Chris Shipley


A leading technology analyst for more than 25 years, Chris is passionate about entrepreneurship as the driver of innovation, economic growth, and restorative sustainability. She has built a career identifying innovative startups that create market and drive positive and disruptive change.

As the executive producer of the DEMO conference from 1996 to 2009, Chris helped more than 1,500 companies make their market debut. If those companies were a portfolio, they would have a combined market value of more than $60 Billion.

Chris began her career at Ziff-Davis, where she worked as a writer and editor for 12 years before joining International Data Group (IDG) to lead DEMO. Chris co-founded two companies, including the startup media and consulting firm Guidewire Group.

Her work has won numerous citations, including the prestigious SVForum Visionary Award in 2010. She is currently providing strategic direction to digital media startup where she is COO, and she sits on the board of the International Startup Festival Foundation. Chris holds BA degrees in Literature and Communication Arts from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.


The DNA of Scale

Interviewing and observing more than 20,000 startups as the long-time tech journalist, startup mentor, and producer of the DEMO and Innovate! conferences yields a few insights into the building blocks of scale. In this talk, Chris defines the observable characteristics that point to scale in early stage companies and how emering businesses can avoid the trap of getting big without growing up.