Stuart Larkins is an entrepreneur, investor, and digital marketing expert with more than twenty years of experience leading tech companies and startups in Chicago. He is a Partner at Chicago Ventures and a member of the Investment Committee.
In 2011, he co-founded Chicago Ventures, a seed stage venture capital firm, with a focus on investing in undercapitalized tech ecosystems in the Central US. At CV, he oversees all aspects of the firm including fund management, deal sourcing and investing, and working directly with portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Chicago Ventures, Stuart’s digital marketing career was focused on early stage startups. He was Senior Vice President and part of the founding management team at Performics, a pioneer in affiliate and search engine marketing. During his eight years at Performics, he helped lead the business through rapid growth and subsequent acquisitions by DoubleClick, Hellman & Friedman, Google, and Publicis. Stuart was also involved in many online advertising industry groups and associations, such as the IAB, Yahoo Search Advertiser Council, MSN Search Committee, and the Google SEM Council.
In addition to his involvement with Chicago Ventures, Stuart is the Founder and Managing Partner of Twin Capital, where he is an investor in early-stage interactive marketing service and technology companies.
Stuart is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Shedd Aquarium, a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, and a member of the Springboard Foundation.
Stuart holds a B.S. in Economics from Southern Methodist University.