Chris Christensen

San Jose, California, US

Chris's Skills
Product Management

Startup Experience

Founded 1 startup

About Chris

I am a nerd. I am currently making a living programming in Java for TripAdvisor half time while I program in Ruby on Rails bootstrapping my own startup which is a new startup connecting bloggers and industry contacts.

I have spent 18 years in venture backed startups. I have worked for 18 years in technology startups in Silicon Valley. I was formerly the Director of Engineering for TripAdvisor's New Initiatives group and was the EVP Engineering at LiveWorld where my team built and ran online communities and events for companies including eBay, HBO, TV Guide, Expedia, Marriott, A&E, History Channel, the NBA, NBC, ABC, Disney, Microsoft, WebTV and American Express. I have also been a manager at HP and Apple and a programmer at IBM.

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler which is a popular online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations. It includes a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog. I have won a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award and was named the best independent travel journalist/blogger by Travel+Leisure.

The other VP at LiveWorld, after working with me for 14 years ,once said, "remember that time Chris almost got mad?" I am calm, driven, funny and ruggedly handsome. I am a comfortable public speaker with nearly 1,000 podcasts to my credit. See my video series at

If you want to pitch me:

What is your product?
What is the audience you are targeting?
What is your monetization plan?
How are you planning on marketing it?
Are you looking for paying a dev or are you looking for work for equity? If equity, you need to have some great answers to the other 4 questions.


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

M.E. Computer and Systems Engineering

1984 - 1984