Chris is a founding partner of Transmedia Capital, an early stage venture fund focused on capital efficient companies that provide technology and services for digital media, entertainment, content publishing, gaming, mobile apps and online advertising. Recent investments include: Wish, Domo, Percolate, Snap, Genius, Scan, TalkIQ, Kickback, Alpha, Superphone, Lively, Mystery Science and Facebook. Chris was also the founder of KickLabs, one the top rated technology accelerators in the world. Chris has been on the forefront of emerging technologies since the commercialization of the web. In 1997 he co-founded AdAuction, the first online media exchange; the precursor to auction based and dynamic pricing platforms for online media. Chris was instrumental in restructuring business strategies for marketing and lead generation companies GetRelevant (acquired by Lycos), and Aptimus (acquired by Apollo LLC). He launched the first online independent yellow page directory, automated coupon platform, RSS advertising and content syndication system, and helped develop the first peer to peer ad delivery system. He received Ad Age's prestigious i20 award for his contributions to the development of interactive marketing and advertising. Chris has been an active adviser and investor in emerging companies for the past twenty years. He was a seed investor in Omniture, the webs leading analytics company (IPO 2006), acquired by Adobe in 2009. Chris spent more than ten years at Reebok International where he held management positions in sales and marketing and also owned one of the first sports retail chains in Southern California. For twenty years, Chris was distance runner completing multiple marathons and ultra marathons. Today he is a fitness junkie, golfer, and skier. Chris co-founded The Last Mile with his wife Beverly, a program that helps bridge the gap between the nation's penal system and the technology business sector. The Last Mile was first launched at San Quentin State Prison, and is in multiple correctional facilities throughout California. Chris lives in San Francisco, with his wife and business partner, Beverly. They are focused on fitness and a sustainable lifestyle. They are GS Warrior fans and spend their chill time in Jackson Hole, WY.
Current founder of IXI; CEO of CDO Club/CDO Summit. Experienced, entrepreneurial, global CEO & Board Director at both startups and incumbents. Masters degree from Columbia University. Track record of successful exits & acquisitions: In 1989 I was the 7th person hired at Ovid, which provided natural language interfaces to medical databases such as MEDLINE. Ovid went public and in 1998 was acquired by Wolters Kluwer for $200 million. From 1994-1998 I was VP of Global Syndication at Reuters, where I pioneered online content syndication years before RSS was invented. At my second startup, in 1998, I was co-founder, CEO and Chairman of Kinecta Corporation, where I raised USD $30m in under two years over three rounds with blue chip investors such as Adobe, Canaan Partners, Fidelity, and Reuters. Kinecta was acquired by Stellent in 2002, which was acquired by Oracle in 2004 for $440 million. In 2011 I founded the CDO Club, the world's largest community of C-suite digital and data leaders. It has over 5,000 global registered members, including Chief Digital Officers, Chief Data Officers, Chief Analytics Officers, CEOs. CMOs, CIOs, CHROs, and CTOs. In 2013, I created the first event specifically to serve those communities, the CDO Summit. We have since held CDO Summits in NYC (for 6 years), London (4th year), Sydney, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, (3rd years), Istanbul, Amsterdam, DC, and Toronto. I was a seed investor in Revere Data, which was acquired by Factset Research for $15 million in 2000.