Christine Comaford

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Christine Comaford
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OccupationEntrepreneur, Author, Consultant, CEO of SmartTribes Institute

Christine Comaford is a businesswoman, author and serial entrepreneur. She has founded and sold five businesses including Artemis Ventures and First Professional Bank, which was acquired by Union Bank. Comaford has been a board member for more than 36 start-ups and has invested in over 200 companies.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Comaford dropped out of high school[1][2] and became a model in New York City at age 16.[3] When she was 17, she took vows to become a Buddhist monk and continued the practice for seven years.[1][3]


In the 1980s, Comaford began working for Microsoft[3] where she wrote testing applications for OS/2 and was a software engineer for Windows 3.0.[4] She also did software engineering for Lotus Software and Adobe Systems, was DBA at Apple Inc., and worked as a strategy adviser for Oracle corporation and Symantec.[4] Comaford founded First Professional Bank in 1982, which was later sold to Union Bank. She founded Kuvera Associates, a consulting company, which merged into Corporate Computing, another company founded by Comaford in 1991.[1][4][5] Corporate Computing was sold to LBMS in 1995 and merged with Computer Associates.[6] In 1997, she founded Planet U which delivered internet based promotions across the internet[7] and sold her shares to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.[8] She also founded Artemis Ventures in 1999, which later merged with Novus Ventures.[1][4][5] In 2002, Comaford invested in Google, prior to the company’s initial public offering.[7] She has served on the board of advisers or directors for over 36 start-up companies.[2] Additionally, she has been angel investor or venture capitalist for over 200 start-ups.[2][4] Comaford was recognized as one of the "50 Human Behavior Experts to Follow" by iMotions.[9]


Comaford wrote the book Rules for Renegades in 2007,[2][3][10] which was a best seller on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Amazon, and USA Today bestseller lists.[11] She authored SmartTribes: How Teams Become Brilliant Together, a book about making teams more productive via neuroscience, in 2013.[10][12] The book was a best seller on the New York Times, Amazon, and other lists.[13] Comaford wrote a software development column for PC Week for five years.[7]

Additionally, she has written for Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., Convention Forum, and HVACR Business.

Other activities[edit]

Comaford worked on developing and implementing the U.S. intranet strategy under the Bill Clinton administration which allowed citizens to access government services through the internet. She also passed a $4 billion bill through Congress to benefit the Small Business Administration’s SBIC program.[14]

She has spoken at numerous events including Premiere Speakers Bureau,[15] TEDxSanDiego,[16] The Art Of,[17] and Customer Experience Exchange, as well as YPO Education Program chapters. She has also been on SAP Radio,[18] and has delivered lectures on entrepreneurship for Harvard University, Stanford University, UCLA, and UC Berkeley.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e "The Buddhist Monk Who Invested In Google". Mixergy. July 7, 2010. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Christine Comaford". Bloomberg. Archived from the original on August 31, 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ a b c d "Christine Comaford-Lynch". Ladies Who Launch. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Christine Comaford-Lynch". Bloomberg. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Sarah Lacy (August 11, 2002). "VC merger side-steps fund-raising, strengthens portfolios". Silicon Valley Business Journal. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  6. ^ "LBMS acquires Corporate Computing, Inc.: Acquisition to strengthen LBMS' process management product line". Business Wire. August 23, 1995.
  7. ^ a b c d "Women Who Inspire Us". Girl Geeks. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  8. ^ "Turbo-Charge Your Product Launch To Optimize Buzz". Fast Company. November 15, 2008. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  9. ^ "Our Top 50 Human Behavior Experts to Follow in 2017". iMotions. 13 September 2016.
  10. ^ a b Vala Afshar (July 17, 2013). "Stuck In A Revenue Rut? 5 Ways To Influence Employees Into Their "Smart State"". The Huffington Post. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  11. ^ "Why Do Renegades Need Rules? 3 Best-Sellers for Free!". Ponn Sabra. October 9, 2007. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  12. ^ Brooke Gard (September 13, 2013). "Tricks to Motivate Your Employees". Fox Business. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  13. ^ "The New York Times Best Sellers". The New York Times. July 7, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  14. ^ Michael J. Pallerino (August 1, 2013). "Leadership 20.13". Canvas. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  15. ^ "Christine Comaford". Premiere Speakers Bureau. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  16. ^ "TEDxSanDiego - Christine Comaford - Find your Question". TEDx. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  17. ^ "Biography". The Art Of. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  18. ^ "SAP Radio Guest Speaker Overview". SAP Radio. Retrieved September 6, 2016.