About Chris

For much of the past ten years, I’ve been a sporadic blogger.  Ironic, really, considering that by some accounts I popularized the term “social media” and championed the idea of blogging way back when.  It turns out, I’ve always been more of an essayist and the short form, shoot-from-the-lip blog style didn’t well suit me.

But time passes and I realized that for want of more time and more quiet, I just don’t get around to writing things down. And then I forget. And then I wish I remembered.

I spend a lot of time thinking about the nature of things, the root causes that affect change, the ideas that ought to catch hold and the obstacles that keep that from happening.  Mostly, I think about these things in the context of Silicon Valley and the nature of innovation and how both impact and are impacted by current events.   Primarily, I am an insomniac and one has to think of something while laying awake in the dark.

As 2012 drew to a close, those middle-night hours began tackling lots of challenges.  The “fiscal cliff” threatened to slingshot the United States back to the Great Depression. Bad guys with guns could not be stopped by good guys with guns or other means at their current disposal.  The line between entrepreneur and the working poor seemed terribly blurred.  And the innovation engine of Silicon Valley seemed to be doing very little to make a difference.

In that context, I decided to rededicate myself to blogging. Or, as I prefer to say, writing shit down.

Bubble and Blender seemed to be the right name for this platform of ideas and opinions. It reflects the current condition of Silicon Valley, the Innovation Ecosystem at larger, and of the grey matter that bounces around inside my skull.

If you have stumbled on this page by some cosmic accident and want to know more about me, you can read about me in my own words or someone else’s.   And if you’d like to reach me, you can email me at cshipley9 [at] gmail.com


I love free speech.  I spent the first dozen years of my career as a journalist and the last 15 spouting opinions as a so-called “pundit.”   What I don’t love is offensive speech, abusive speech, you-wouldn’t-talk-to-your-mother-that-way speech.  I welcome comments, debate, counterpoint, objections, and even concurrence.  I do not welcome insults, obscenity, threats or hate speech.  And because it’s my blog, I get to be the judge.  I’ll be as transparent and inclusive as possible.  I’ll honor dissenting perspectives respectfully presented.   But step over the line – and worse, do it anonymously – and you’re outta here.  Sorry.  That’s just the way it is.

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