John Dana Chisholm, an entrepreneur, CEO, and investor for over 30 years, heads John Chisholm Ventures, a San Francisco-based startup advisory and angel investment firm. He is the author of Unleash Your Inner Company, a popular guide to discovering, launching, and scaling your ideal business.
He founded and served as CEO/chairman of Decisive Technology (now part of Google), a pioneer in online surveys, and of CustomerSat (now part of Confirmit), a leading provider in enterprise feedback management. He started his career in engineering and management positions at GE and HP, followed by consulting to high-tech companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Xerox, and Netapp.
He is a member of the MIT Corporation (board of trustees); a trustee of the Santa Fe Institute; past president and chair of the worldwide MIT Alumni Association; and former trustee of The Seasteading Institute. He serves or has served on advisory boards of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research, Atlas Network, and Antigua Forum, and chaired the Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society.
He writes and speaks frequently on what forms of regulation promote, and what forms stifle, entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic growth. He has served on the Global Partners Council of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, and as mentor or judge for the Hult Prize, the European Innovation Academy, and Thiel Fellowship. He contributes to Forbes.
A former mountain climber, he has summited Mounts Rainier, Shasta, Whitney, St. Helens, and volcan Villarica, a live volcano in Chile.