Santa Fe Institute


John D. Chisholm


CEO, John Chisholm Ventures


John Chisholm has three decades of experience as CEO, entrepreneur, and investor.  He is head of John Chisholm Ventures, a San Francisco-based entrepreneurial advisory, consulting, and investment firm.  He founded and for ten years served as CEO/Chairman of CustomerSat (now part of ConfirmIt), a leading provider of enterprise feedback management systems. A pioneer in online marketing research, he founded and for five years served as CEO/Chairman of Decisive Technology (now part of Google), publisher of the first desktop and client-server software for online surveys.  He is chairman of Pyze, a provider of mobile intelligence platforms, and author of the Amazon best seller, Unleash Your Inner Company (Greenleaf, 2015).  

He is a member of the MIT Corporation (board of trustees), serves as president and chair of the worldwide MIT Alumni Association, and sits on the visiting committees of MIT Social Sciences and the Institute for Data, Systems and Society. He has chaired the Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society, served on the visiting committee of the MIT math department, is author or co-author of two US patents, and is a contributor to Forbes.

He holds BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School. An avid mountain climber, he has summited Mts. Rainier, Shasta, Whitney, St. Helens, and live volcanoes in Chile and Indonesia.