Chris Russell

Chris Russell

Chris is a Bay Area entrepreneur and founder of Voqel.

Website: http://www.voqel.com/chris
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/carussell/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/voqel
Alameda, California, United States
Accredited investor
Member since November 10, 2014
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Investor interests
Type of investor Angel
Typical investment size $25,000 - $50,000
Typical investments in a year 1
Categories of interest
Locations of interest
Credentials Accredited Investor

I am a(n):

Entrepreneur

Companies I've founded or co-founded:
Voqel
Companies I work or worked for:
Oracle Corp, Booz Allen Hamilton, Wageworks, TRUSTe
If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

Couldn't let go of the idea

My favorite startups:

Pinterest, Medium, Dropbox

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Funding is the biggest challenge. Most rewarding is the joy of building a meaningful product.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

Underestimating how hard it is to build a successful company.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

A few of the right people can accomplish extraordinary things
Don't do it for money or success, the odds of each are low
Passion is the fuel

Full bio

Chris is a Bay Area Internet entrepreneur. He founded Voqel in 2012 to connect people through story in the sound of their voice. Previously, he was SVP of Product and Marketing for Wageworks (IPO) and helped create and raise initial funding for TRUSTe.com. Earlier, Chris was a senior executive at Oracle where he launched the online business.