Mentors

Chris Traylor

Venture Partner, Flywheel Ventures

    Mr. Traylor is an accomplished entrepreneur, professional investor, and former competitive athlete.  While at PureColor, Inc. Mr. Traylor led a restart as CEO including raising several million in seed capital and building a veteran team, board and culture.  Prior to his role with PureColor, Inc. Mr. Traylor managed Business Development and served as Global Director for Commercial and Institutional Markets at MIOX Corporation, a cleantech water purification company.  With MIOX, Chris grew new market sales 100% year over year for three straight years.  

    Prior to MIOX, Mr. Traylor was a founding member of Flywheel Ventures, a leading venture capital firm based in the Rocky Mountain West. Mr. Traylor was involved with portfolio companies Lingotek, Micromanipulator (parent Astria Semiconductor Holdings acq. by NASDAQ: CSCD) and Tuscany Design Automation (acq. by EPA: DSY).

    Currently Chris manages the GAP Fund, a portfolio of startups funded by Flywheel Ventures.

    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.