John Chisholm has three decades of experience as entrepreneur, CEO, and investor. In 1997 he founded and for a decade served as CEO/Chairman of CustomerSat(now part of Confirmit), a leading provider in enterprise feedback management. A pioneer in online marketing research, in 1992 he founded and for five years served as CEO/Chairman of Decisive Technology (now part of Google), publisher of the first desktop and client-server software for online surveys. Earlier he worked for or consulted to GE, HP, Xerox, GRiD Systems, Pyramid Technologies, NetFrame, Ventura Software, and Network Appliance.
He is President Select of the MIT Worldwide Alumni Association; a member of the Development Committee of the MIT Corporation (board of trustees); a trustee of the Santa Fe Institute and of The Seasteading Institute; a regular contributor to Forbes; and chairs the MIT Club of Northern California. He serves on the advisory boards of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and the Gruter Institute for Law & Behavioral Research. He is a member of the Global Partners Council of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), and advises entrepreneurs through the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, the Thiel Foundation 20under20 Fellowship, and the Plug and Play Tech Center. He has chaired the Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society, one of Stanford’s independent laboratories; served on the visiting committee of the MIT math department, and as VP of the MIT Worldwide Alumni Association. He is author or co-author of two US patents. He won DEMO God at the DEMO 99 technology business conference
He holds BS & MS degrees in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School. An avid mountain climber, has summited Mounts Rainier, Shasta, Whitney, St. Helens and live volcanoes in Chile & Indonesia.