• Chris Adams is an internationally recognised and experienced executive, digital strategist, consultant, speaker, author, director and advisor whose career has seen him at the forefront of the technology, entertainment, media and digital revolution for 25 years.


    Chris's track record includes working with Facebook, Amazon, Participant Media, Comcast Cable and Interactive, National Storage, Seven West Media, Sensis/Found Digital along with a number of ASX listed companies and a variety of startups.


    Chris is an advisor to, and Entrepreneur in Residence of, Greater Outcomes and Impact Academy which provides training, development and funding for Australia's social impact entrepreneurs.

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    Chris Adams’ career has included his working with and for some of the best known companies in the world, a wide variety of start-ups, charitable endeavours, brands and thought leaders. Always at the nexus of disruption, innovation and engagement; whether as a media, entertainment, technology executive, board director, advisor, digital strategist, speaker, lecturer or author, Chris prides himself

    on outcomes that result in change.


    From being tasked to put video on Facebook (which resulted in the launch of the Share button) to helping Amazon and Hollywood work together, to helping eBay's Jeff Skoll in building Participant Media through its first slate of movies including: An Inconvenient Truth, Syriana, North Country, Charlie Wilson’s War, Good Night, And Good Luck and more, Chris has been at the coal-face of innovation, disruption and the companies that define it.


    Now living in Brisbane, Australia, Chris has sat on the Boards of ASX listed tech companies, works with ASX 200s to innovate and embrace digital, advised many startups and investor groups and firms to help them make the right decisions about their investment strategy.


    Chris received his Masters of Fine Arts from The University of Southern California’s School Of Professional Writing while simultaneously pursuing an MFA from their School of Film And Television. He received his Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature and Mass Communications from The University of Denver.


    Chris speaks on a variety of topics including:

    Innovation | Disruption | Entrepreneurship | Digital Media | Social Media
    Storytelling | Digital Trends | Social Trends | Investment Strategy


    As a speaker, Chris has given keynotes, speeches and been a panellist for such companies and events as:

    Seven West Media, Sensis/Found Digital, Melbourne United, VidCon Australia, Digital Hollywood, CTIA, ideaCity, X-Media Labs, SunCorp, The Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA), The V21/AIMIA Conference, AIMIA Connect, TV 3.0 Conference, Opportunity Green Conference, OnHollywood, muruD (Telstra), The ABC, Ignite Australia, CMO Summit (US), CMO/CIO Conference (AUS), Committee for Economic Development Australia, APP’s NAB Enabling Technology Lunch Series, Family Business Australia and many others.



    Podcast: Startups and Stories

    'The Intelligent Workplace' podcast interview by Chris Lukianenko on how Chris Adams combines his love of the written word with his passion for startups by assisting them with the art of corporate storytelling.




    Brisbane, 2020


    Chris was interviewed by TradeMutt for their 120 Grit 'podcast for the working class'.


    In this episode Chris gives us an insight into the unseen world of Hollywood and Silicon valley, as well as talking openly about some of the challenges that he has been through since relocating to Australia.


    Brisbane, 2019

    Technology + Property Investors

    Chris was special guest speaker at Australia Pacific Mortgages September Platinum session.


    Melbourne, 2018 (62 mins)

    South Australia Entrepreneur's Week 2018

    Chris delivered the keynote at the Entrepreneur's Week opening event


    'The Entrepreneurs Journey: debunking disruption, demystifying innovation, decluttering jargon and sharing insights.'


    Adelaide Convention Centre

    Adelaide, 2018 (35 mins)


    Video has been removed by host Brand SA, which was wound up mid 2019.



    Tech Startups

    Chris delivered a keynote at the launch of The Room Xchange, an Australian tech startup.


    Room Xchange Launch

    Melbourne, 2017 (9 mins)

    Startup Culture

    In conjunction with its new partners, CapitalPitch hosted its largest Startup Investors event at the Sydney Powerhouse Museum on 15 December 2016. The event brought together almost 300 experienced angel investors, family offices, professional investors and technology industry leaders to invest in the future of venture capital and startups. Chris addresses the key issues in Australian start up culture and what steps need to be undertaken to maximise startup efficiency.


    Capital Pitch

    Sydney, 2016 (11 mins)


    Video has been removed by Capital Pitch



    Chris presents at the On Fire Event on Storytelling and how it shapes entrepreneurship, imagination, invention, and innovation.


    muruD Startup Accelerator

    Sydney, 2014 (9 mins)

    Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    CEDA (Committee for Economic Development of Australia)’s Science Futures Series and Royal Institution of Australia invited Chris to provide an overview of how to innovate in business by identifying opportunities, connecting with the right people and making the most of the market using personal experience. In this nationally livestreamed event, he also discussed emerging critical business questions including how do you adapt your business to survive in competitive markets? And how do you bring your workforce along for the innovation ride?


    The Science Exchange

    Adelaide, 2013 (13 mins)

    Social Media

    Chris delivered the keynote speech at the Australian Interactive Media Industry of Australia Conference.



