Chris Heivly, the Co-founder of MapQuest and former SVP of Ecosystem Development for Techstars, is a life-long entrepreneur, a multifaceted investor (angel, corporate VC and micro VC) and for the last 12+ years, a startup community builder and consultant. He has been dubbed the “The Startup Whisperer” due to his experiences with helping founders, investors and startup community enthusiasts create environments for startup success.
Heivly currently serves as one of two managing directors of The Startup Factory, one of the largest seed investment firms in the Southeast. Under his leadership, the firm has made 35 investments in just four years in emerging technology companies.
He produces and hosts a podcast, Your Startup Community, with Brad Feld and Ian Hathaway and expects to release his 2nd book in 2023, entitled, Build The Fort: STARTUP COMMUNITY BUILDER, A Global Field Guide for how to get involved, create impact, fund and accelerate your entrepreneurial ecosystem.