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Founder / Chief Executive Officer
Focused on driving overall vision and strategy, Christopher W. Klaus is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kaneva, a rapidly growing social entertainment world. Christopher is also highly regarded as one of the youngest and brightest Internet pioneers of our time as well as a foremost philanthropist and community leader.
At Kaneva (Latin for “canvas”), Christopher has been leading the drive to build a unique destination on the Web where anyone can create a Profile or Community, join an interactive community to share and rave media and interact with a rapidly growing audience; and even teleport into a modern day, easy to use 3D Virtual World to connect with one another and experience the next generation in online entertainment.
Christopher founded Kaneva with the vision of embracing the new era of content creation and harnessing the power of the Internet – to democratize entertainment and provide opportunities for everyone from artists to consumers to share and interact with entertainment online in an entirely new way.
Christopher also founded and served as the Chief Security Advisor of Internet Security Systems, Inc. (ISS), a company he created in 1994 and sold to IBM at a total value of over one billion dollars in 2006. As a world renowned Internet pioneer, Christopher was one of the first to recognize the emerging need for Internet security and developed the first vulnerability scanning technology. During his time at ISS, Christopher consistently led the company’s technology vision, contributed significantly to its business strategy and was instrumental in helping organizations around the world safeguard critical data from the ever-growing number of information security threats. During his time at ISS, Christopher testified at several U.S. Senate and House of Representative Hearings on issues surrounding cyber security and was selected to co-chair the Technical Standards and Common Criteria Task Force for the Department of Homeland Security National Cyber Security Summit – a private sector sponsored task force within the President’s National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.
A former student at Georgia Institute of Technology, Christopher decided to share his success by donating $15 million in 1999 for the construction of a new building on the Georgia Tech campus —the Klaus Advanced Computing Building--representing the largest personal donation from anyone of his generation according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Opened in 2006, the building was designed to inspire students to also give back, as well as accelerate future technology innovation, making a positive, direct impact to our digital lifestyle and the global online community.
Appointed by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, Christopher currently sits on the Film, Video, and Music Advisory Commission where he plays an active role in helping define legislation to support the number of films and games made in Georgia. He is a game advisor to American Intercontinental University (AIU), serves on the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Board of Visitors as well as the boards of VerticalOne, the Georgia Game Developers Association (GGDA), Georgia Tech Advisory Board (GTAB), and the Georgia Tech College of Computing.
Further demonstrating his commitment to creating more opportunities for entrepreneurs and in giving back to the community, Christopher is involved at a high level in groups such as: The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Hands on Atlanta, Hands on Network, C.A.R.E., the Technology Association of Georgia and The Georgia Tech Alumni Association.