Author, Mentor, Sense Maker
Chris is an Unreasonable Mentor. Chris has participated in 8 programs, including mentoring virtually in Fall 2020 Programs, and has advised over 99 Unreasonable companies.
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 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 and board member, she has advised hundreds of companies on positioning, business modeling, and innovation practices. Today, Chris focuses her writing, speaking, photojournalism and advocacy on the human and organizational challenges in the face of technology and economically-driven disruption. She helps organizations identify and align their business culture to unlock their innovation potential.