and providing education about the importance of personal philanthropy.
Century Payments, Inc. is a nationally recognized leader in the electronic payment processing industry, dedicated to developing the most progressive, dynamic programs to benefit merchants, partners and agents alike. Through white label alliance programs, Century is the fastest growing electronic payments company having boarded over 50,000 merchants in the last three years and processing close to $12 billion in annual volume. In 2012, Century entered into an elite group recognized on the Inc. 500 list as one of the top 100 fastest growing, privately owned businesses for three consecutive years. The company is headquartered in Frisco, Texas.
Lion Street is a privately held financial services distribution company based in Austin, Texas. Lion Street provides elite independent life insurance producers access to the financial products, intellectual capital, and specialized resources they need to meet the sophisticated needs of their high-net-worth and corporate clients.
Paymetric, Inc. is the leading provider of integrated and secure electronic payment acceptance solutions that enable companies to streamline the order-to-cash process, reduce the scope and financial burden of achieving PCI compliance and improve return on electronic payment acceptance. Paymetric's solutions support virtually every type of electronic payment in any enterprise system where payment is accepted.
PreCash provides convenient, real-time payment solutions that convert cash into electronic payments for consumers who do not use traditional payment methods such as credit cards or bank accounts. PreCash offers the Vision PremierSM Prepaid Visa card and other prepaid Visa and MasterCard products, prepaid debit card program management services, real-time cash bill payments, prepaid wireless refills, payroll card products and more. The company places more than 30,000 prepaid debit cards in the market monthly and services more than 30,000 national retail, wireless dealers and independent retail locations nationwide. Founded in 1998, PreCash is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with additional offices in Portland, Oregon.
Vida Capital ("Vida") is a vertically integrated asset management company providing longevity contingent investment solutions to investors. Vida specializes in the structuring, servicing, financing and management of life settlement funds, asset-backed securities, and customized portfolios.