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Chris Tolles

Advisor Greater Boston Area, US



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One Earth Designs
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One Earth Designs


Academic IP Commercialization Strategy Boston-Area Universities June 2016 - present
Mentor MassChallenge July 2016 - present
Associate Director, Business Development Emulate, Inc. April 2016 - present
Associate Innosight September 2014 - April 2016
Business Design and Strategy Associate, New Ventures Steelcase 2013 - 2013
Design Advisor (formerly Acting Design Director) One Earth Designs 2010 - 2013


Boston University Questrom School of Business Leadership and Organizational Transformation 2012 - 2014
Rhode Island School of Design Furniture Design 2004 - 2008

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Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Commerce
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Green
  • • Hardware
  • • Healthcare
  • • Robotics
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Smart Home
  • • Social Impact
  • • Transportation
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Fitness
  • • Quantified-self
  • • Medical Devices

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Brian McMurray
They're my friends  •  Web Engineering, Formlabs.
Chris is an incredibly thoughtful and creative person. His design background deeply influences and enhances his view of the business world a ... nd he's capable of seeing a bigger picture for how systems, people, product, ideas, and creativity come together to form great things.
Nadir Ait-Laoussine
They're my friends  •  Client Services Lead, Nomadic Foundry and Founding Partner, Urban Mobile Sensors. University of Michigan grad.
Charismatic, and resourceful. Chris strikes a good balance between design and engineering, theory and practice.
michael salguero
They're my mentor  •  Founder and CEO, ButcherBox. Boston grad.
He has the right mix of hard-core analytics with drive and endurance. Gritty and tenacious.
Liam Van Vleet
We worked together  •  User Experience Designer and Strategist, Octo Product Development.
Chris has an instinct for sifting through the fluff and being able to focus on what is important. He also has a knack for communicating the ... focus very clearly for others. This applies to thinking big and small, from organizational direction down to the details of products he is working on. When we worked together a few years ago at a clean-energy, social impact startup, he naturally took on leadership tasks above his pay grade without being prompted to do so and succeeded. He is driven to make an impact and actively seeks out ways to measure that impact, which was important for the social impact sector we were working in. He is very well organized and at the same time connects genuinely with the people he works with. He was, and continues to be, a great mentor to me. Chris is someone to think through tough ideas with and work out a plan to make those ideas real.
Molly Cross
We worked together  •  Director, Transformation, Docent Health. Harvard grad.
Chris combines analytical and design thinking with a desire to continually push the boundaries and get to the right answer.
Mike Joslin
We worked together  •  Venture Development Director, Redstar. Harvard Business School grad. University of Michigan grad.
Chris is an incredibly talented, smart and charismatic person. No only is he driven and focused on bringing new ventures to life, his backgr ... ound in design, innovation consulting and startups gives him a unique skillset to do so. Lastly, he's just a great guy.
Nathan Phipps
They're my school  •  Instructor, Harvard University.
Chris has experience in small companies and advising big ones. He is a critical and creative thinker with real world experience. Chris seeks ... the expertise of those around him while being unafraid to make decisions himself. In short Chris has the skills, experience and personality to identify and execute on business opportunities.
Dan Fink
We worked together  •  Senior Associate, Innosight.
Chris has significant past experience in innovation; he will throw himself at a problem and push as hard as he can until he succeeds

Liam Van Vleet
We worked together  •  User Experience Designer and Strategist, Octo Product Development.
Liam is patient and intentional to answer questions that really matter. He combines a profoundly human-centered, empathetic approach with ex ... cellent prototyping abilities. He's passionate about problems that matter, and will pursue solutions with grit and focus.