has experience as a business executive in Europe, North America and Asia, with Fortune 100 companies as well as privately funded and venture backed companies, and most recently was President & CEO of SVASE, the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs.
Previously, he co-founded 8 companies, with 6 achieving profitable liquidity events, including The Access Group and Digitalent. Chris has also been a Guest Lecturer on entrepreneurship at Babson College, the National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India, and Oxford University Said Business School, and has been an invited speaker at startup and venture capital conferences in cities around the world, including Barcelona, Belfast, Berkeley, Dublin, London, Montreal, Ottowa, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Toronto, and Vancouver. In addition, for 2 years, Chris coached the winning teams of the global Microsoft Innovation Accelerator program, on business and entrepreneurship.
Chris is a member of Sand Hill Angels (www.sandhillangels.com), and a Board Member of the Mission College Center for Innovation and Technology. He has been featured in and written articles on business and technology issues for the Financial Times, Business Week, Linux Journal and other publications. Chris was awarded a BSc in Computer Science from Manchester University (UK).