Chris Pirillo

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Chris Pirillo
Pirillo speaking at Gnomedex in 2007
Years active2000–present

Chris Pirillo is an American entrepreneur and former television personality. He is the founder and former CEO of LockerGnome, Inc., a now-defunct network of blogs, web forums, mailing lists, and online communities which are now closed. He is best known as the former host of Call for Help, a call-in tech support show which, at the time, aired on TechTV. He hosted the show from 2001 to 2003.


LockerGnome began as a technology mailing list in 1996, offering tips and tricks for operating systems and applications, software suggestions (with an emphasis on public domain and shareware software), and web site recommendations.[2] The site later expanded to incorporate content syndicated from LockerGnome's blogs for IT professionals.[3] A web forum for help with and discussions about technology was run from 2002 to 2015.[4][5]

Pirillo is the author of several books, including Poor Richard's E-mail Publishing, Online! The Book with John C. Dvorak and Wendy Taylor.[6][7]

In March 2015, Pirillo announced he was resuming Gnomedex, but providing more of a fair or festival experience than as a single-track conference.[8]

In 2019, Pirillo joined Intel as a community advocate.[9]


  1. ^ "The Seattle Times | Local news, sports, business, politics, entertainment, travel, restaurants and opinion for Seattle and the Pacific Northwest".
  2. ^ "About" Archived August 31, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "IT Professionals feed" Archived September 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Lockergnome Help Forum Closure".
  5. ^ Geeks – Reviews, News, and How To! Archived June 10, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on May 25, 2013.
  6. ^ "Poor Richard's E-mail Publishing" Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Online! The Book" Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Chris Pirillo is bringing Gnomedex back in Seattle — but don't call it a conference". GeekWire. March 25, 2015. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  9. ^ "Chris Pirillo on Twitter: "⭐ I accepted an offer…". March 12, 2019.

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