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Role Model

Christopher Reade

LookFar

Annually since 1986, YLC has selected a class of outstanding New Orleanians who serve as Role Models by actively contributing to the betterment of the Greater New Orleans region. These individuals are an inspiration to YLC’s young professional members and to the community at large.

Christopher Reade is the President of LookFar, a New Orleans-based software company. LookFar specializes in Idea Acceleration, a process that helps young companies that depend upon technology focus and grow. In just four years, LookFar has served over 200 New Orleans start-ups, advising and building software for many of them. In 2017, under Christopher’s leadership, LookFar founded the Ada Lovelace Woman of the Year in Tech Award, which recognizes New Orleans women who make great contributions to technology in their community.

Chris has served as Advisor for many start-ups and is a frequent speaker on the topics of technology and disaster recovery. He has supported many start-up and business plan competitions, including Start-up Weekend, the TechCrunch Pitch, and Tulane University’s Business Model Competition. He recently coached for Loyola University’s Lean Startup Program and helped establish the university’s Certificate in Software Development, whose first class graduated in August of 2017.

Chris’ extensive civic service demonstrates his strong commitment to the New Orleans community. For six years, he served on the board for SciHigh. He was a founding board member of CourtWatch NOLA, and served on the board for NPR-affiliate WWNO 89.9 FM. Chris is Past President of The Entrepreneur’s Organization of Louisiana, a member of the Louisiana Innovation Council, Past President of Young Leadership Council, and serves on the boards for the Metropolitan Crime Commission and GNO, Inc. He is also an advisor to NOLA Tech Week and New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. For ten years, he was the voice of the GNOInfo Minute on WWNO where he helped publicize community information post-Katrina.

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Photo credit: Gigsy Photography