    Sydney, 2010 (10 mins)


    Chris spoke at Canada's annual ideacity conference in 2009. This event, now in its 18th year, has a reputation as Canada’s premier meeting of the minds. Over the course of three days, media icon Moses Znaimer presents a dazzling line-up of some of the brightest minds on the planet. Ground breaking scientists, visionary entrepreneurs, artists, scholars, activists and agitators – if it’s new, if it’s hot, if it will challenge your thinking, it’s at ideacity. Over the years ideacity has welcomed such distinguished presenters as Deepak Chopra, Margaret Atwood, Romeo Dallaire, and Robert Kennedy Jr.

    Koerner Hall

    Toronto, 2009 (21 mins)


    Chris delivered the keynote speech at the University of Adelaide’s Entrepreneurship Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC) e-Challenge Awards Dinner, attended by over 300 people.


    National Wine Centre

    Adelaide, 2013


    Executive Stories podcast
    February 2018 (36 mins)



    In September 2013, Spondo, a company in which Chris was serving as CEO, was awarded a coveted spot in the Red Herring Asia Top 100, and in November 2013, Spondo was awarded a spot in the Red Herring Global Top 100, the only Australian company to do so.


    Spondo Wins Red Herring Top 100 Global Award



    SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 21, 2013)


    Spondo, a world leading social broadcasting platform, was today announced as the winner of the 2013 Red Herring Top 100 Global Award. Widely recognized as one of the industry's highest distinctions, the Red Herring Global Award honors the best private technology companies from Asia, Europe and the Americas.


    "We are honored to be recognized as a leading company by Alex Vieux and the rest of the Red Herring Team," said Chris Adams, CEO of Spondo. "It is a privilege to have presented alongside so many exciting and innovative startups from around the world these last three days, and as the only Australian company to win this honor, we share it with all Aussie companies in the hope that it encourages us all to strive further."


    Winners are announced at the Red Herring Global conference, a culmination of a year-long search for the world's most promising privately held companies. Since 1996, The Red Herring Top 100 List has been a respected authority in discovering and endorsing these ventures. The chosen 100 are selected based on criteria that examines every aspect of the company.


    "Choosing the companies with the strongest potential was by no means a small feat," said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. "After rigorous contemplation and discussion, we narrowed our list down from hundreds of candidates from across Global to the Top 100 Winners. We believe Spondo embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture. Spondo should be proud of its accomplishment, as the competition was the strongest it has ever been."

    Spondo Wins Red Herring Top 100 Asia Award



    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, Sep 10, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX)


    Streaming Video Monetization Platform Is the Only Australian Company to Receive Prestigious Honor


    Spondo, a world-leading proprietary content syndication and revenue distribution software platform, today announced it is a winner of Red Herring’s Top 100 Asia award, a prestigious title honoring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the Asian business region. Spondo was the only company from Australia to receive the award.


    Red Herring’s Top 100 Asia list has become a mark of distinction for identifying promising new companies and entrepreneurs. Red Herring editors were among the first to recognize that companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Skype, Salesforce.com, YouTube, and eBay would change the way we live and work.


    “We are honored to join the accomplished roster of those who have been honored by Red Herring,” said Chris Adams, Spondo CEO. “The fact that we were the only Australian company to be named to this list says a lot about the unique quality of work we are currently doing at Spondo. We look forward to continuing the kind of innovation that helped us receive such a pre-eminent technology accolade.”


    Red Herring’s editorial staff evaluated the companies on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, management quality, strategy, and market penetration. This assessment of potential is complemented by a review of the track record and standing of startups relative to their peers, allowing Red Herring to see past the “buzz” and make the list a valuable instrument of discovery and advocacy for the most promising new business models in Asia.


    “Choosing the companies with the strongest potential was by no means a small feat,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “After rigorous contemplation and discussion, we narrowed our list down from hundreds of candidates from across Asia to the Top 100 Winners. We believe Spondo embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture. Spondo should be proud of its accomplishment, as the competition was the strongest it has ever been.”


    About Red Herring


    Red Herring is a global media company that unites the world’s best high technology innovators, venture investors and business decision makers in a variety of forums, including print, online and exclusive events worldwide. Red Herring provides an insider’s access to the global innovation economy, identifying new and innovative technology companies and entrepreneurs. Its Red Herring 100 awards for North America, Europe, Asia and Global have recognized more than 5,000 companies in their early stages, including Baidu, Google, eBay and Skype.


    About Spondo


    Spondo is a world-leading technology company with proprietary content syndication and revenue distribution software that empowers publishers to monetize their content on any website, tablet PC or Smart device/TV via streaming Pay-Per-View, VOD and more. Based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Spondo seeks to connect content owners with affiliates and their communities through an innovative business model of revenue sharing, turnkey technology solutions and marketing tools that make it easy to make money from content worldwide. Spondo is owned by holding company RivusTV Limited.