Chris Shipley has spent more than 30 years entrenched in the technology industry as a journalist, analyst, event producer and startup mentor, roles that provided a front-row seat to the transformations - positive and otherwise - brought about by digital innovation.
Chris has documented, influenced, and predicted the impact of technology on business and society. As a journalist, she covered the tech industry for leading publishing companies throughout the 80s and 90s. As an analyst, she identified innovative startups that create markets and drive positive change. As an event producer, she led the DEMO Conference where she identified ground-breaking products such as salesforce.com, TiVO, VMWare, among many others, and helped their founders bring them to market (were those companies an investment portfolio, they would have a market value exceeding $60 billion today.) As a mentor, she has advised hundreds of companies on positioning, business modeling, and innovation practices.
In late 2012, Chris wound down the startup media and advisory firm she co-founded and began a journey that would take her back to her roots as a journalist and photographer, documenting what she sees, connecting dots among conversations and data, and drawing new insights about how things are, and more importantly, how they will be.
Today, Chris is focuses her writing, speaking, photo journalism and advocacy on the human and organizational challenges in the face of technology- and economically-driven disruption. She is writing a book on the future of work to prepare leaders to thrive in a more capabilities- and collaborative-based future, and she helps organizations identify and align their business culture to unlock their innovation potential.