Chris Traylor General Information
Mr. Chris Traylor serves as Venture Partner at Flywheel Ventures. He is an accomplished entrepreneur, professional investor, and former competitive athlete. While at PureColor, Inc., a clean tech manufacturer of industrial wood coatings, Mr. Traylor led a restart as CEO including raising several million in seed capital and building a veteran team, board and culture. The Company has grown from pre-product, pre-revenue to established recurring revenue from market share leading OEM wood product manufacturers. In leaving to rejoin Flywheel, Mr. Traylor departed with the Company well positioned for future success. During his tenure at MIOX Corporation, a cleantech water purification company, Mr. Traylor managed Business Development and served as Global Director for Commercial and Institutional Markets, where he grew new market sales 100% YoY for three straight years. He helped successfully diversify and grow the Company's revenue base, building sales and developing distribution for several new markets. He also supported recruitment and reorganization of the sales team, and the raise of a $20M Series C after having participated as an investor in the Series A and B rounds. Prior to MIOX, Mr. Traylor played a key early role in building Flywheel, where he joined before the inaugural fund raise. His responsibilities included building many of the Firm's operational practices, managing the investment pipeline, structuring equity investments, and governing portfolio companies. Mr. Traylor was involved with portfolio companies Lingotek, Micromanipulator (parent Astria Semiconductor Holdings acq. by NASDAQ: FORM) and Tuscany Design Automation (acq. by EPA: DSY). Mr. Traylor began his entrepreneurial career with Pumping Solutions, Inc. (acq. by Smith International, NYSE: SII), an advanced energy technology start-up. Joining PSI during the development of the Company's first product, he supported a variety of initial sales, product management and new market development efforts. Before PSI, Chris had a stint as a professional athlete with the Seattle Mariners organization and previously competed in major collegiate athletics in the Big XII Conference. Mr. Traylor holds a BS/BA in Management with a concentration in Finance from Kansas State University, and an MBA from the University of New Mexico with concentrations in Management of Technology and Investment Finance.