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Christopher serves as an advisor and mentor for a variety of founders, startups, established companies, and universities in the blockchain, cryptocurrency, fintech, healthcare, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence spaces. He enjoys helping great teams and welcomes new opportunities to work with energizing entrepreneurs. Create the life you want is Christopher’s focal point in any advisory/investor role he plays.

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Conscious Conversations

With topics ranging from blockchain to embracing vulnerability in the workplace to growing your company in a human way to managing and scaling technical teams, Christopher has spoken to crowds of 5-10 founders to well over 1,000 people in a variety of industries including financial services and non-profit events.

Compassionate Adventures

Anyone who knows or has traveled with Christopher can attest to his insatiable thirst for life, tendency to invite incredible opportunities around him, and the ability to transform a simple dinner into trajectory-shifting experiences.

My System

Causes I’m Actively Involved With

  • 2016
    2016-Present

    Active Member & Contributor

    London, New York


    Tusk is an organization that has captured my full support for not only their direct work with large game animals in Africa but also for their efforts globally to help stem ivory trade and other mistreatment of the world's resources.

    www.tusk.org

  • 2016
    2016-Present

    Active Member & Contributor

    San Francisco, Beijing, Galapagos


    WildAid’s mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes. We envision a world where people no longer buy wildlife products such as shark fin, elephant ivory and rhino horn.

    While most wildlife conservation groups focus on protecting animals from poaching, WildAid works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products by persuading consumers and strengthening enforcement.

    www.wildaid.org

  • 2016
    2016-Present

    Active Member & Contributor

    New York City


    Gordon Parks was one of the seminal figures of twentieth century photography. A humanitarian with a deep commitment to social justice, he left behind a body of work that documents many of the most important aspects of American culture from the early 1940s up until his death in 2006.

    He was also a noted composer and author, and in 1969, became the first African American to write and direct a Hollywood feature film based on his bestselling novel The Learning Tree. This was followed in 1971 by the hugely successful motion picture Shaft. The core of his accomplishment, however, remains his photography the scope, quality, and enduring national significance of which is reflected throughout the collection at The Gordon Parks Foundation.

    www.gordonparksfoundation.org

  • 2011
    2011-Present

    Active Member

    New York City


    The Young Entrepreneurs Council is one of the best communities for successful entrepreneurs to gather, share, and support each other across industries and locales. I've been fortunate enough to have been a members for years and make an effort to physically meet with members across the country anytime I'm in town. YEC has been one of the best communities for so many of us.

    www.yec.co

What I’ve done so far

  • 2016
    2015-Present

    Board Member & Active Member

    Sydney, Australia


    A select group of global socially conscious entrepreneurs with a vision that the lives we touch are enriched with the excitement of change, opportunity and innovation. With events on Necker Island with Richard Branson to events in Australia, the community is unique in it’s brand affiliations and focus.

  • 2014
    2014-2016

    Founder & CEO

    Carmel, Indiana


    Vendor Relationship Management and Community Ratings Platform for Financial Institutions. Profitable in it’s 1st year. Customers over $500M in size

  • 2013
    2013 - Present

    Director Community Engagement

    Hartford, Connecticut


    Spearheaded the launch of the Financial Institution Community for financial institutions nationwide to collaborate on common product issues faced within the Fiserv and Open Solutions Ecosystems. The community serves over 10,000 financial institution employees worldwide. I worked with senior management to provide strategic direction, engagement strategies, and operational direction to ensure a healthy and vibrant community.

  • 2015
    2015

    Community Launch Strategist

    Facilitated the strategic direction, development, and launch of the Credit Union National Association’s Online Network serving over 75,000 financial institution managers, CIOs, CFOs, Marketing Professionals, and CEOs.

  • 2013
    2013 - Present

    Dean's Advisory Board

    Indianapolis, Indiana


    Active board member despite not having attended the university. Passion for the arts, a desire to help architect strong flexible degree programs and support the dean in his efforts to bring the beauty of the arts to the community and futures of the students drove me to get involved.

  • 2007
    2007 - Present

    Mentor & Coach

    West Lafayette, Indiana


    Longest tenured mentor at the Purdue Entrepreneurship Academy. Largest summer camp for high school kids in the state of Indiana, culminating in presentations of business models to real venture capitalists.

