Christopher Allen / (Life With Alacrity)(http://www.LifeWithAlacrity.com)
Entrepreneur, Advisor, Technologist & Teacher
Christopher Allen is a Berkeley, California based social software entrepreneur who has been working in the area of social software and online trust for over 30 years. He founded Consensus Development in 1988 as a groupware engineering firm; Consensus later went on to develop the SSL standard with Netscape Communications, a security standard which is now at the heart of all secure commerce on the World Wide Web. Consensus Development was acquired by Certicom in 1998.
Christopher founded Alacrity Ventures in 1999, an angel investment firm with three partners that invested in over a dozen startups. He is CEO of Skotos Tech, offering an online game channel offering social games (skotos.net), online game community (rpg.net) & iPhone/iPad games (rpg.net/iphone). More recently, Christopher consulted for Fortune 500 companies on social web strategies, consults for social software companies such as SocialText, LinkedIn, Opinity, Metaplace and various other startups, and speaks on the topic of entrepreneuring, collaboration, trust, privacy and security at various conferences.
Since 2003 Christopher has been sharing his experience by writing in a blog Life With Alacrity (www.LifeWithAlacrity.com), where he covers a variety of topics including entrepreneuring, collaboration, groupware, social software, online communities, facilitation, wiki, internet security, trust, cryptography, privacy, interface design, internet media, internet tools, and other topics that he’s passionate about.
He is co-author of “iPhone & iPad in Action: Introduction to SDK Development” published by Manning, is the founder of the www.iPhoneWebDev.com, the largest iPhone web developer support community, and is keynote speaker and co-founder of www.iPhoneDevCamp.org where he offers team matchmaking, serves as technolgoy concierge and moderates the popular Hackathon Contest.
Christopher is on the faculty in Bainbridge Graduate Institute’s (bgi.edu) Sustainable Business MBA program, where he teaches the popular “Using the Social Web for Social Change” course and is Director of Collaborative Strategy. He has been active in the creation of the new integrated curriculum for an MBA in Sustainable Systems approved for the fall of 2011, and teaching faculty how to more effectively teach in online and hybrid online classes.