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Meet our Mentors

Chris Crane

Independent, Consultant & Mentor

Programs: NSF I-Corps


Industry experience

  • Software/IT
  • Cloud services

Areas of expertise

  • End-to-end business management
  • Product management
  • Marketing and go-to-market
  • Leading effective teams
  • Cross-cultural management
  • Business development and complex negotiation
  • Strategy, business planning, pricing and packaging
  • Executive communications and public speaking
  • Managing through change
  • Strategic partner management


For over 25 years, Chris has led successful businesses and high-performing teams at tech companies, ranging from startups to global enterprises. He thrives on end-to-end business management in new or incubated organizations and leading businesses in transition. Chris has a passion for international markets, especially in Asia. He spent nearly four years in Beijing, where he ran Microsoft’s China Cloud Strategy team, which initially led all non-engineering aspects of bringing Office 365 to China, getting it to market, and solving day-to-day issues. Prior to China, he led product management and marketing for the large Microsoft Project and Visio businesses, including introducing their first cloud services. Chris’ style is to drive clear goals, accountabilities, and results.