Chris Smith is the CEO and Co-Founder of Kipsu, a software services company based in Minneapolis that is redefining the way service organizations engage their customers using text messaging and other digital conversation channels. Prior to launching Kipsu, Chris was a venture capitalist with Coral Group, where he led investments and sat on the boards of enterprise software and telecom technology start-up companies. Chris started his career at Andersen Consulting, where he was a manager in its telecom/media & entertainment practices. Chris has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, where he was an IBM Venture Fellow. Chris received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University. Chris lives in Long Lake, Minnesota, with his wife Nell and his three children. Chris enjoys running, cycling and downhill skiing.