Previous CTO at StockTwits and partner in Social Leverage. Geek, entrepreneur, mentor, internet addict and startupaholic. Advisor to EmailCoPilot, Unocerous, TrackTrain and MobileDev HQ (Acquired). Previously at Cisco Systems.
Understand what it takes to create a Startup in a Weekend. Have been a mentor and Judge at many events and seen and helped many companies get to that minimal viable product.
Helped create and start StockTwits. Was there for 6 years. I'm an expert in what it took to build, create, and maintain all the functionality and technology that makes StockTwits tick.
Started two companies one bootstrapped the other funded but both were lean and agile companies with just enough resources to get things done and work efficiently. Also mentored many Lean Startup Machine weekends and understand MVP.
Chris is an outstanding, knowledgeable, outward, tech superstar. As CTO of StockTwits, Chris is responsible for large [and small] business decisions that guide the growth of the company. He has a remarkable understanding of how start-ups work and how they should work. Chris uses this understanding to mentor local companies and is a community leader in San Diego and beyond. I feel privileged to know and have worked so closely with Chris.
Back in the good old days at Chris's startup in his back yard barn, I donated my early time to the cause for a reason - Chris was able to take an underserved market identified by his inimitable co-founder and imagine a web application to fit it. I didn't just hone my web application development skills there, I also learned from Chris a great deal about designing software to fit market potential. Perfect experience at the perfect point in my career.
I have seen Chris in action as both mentor and judge for Lean Startup Machines and Startup Weekends. As a local organizer for each I have seen first hand the feedback from attendees and he has provided a ton of value. He's very approachable and genuinely interested in helping. Aside from the time he has donated to help others, it is mind boggling what he has been able to create at StockTwits. He is an all around standup guy and is clearly a rockstar professionally.