Design Thinking • Facilitator • Moderator • Future Forecasting
Chris Cowart is a futurist, design & innovation leader, and venture investor.
Over a 14 year career at IDEO, he pioneered the human factors and user research disciplines in the design industry; launched many ‘first of their categories’ like Tivo and Handspring; innovated for big brands like BMW, Medtronic, Pfizer, and Walmart; established new IDEO locations in Boulder and Munich; founded the Health + Wellness practice; created fundamental content around behavior change; and incubated a number of successfully venture backed companies.
In 2014, Chris joined the Montage Ventures team as a Venture Partner. He engages in deal diligence and across the seed stage portfolio to advise on product, design, brand, and business topics. He served as Chief Product Officer for a Montage-incubated, Parasail Health, a startup aiming at the out of pocket health expenses. He also represents a Montreal family office in their technology investments, and is on the board of Kinetic Commerce based in Toronto, Ontario.
Chris currently runs an independent innovation consulting practice over the past 5 years and has led innovation initiatives for Change Healthcare, Stanley Black & Decker, Adidas, Mophie, Macy’s, VW, Specialized, The Tour Tracker, Maclean Fogg, Veracyte Diagnostics, and Nike.
He serves as design & corporate innovation faculty at Singularity University in Silicon Valley. He lectures frequently on design thinking and exponential technologies, and facilitates large workshop events. Chris also collaborates with the FWD team in San Francisco as Executive Editor for futurist content on sports and healthcare.
Chris received a bachelors degree in Human Factors from Tufts University, and a masters degree in business from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He lives in Woodside, California, with his family, where he serves as a trustee at Phillips Brooks School in Menlo Park and on the board of Sutter Health Plans. Outside the office, he is a competitive athlete
in cyclocross and enjoys kitesurfing.
tags: design thinking, innovation, future forecasting, future of sports, future of healthcare, workshop facilitator, keynote speaker