Christopher Dean

Christopher Dean
CSO, Skype


Christopher Dean, Skype’s CSO, has 20 years of experience in business and corporate development, strategy consulting and advising startups. He specializes in deals to grow revenue, create new distribution channels and develop and launch new products.

Christopher has led several business development and strategy teams that have defined and prioritized strategic partner targets and identified, negotiated and closed partnerships. He was most recently the co-founder of Texada Capital and responsible for new business development. Earlier, he spent four years as the senior vice president of marketing and business development at Face Time communications, a leading vendor of security, management and control solutions for enterprise-oriented instant messaging.

Christopher also was an executive in business development at Epoch Partners,, Worlds, Inc. and a consultant at Regis McKenna, Inc. He has consulted with Apple, Adobe Systems, IBM, Oracle, and Placeware, prior to its sale to Microsoft.

He has a B.A. in Economics from Vassar College and a MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management.


Strategy & Business Models
Location: 2005 Level:
Moderated by:
Chris Anderson (3D Robotics)
Christopher Dean (Skype), Brad Jefferson (Animoto), Joe Kennedy (Pandora)
Average rating: ***..
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It's no secret that startups need a strong business model to stay afloat in a continuously challenging economy. This session focuses on the good, bad and ugly of the freemium model, shared by the executives of three successful companies based on one. Why go freemium? Where do you draw the “free” line? And how do you convert users to customers? Read more.
Silverlight Showcase
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • .CO
  • Adobe Systems, Inc.
  • Ericsson
  • Germany Trade & Invest
  • IBM
  • Berlin Partner
  • blueKiwi
  • EffectiveUI
  • HP
  • Neustar, Inc.
  • OpenSRS
  • OpenText
  • PayPal
  • Pearltrees
  • The Planet

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