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Chris Dykstra
Board Member

Chris Dykstra is a serial technology and media entrepreneur, community leader, and artist. He is a Partner in Brown Venture Group, a Minneapolis based VC fund investing in Black, Native American and LatinX entrepreneurs, the founder of of GoodCarts.co, a network of purpose driven entrepreneurs connecting for growth and impact, a founding partner and CEO of Warecorp, an international software engineering, and consulting company working with impact entrepreneurs and change agents; co- founder and partner in Drupal Squad (http://drupalsquad.com); founder and publisher of TheContributor.com (http://thecontributor.com) an online, daily publication of the work of an international network of bloggers, Chair-emeritus and co-founder of The UpTake (http://theuptake.org), an acclaimed non-profit online video news organization; founder of Zanby.com, an open-source enterprise network organizing platform, and founder of one of the first US Benefit Corporations in the world, Global Contribution (GC) which was founded to hold investments in communities of shared prosperity. He lives in Minneapolis. Prior to becoming a serial entrepreneur, he served as Vice President of eCommerce for EPAM Systems, Europe's largest offshore software development company. At EPAM, he provided technology vision and leadership for West Publishing, SBLI USA, Alloy.com, Target, Lasvegas.com and Aeromexico.com. Prior to EPAM, he built a global interactive agency for FirePond, guiding a team of 60 creative talents in five countries to break new frontiers in usable, branded online selling for General Motors, Renault, Subaru, Invesmart, Ricoh, Zurich, John Deer, IBM and Compaq. Chris is also a practicing artist. His paintings and drawings can be found at http://chrisdykstra.com. Specialties: Web and software development services, online community building, offshore outsourcing, information architecture, content management, business model development, media, coworking, entrepreneurship, investment, fund raising, art, art entrepreneurship, community organizing, media, advertising, activism, coworking, social entrepreneurship, impact investing, politics.