Mentors

Chris Tolles

Chris Tolles is the CEO and co-founder of Topix.

Chris has co-founded three companies: Topix, NewHoo (now the Open Directory Project within AOL) and Spoke Software. Chris also ran product development at Aol music and Netscape Search (the largest part of Netscape’s business after its acquisition by AOL).

Previous to starting NewHoo and joining Netscape/AOL, Chris was an executive at Sun Microsystems and ran marketing for Sun’s security products group . Chris holds two social networking technology patents and has been a speaker and industry expert in news, online local, cryptography, Internet search & network security.

Chris has a degree in Economics and Computer Science from UCSD and the Michael Addison Award winner for his honors thesis.

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