The Short Bio
Chris Shipley is a leading technology and product analyst and CEO of Guidewire Labs, an innovation advisory firm that works with startups and large organizations that want to be more like them.
An award-winning journalist, Shipley began covering the personal technology industry in 1984, and and has worked as a writer and editor for a variety of technology and consumer media. She is best kown as the executive producer of the DEMO Conference, where she helped startups bring their innovative products to market.
Shipley holds a BA degree from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa.
The Painfully Long Bio
Chris Shipley has covered the personal technology business since 1984 and is regarded as one of the top analysts in technology. As co-founder and CEO of Guidewire Labs, she works with established and emerging companies around the world to identify market opportunities and accelerate business growth.
She produced the DEMO conferences for International Data Group (IDG) from 1996-2009,where she identified emerging and disruptive technology startups and helped them bring their products to market, including game-changing companies such asTiVo, WebEx, VMWare and Salesforce.com. In aggregate, the companies that launched at DEMO during her tenure command a market value of more than $60 billion.
Chris began her career in technology journalism in 1984 with Ziff-Davis Publishing, where she worked as a writer and editor for PC Week, PC/Computing, and Computer Life. In 1992, she joined the online publishing group at Ziff-Davis where she was editorial director for a range of ZiffNet services that formed the foundation for ZDNet.
She has won numerous awards for journalistic excellence, and was three times named the #1 newsletter editor by Technology Marketing for her work on DEMOletter. In 2002, Fortune Small Business Magazine included Chris on its list of 'most perfect board of directors' and in 2010 she received the SDForum Visionary Award for her work with technology entrepreneurs.
Chris is on the board of directors of Versaic, Inc., and an advisory board member to several startup companies. Chris graduated from Allegheny College with a B.A. in literature and communications arts. She lives with her wife and their aging dog in the San Francisco Bay area.