Market mapping, venture creation,
and business connections for
emerging science & technology
Taylor Milsal & Christine Mason work together on strategic engagements,
invest in companies, serve on boards, and have very hands on
involvement with clients on an ongoing basis.
Strong, Flexible, Creative
How do we hack our own evolution to live together better as a species?
A new infrastructure for wireless communication, a prototype of a new out of home media concept, and a foundation that puts all the questions of human to human violence front and center.
Christine maps new markets for emerging technologies, scouts for strategic expansion opportunities, and guides internal innovation strategies for leading companies such as AutoDesk, Panasonic and Estee Lauder. Areas of investigation include technologies as far ranging as markets for biologic patents, short and midterm potentials for synthetic biology applications, 3D printing, unmanned aerial vehicles, cloud computing, big data, video analytics, and more. Christine also works with early-stage, needle-moving technology startups to bring them to market efficiently, including brand, marketing and early revenue and partnership development.
From 1996 to 2008, Christine worked in operating and leadership roles in technology. She conceived, resourced and built multiple organizations from a blank sheet of paper to millions in recurring revenue. She was founder and CEO of enterprise SaaS company SpringCM, CEO and board member of Content SaaS company MSDSOnline, founder and Chief Marketing Officer of online supply chain exchange MetalMaker, Inc., and CEO of Intellext. Christine advised Arch Venture Partners and their portfolio companies. Prior to working in tech, Christine led M&A project teams for PWC and Texas Pacific Group, including strategic scouting and post merger integration. She is an early stage investor in Mousera, Brandle and 15Five, among others.
Christine collaborates on various transformation and futurist initiatives, including Conscious Capitalism and Being Human. She is actively engaged in work supporting nonviolence, innovation, human potential and sustainability through a portfolio of content sites and philanthropy. She serves Insight/Out at San Quentin prison. In 2014, she founded the Institute for NonViolent Evolution. Christine produced 9 TEDxSanFrancisco events from 2009 to 2013, and along with Taylor Milsal, hosts private ideation salons in the Bay Area.
Christine holds a MBA from the JL Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University in Political Science, with a senior thesis in Arab Nationalism. She served in the US Army ROTC program through the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has lived and traveled all over the world, and speaks French and German. She is a yoga instructor (E-RYT 500), artist, musician, writer and mother.
Innovation or Tech Speaker or Panelist:
Wharton Fellows, Thiel Fellows, Hewlett Packard Innovation Center, San Francisco Curator Network, TEDxEast, Success Boston, Sierra Nevada Alliance (winner of Sun Tzu award), TiE Midwest, Chicago Technology Leadership Forum (TechForum), Union League Club of Chicago, Midwest Entrepreneurs Forum, Kellogg Venture Forum, Kellogg Entrepreneurship Forum, Illinois Venture Capital Association/ Illinois Technology Association Roundtables, Illinois Information Technology Roundtable, SIIA Content Forum, SIIA Software Division Conference, Springboard All Things Media Coach and Panelist, Illinois Technology Association, CityLights Awards Judge, CBS Morning Show,
NBC TV California affiliates, NPR All Things Considered with Scott Simon, Something You Should Know National Syndicated Radio.
Selected Articles and Publications:
Software as a Service and Contextual/Semantic Search: Articles in eWeek, Intranet journal, KM World, Information Today. Various white papers on On-Demand Software, Best Practices in SaaS Operations.
Emerging Technology and Tech Transfer: Coverage includes Complete Nanotechnology Report; Robotics; Mobile Media and Advertising; Commercializing Technology; BioTech for iStreet, Chicago Tribune and 60035; Portfolio.com various articles.
Hardworking, convener, happy
Why does communication between people create so many misunderstandings?
An in silico drug discovery platform, and a new home with space for convening.
Taylor works with leading companies including Autodesk, Estee Lauder and Panasonic, mapping new markets, scouting for strategic partnerships and acquisitions, providing analysis of business opportunities, and guiding internal business and innovation strategies. She also help early stage science and technology startups with market strategy and implementation, including production of digital assets and media campaigns, fundraising and business development.
Taylor is an Advisory Board Member for MetaMed, a personalized medical research company. She leads or collaborates on transformation and futurist initiatives for leading healthcare organizations. She serves as a mentor for the Thiel Fellowship and Founder Institute. She is working to create a center for science and innovation in San Francisco. She is also an investor in early stage biotech companies.
In her seven years in commercial real estate, Taylor closed over $500M in transactions. She has also sold megawatt-scale alternative energy solutions for large industrial applications, and SaaS solutions for corporate clients and big box retailers. Previously, she founded Zephyr, a mechanical engineering and design firm, with clients including Apple and HP.
Taylor co-founded and produced the first TEDx, and LoveSpring. She is active in TED and Summit Series communities. Her hobby is collecting the world’s brightest people around a dinner table to share ideas.
Now Labs is a team of creative, analytical people, singularly excellent in their own domain,
with the best combination of talent, expertise, agency, accountability and
values that make them formidable at what they do.
We convene. For laughter, human connection, and the sheer power
of ideas, whether they be brilliant, absurd, undoable, or all three in
one sentence. How do we live our best lives today, and how do we
move into the future with our eyes wide open?
Join in our community of the world’s leading influencers.
The connections that occur in the brain and between people
might just change the world.
Join leaders across healthcare, media, mobile and more for inspiration and insight on topics such as:
Design Driven Investing, John Maeda, Partner at Kleiner Perkins, Former head of RISD
Fearless Adaptation: Viewer Interaction and a New Vision for Cable Gary Koerper, founder of Telletopia, the mind behind xFinity business model
Seeing through the Noise: Sami Paihonen, Ixonos Creative Director, design mind behind Samsung Galaxy UI/UX
Iterative, Predictive Design using Big Data: New Design tools from Biology to Drugs, Taylor Milsal, Autodesk, mind behind the new D4
Plus: Elegant Market Entry, Complex Simplicity in Healthcare Wearables... and more
Special Session: Young Genius: D-School First Looks!
Moderated by Joseph Oliver and Christine Mason
Age of Context
How to Start a Revolution
Gene Sharp & Jamila Raqib
Harvest: Blood Sweat & Tears
Director John Beck
Six Pillars of Healthy Living
Dr. Brad Jacobs
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