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Christopher Keene
San Francisco, CA 94110
chris [at]

Professional Experience

Active Grid Software, San Francisco, California
Chairman and CEO 2007 - present

  • Leading company focused on enterprise development tools for Web 2.0 applications, enabling corporate developers to add rich client interfaces, web services and community services to secure and scalable enterprise applications.

Reportive Software, Paris, France
Chairman 2006

  • During sabbatical year, led turnaround of French BI company.

Persistence Software, San Mateo, California
Founder and CEO      1991-2005

  • Pioneered data transformation and caching market.
  • Raised over $20 million in venture funding from Morgan Stanley, Intel, Reuters.
  • Drove OEM partnerships worth over $15M with Cisco, Sun, Sybase.
  • Built relationships with Fortune 500 CIOs that led to enterprise deals at Fedex, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Reuters.
  • Created influential CIO group to define middleware standards for Wall Street.
  • Took company public on NASDAQ with 79-fold return for investors.
  • Sold company to Progress Software.

McKinsey & Company, New York, New York
Engagement Manager 1987-1991

  • Led team to develop business plan for video telephony.
  • Managed team in Germany to develop strategy for German soft drink market.
  • Created worldwide manufacturing plan for Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company.
  • Managed post-merger integration of two US consumer health care companies.

Ashton-Tate, Torrance, California
Marketing Analyst 1986. Developed strategy for marketing innovative Framework product.

Hewlett Packard, Waldbronn, Germany
Software Team Lead 1985. Led German team to develop software for scientific instruments.

Medaid, Mountain View, California
Founder 1982 - 1984. Created early medical office mgmt systems. Sold to HealthData.

Board Positions

Reportive software, Chairman of the Board 2006 - Present

Noe Valley Center For Community, Board member 2006 - Present

INSEAD University West Coast Advisory Board, Board member 2006 - Present

Persistence Software, (NASDAQ:PRSW), Chairman of the Board 1991 - 2005

Lighthouse Design, Board member (sold to Sun Microsystems) 1993 - 1998


Adjunct Professor, Entrepreneur-in-residence 2005 – 2006

Berkeley Haas School of Business
Entrepreneur-in-residence 2005 – Present

Master of Business Administration    1985-1987

Bachelor of Science with Honors in Mathematical Science  1979-1983

Additional Information

Lived and worked in Germany and France. Fluent in German and French.

  • Enjoy open water swimming, powder skiing, guitar, gardening, literature.
  • Keep blog on technology and entrepreneurship at
  • Wrote blog on year in Paris at
Copyright 2005 Christopher Keene
Wedged as we are between two eternities of idleness, there is no excuse for being idle now -Anthony Burgess


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