Christine Mason

Christine Mason

Founder, President
Christine Mason
3 words that describe me: 
Strong, Flexible, Creative
What I’m making now: 

The intersection of health, beauty, IoT and the Quantified Self.   Using digital experience to rethink retail.    My first CD!

What questions I’m asking now: 

How do we hack our own evolution to live together better as a species?

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 ran trade strategy and digital marketing for a $1BN consumer rollup for 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 hosts ideation, book and music events 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; various articles