Chris Downer is a Principal at Brewer Lane Ventures. Prior to joining Brewer Lane, Chris was a Principal at Sorenson Ventures. At Sorenson, Chris partnered with innovators focused on solving large problems which could be tackled through the deployment of new technology and data sources.
Prior to joining Sorenson Ventures, Chris was a Principal at XL Innovate focusing on early-stage analytics and insurtech investments in North America, Europe and Asia. At XL Innovate, Chris was a board observer at Pillar Technologies, an end-to-end environmental monitoring solution for construction sites and a board member at Stonestep, which provides microinsurance as a service in emerging markets.
Before joining XL Innovate, Chris was an Associate in the Alternative Investments and Manager Selection Group of Goldman Sachs. During his five years at Goldman, he developed special expertise in emerging markets and Asia and worked in both the New York City and London offices.
Chris graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College, with a BA in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and a minor in History.