     

  • 2013
    2013

    Mentor & Team Advisor

    Boston, Massachusetts


    Team mentor for one of the first entrepreneurship-oriented summer camps for high school kids at MIT. Our first year it was a joint effort between Harvard and MIT in which faculty participated and instructed while mentors guided teams. Several teams went on to create companies in real life atop the rewarding experience of having a high caliber set of influencers around them daily.

  • 2003
    2003-2012

    Creator & Co-founder, (Vice President Product Development)

    West Lafayette, Indiana


    Created, managed and successfully sold industry-leading software company from my dorm room to financial institutions in over 7 countries. Winning the Inc. 500 award in 2008, for being the 27th fastest growing company in America. Designed, Architected, and built the Passageways Corporate Portal Collaboration Platform which grew to serve financial institutions profitably and globally over 10 years. Initial investment of $100,000, profitable within 3 years, and remained profitable for 10+ years till exiting. Grew Passageways from its establishment in 2003 to over 450 banks and credit unions globally. Customers range in size from $100 million in assets to many over $1 billion, including 40 of the largest 300 institutions in the United States. Passageways’ mission is to provide collaboration solutions, helping their employees and partners draw insights and strengthen company culture.

  • 2012
    2012-2015

    Founding Organizing Team Member & Speaker Coach

    Indianapolis, Indiana


    First TEDx Event in Indianapolis. Organized with a team of passionate citizens and still active today. After my first year there, I was primarily a speaker coach and worked directly with speakers to refine, rehearse, and organize their TEDx Talks.

  • 2011
    2011

    Founding Organizing Team Member

    West Lafayette, Indiana


    First TEDx Event at Purdue University. Organized with a team of passionate students and still active on campus each year.

  • 2013
    2013

    Strategic Advisor (exited in 2013)

    West Lafayette, Indiana


    Strategic Advisor for FoundOps, an online service delivery facilitation startup. Top Startup of the Year in 2012, Startup Bowl, for the State of Indiana. IP and Team was integrated into Angie’s List (NASDAQ: ANGI) in early 2013.

  • 2013
    2013

    Strategic Advisors

    Indianapolis, Indiana


    Platform for local businesses to find each other and partner in a better cleaner way.

  • 2002
    2002

    B.S. Industrial Management & Minor in Management Information Systems

    West Lafayette, Indiana


    I think I’ll always feel astonished by the incredible scale and diversity of opportunity that the university afforded me. Looking back, I remember how excited I was to be able to attend Patrick Duparcq’s intimately-sized graduate program while still an undergrad. Four years of phenomenal professors across the disciplines pushed me to expand, challenge, and adjust my worldview. Purdue taught me so much outside the classroom as well. My participation in Purdue’s myriad innovation initiatives exercised my creative muscle, sparked my obsession with design, and strengthened my tolerance to adversity. Purdue showed me what I love to do, gifted me with a love for learning, and surrounded me with a wealth of amazing peers.

  • Christopher’s Stories

    How to Successfully Scale Podcast

    Podcast Ep 045: How to Successfully Scale with Christopher Beltran by Grant Merriel Podcast Overview We all love a growing business. It means that we are getting more clients and earning more profit. But as the demand for your products and services grow, your current small team might not be able to keep up. Hence, you also need to hire more people. If this is your first time to scale your business departments, it might [...]

    Beautiful Guatemala Medical/Dental Trip

    Recently I was invited by my one sister, Stacy, to a medical/dental mission trip in Guatemala.  Neither of us had ever done such a trip and she had always wanted to.  So we headed down and had an incredible experience extracting teeth, providing medical assistance to those in need, and listening and learning about the Mayan people deep in the jungle away from civilization.  For me not having a medical background, it was surreal to [...]

    Truly Remarkable Joel Robuchon Restaurant

    Passion can be found in business, software, and even food as I recently discovered… Remarkable. It’s the one word I use when I experience something that is truly worth “writing home about”. That word is appropriate to describe a recent restaurant experience I had in Las Vegas. I watch the Food Network often and had seen an interesting episode of Top Chef featuring the “Chef of the Century” Joel Robuchon. I had ever heard of [...]