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Chris Heivly

Entrepreneur, Co-Founder MapQuest, “The Startup Whisperer"

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Chris Heivly Biography

Chris is one of the nation’s leading experts in how to turn startups into multimillion-dollar companies. At a time when the nation’s economy is shifting from a reliance on large corporations to smaller, more innovative organizations, he has been dubbed the “The Startup Whisperer.”

For over 30 years, Heivly has worked at the highest levels for some of the world’s most recognized brands, including MapQuest, which was sold to AOL for $1.2 billion; Rand McNally, the world’s largest map publisher; and Accenture, the largest multinational management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company on the planet. He has also personally directed over $75 million in investment capital on behalf of these and other companies.

Heivly current serves as one of two managing directors of The Startup Factory, the largest seed investment firm in the Southeast. Under his leadership, the firm has made 35 investments in just three years in emerging technology companies. More than 60 percent of TSF’s portfolio has gone on to raise follow-on capital, more than double the industry average for similar investment programs.

Heivly has become a sought-after speaker and go-to source for media. He has been quoted in major national and international outlets such as Forbes, Inc., the Washington Post, TechCrunch, Crain’s Business Journal, Tech Cocktail, the Financial Post and the Montreal Gazette, and has appeared in major-market TV stations across the U.S. Because of his stature in the startup world, he was heavily featured in the documentary Startupland, which showcased the world’s most renowned entrepreneurs and startup experts. He is a contributing writer for Inc.com, the nation’s leading entrepreneurial magazine for entrepreneurs and business owners, and has a significant following for Heivly.com, his own highly respected blog that offers brutally authentic commentary on startups and the startup community.

He is set to release Build the Fort, his much-anticipated book about how to take the lessons you learned as a 10-year old and ideas on applying those lessons to starting anything. His book was inspired from a widely acclaimed TEDx talk in 2014. The book focuses on the decision to leap and those first three critical months of getting your idea off the ground. His insights are being applied in multiple realms, from any individual with a dream, to startups and companies that aspire to be more innovative, to emerging entrepreneurial communities.

Currently in Durham, NC he has lived in Chicago, IL, Lancaster, PA, Washington, DC, Columbia, SC and Philadelphia, PA.

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Build The Fort: Why 5 Simple Lessons You Learned as a 10 year-old Can Set You Up for Startup Success

Build The Fort: Why 5 Simple Lessons You Learned as a 10 year-old Can Set You Up for Startup Success

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    Booking fees for Chris Heivly, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Chris Heivly, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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Entrepreneur, Co-Founder MapQuest, “The Startup Whisperer"

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Chris Heivly Biography

Chris is one of the nation’s leading experts in how to turn startups into multimillion-dollar companies. At a time when the nation’s economy is shifting from a reliance on large corporations to smaller, more innovative organizations, he has been dubbed the “The Startup Whisperer.”

For over 30 years, Heivly has worked at the highest levels for some of the world’s most recognized brands, including MapQuest, which was sold to AOL for $1.2 billion; Rand McNally, the world’s largest map publisher; and Accenture, the largest multinational management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company on the planet. He has also personally directed over $75 million in investment capital on behalf of these and other companies.

Heivly current serves as one of two managing directors of The Startup Factory, the largest seed investment firm in the Southeast. Under his leadership, the firm has made 35 investments in just three years in emerging technology companies. More than 60 percent of TSF’s portfolio has gone on to raise follow-on capital, more than double the industry average for similar investment programs.

Heivly has become a sought-after speaker and go-to source for media. He has been quoted in major national and international outlets such as Forbes, Inc., the Washington Post, TechCrunch, Crain’s Business Journal, Tech Cocktail, the Financial Post and the Montreal Gazette, and has appeared in major-market TV stations across the U.S. Because of his stature in the startup world, he was heavily featured in the documentary Startupland, which showcased the world’s most renowned entrepreneurs and startup experts. He is a contributing writer for Inc.com, the nation’s leading entrepreneurial magazine for entrepreneurs and business owners, and has a significant following for Heivly.com, his own highly respected blog that offers brutally authentic commentary on startups and the startup community.

He is set to release Build the Fort, his much-anticipated book about how to take the lessons you learned as a 10-year old and ideas on applying those lessons to starting anything. His book was inspired from a widely acclaimed TEDx talk in 2014. The book focuses on the decision to leap and those first three critical months of getting your idea off the ground. His insights are being applied in multiple realms, from any individual with a dream, to startups and companies that aspire to be more innovative, to emerging entrepreneurial communities.

Currently in Durham, NC he has lived in Chicago, IL, Lancaster, PA, Washington, DC, Columbia, SC and Philadelphia, PA.

Chris Heivly Videos

  • Entrepreneurs' Series 2015: Angel Investor Panel on Vimeo
  • 5 Entrepreneurs Share Lessons Learned in Groundwork Labs on ...
  • AU HelpFest: Chris Heivly on MapQuest, Build the Fort & The ...

Chris Heivly Books

FAQs on booking Chris Heivly

  • How to book Chris Heivly?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Chris Heivly for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Chris Heivly, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Chris Heivly or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Chris Heivly?

    Booking fees for Chris Heivly, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Chris Heivly, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Chris Heivly?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Chris Heivly for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Chris Heivly for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Chris Heivly or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Chris Heivly or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Chris Heivly is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Chris Heivly for your event is available upon request. Chris Heivly generally travels from Durham, NC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Megan Smith, Garry Tan, Tina Sharkey, Joe Gebbia and Mariam Naficy. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Chris Heivly for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Chris Heivly Speaker Videos

  • Entrepreneurs' Series 2015: Angel Investor Panel on Vimeo
    5 Entrepreneurs Share Lessons Learned in Groundwork Labs on ...
  • AU HelpFest: Chris Heivly on MapQuest, Build the Fort & The ...
    Entrepreneurs Unplugged with Chris Heivly on Vimeo
  • Chris Heivly: On Moving On to the Next Thing on Vimeo
    Chris Heivly: On Mourning the End of a Company on Vimeo

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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