Haun Ventures chief executive Chris Lehane speaks to TechCrunch at Startup Battlefield

Haun Ventures chief executive Chris Lehane speaks to TechCrunch at Startup Battlefield

It has been a three-day journey, with panels, booths and discussions around tech, AI, space, security and, of course, crypto. The event featured 20 startups who pitched their companies live at Disrupt 2023 as part of TechCrunch Startup Battlefield. Two companies have been selected as the best in the Startup Battlefield 200 and competing for a chance to take home the Startup Battlefield Cup and $100,000. As for me, I moderated four onstage panels, including two separate fireside chats with major VC players like Arianna Simpson and Chris Lehane of Haun Ventures.

And don't worry, we'll be rolling out more crypto coverage from the conference - including a story on the blockchain-focused panel I moderated with Anatoly Yakovenko, co-founder and CEO of Solana Labs; Grace Torrellas, VP of product and product lead at Polygon zkEVM and Mo Shaikh, co-founder and CEO of Aptos Labs.

For this week's show, Jacquelyn did a live interview with Chris Lehane, chief strategy officer at Haun Ventures, at TechCrunch's Disrupt 2023 in San Francisco.

Chris became an executive at Airbnb before he joined the firm. He co-founded a strategic consultancy firm, Fabiani & Lehane, which advised political, corporate, technology, entertainment and professional sports clients. In the 1990s, Chris had several government positions, including as press secretary to Vice President Al Gore and a special assistant counsel to President Bill Clinton.

After several decades working in various fields, Chris landed in the world of cryptocurrency at Haun Ventures, a venture capital firm that has two investment vehicles: a $500 million early-stage fund and a $1 billion acceleration fund. Aside from Haun, he is also a member of the Global Advisory Council of Coinbase.

We spoke to Haun's investment strategy amid U.S. and global regulatory challenges, how the firm advises portfolio companies to navigate the ever-changing environment and whether Chris finds's the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's regulation tactics productive, among other things.