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Chris Shipley

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Chris Shipley
BornJanuary 11, 1962
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
EducationAllegheny College, B.A.
Occupation(s)Technology writer and analyst

Chris Shipley (born January 11, 1962) is an American tech author and analyst.


Shipley began her career as a technology writer, and later became executive editor at PC/Computing magazine, then joined the company's online publishing division, ZDNet, where she introduced online publications on CompuServe, Prodigy, and Ziff-Davis's Interchange Online Network. In 1994, Shipley became the founding editor of Computer Life magazine, based in San Francisco.

In 1996, Shipley joined International Data Group (IDG) as the executive producer of the DEMO Conference, a conference of industry insiders, investors, early adopters, and journalists working in the data and tech sectors.[1]

She is the author of several books, including How to Connect (Ziff-Davis Press) and How the World Wide Web Works (Ziff-Davis Press). In 2020, Shipley co-authored The Adaptation Advantage (Wiley), a book about the future of work, with Heather Elizabeth McGowan.[2] The book was selected as one of the top 30 business books of 2021 by Soundview [3]

Shipley has served on the boards of several start-up companies, including Versaic, which was acquired by Benevity in 2018.[4] She was also the founder and CEO of Guidewire Group, a technology services firm and startup incubator based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a mentor for Unreasonable Group, a business accelerator for social entrepreneurs.[5]


In 2002, Fortune Small Business Magazine cited Shipley as a "most perfect board member".[6] In 2004 the San Jose Business Journal placed her at the top of its list of Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley.[7] In 2010, SVForum honored Shipley with its Visionary Award.[8]


  1. ^ The story behind tech’s idea capitalist; Sam Diaz; Mercury News; http://www.bytemobile.com/docs/mercury041705.pdf
  2. ^ "The Adaptation Advantage: Let Go, Learn Fast, and Thrive in the Future of Work | Wiley".
  3. ^ "The Best Business Books of 2021". 9 December 2021.
  4. ^ "Versaic Stock Price, Funding, Valuation, Revenue & Financial Statements".
  5. ^ "Mentors". Unreasonable at Sea. Unreasonable Group. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  6. ^ Ten small business thinkers worth paying attention to;Stephen D. Solomon and Julie Sloane; https://money.cnn.com/magazines/fsb/fsb_archive/2002/12/01/333886/index.htm
  7. ^ Rae-Dupree, Janet (2004-05-02). "For new tech products, her word can mean fame or ignomy". American City Business Journals. Archived from the original on 2005-12-17.
  8. ^ SVForum Proudly Announces 13th Annual 2010 Visionary Award Recipients; PRNewswire; http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/sdforum-proudly-announces-13th-annual-2010-visionary-award-recipients-94846459.html

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