chris kalaboukis, the optimistic futurist™, is a visionary disruptive innovator, prolific inventor, artificer, and activist. He is the founder of hellofuture, a global foresight, design & strategy consultancy specializing in the development of new products, services, patents, and strategies for financial services, technology, media, and retail/e-commerce companies. He is also named inventor on 119 patents and cited on 1134 patents in the internet, social networking, and fintech space. A serial entrepreneur, he has helmed several startups from inception to launch. He has authored several books on innovation and the future and blogs and podcasts at