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General Information
BirthplacePalo Alto CA


University of California, San Diego (UCSD), BA
Computer Science & Economics

Current Companies

CEO, Co-founder

Former Companies

Vice President, Marketing & Co-founder
Director of Marketing
Vice President of Marketing & Co-founder
Group Marketing Manager

Web Presences


Photo Credit

Chris Tolles own camera

Chris Tolles

Chris Tolles is the CEO and co-founder of Topix. Prior to Topix, Chris co-founded and was the VP of Marketing at Spoke Software, an enterprise social networking startup.

Chris was one of the co-founders of NewHoo, which evolved into the Open Directory Project at afgter being acquired by Netscape. The Open Directory is the largest human edited directory of sites on the web. After getting acquired by Netscape, Chris ran marketing for Netscape Search and AOL Music.

Chris started his career at Sun Microsystems, where he spent eight years in a variety of sales, marketing and management positions, culminating in running marketing for the Network Security Products Group.

Chris has degrees in Computer Sceince and Economics from the University of California at San Diego, where he was awarded the Micahel Addison Award for best senior thesis and graduated as a Warren Scholar.

Chris sits on the advisory boards of several Silicon Valley startups including Spoke Software, Merchantcircle, and Fuzz, as well as being an advisor to Webmasterworld, Dealmaker Media and the Social Sciences Division of the University of California at San Diego.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Well 3/2012Venture Round$1M8



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