Chris Fralic has been a Partner at First Round since 2006, and moved to a Board Partner role in 2019. He has focused on a number of the firm’s investments in areas such as advertising and marketing technology, social/mobile, eCommerce/travel, connected devices and gaming. Some of his investments that have been acquired include Hotel Tonight, Ring, Adaptly, Flurry, Invite Media, Demdex, DoubleVerify, and two are now public companies — ScanScout/Tremor (NYSE:TLRA) and MyYearbook (NYSE: MEET). Some of the current investments he works directly with include Warby Parker and Roblox.
Chris has over 35 years of technology industry experience, with significant Internet business development roles since 1996. He was VP of Business Development at social bookmarking and tagging company del.icio.us through the Yahoo! acquisition. He was also one of the early employees and VP of Business Development at Half.com starting in 1999, and after the eBay acquisition spent six years with eBay in a variety of business development, media and entertainment roles. Chris has attended the TED Conference for over 25 years and worked with them in 2006 to help launch TEDTalks, which have now been viewed over 8 billion times. His first computer experience was setting up an Altos multi-user office system in 1982, and he had a Columbia Data Products CP/M luggable computer in his college dorm room in 1983. He started selling IBM, Compaq and Apple products in 1984, and the first computer he sold was an Apple //c.