Christopher Coyle


| Founder and CEO

Chris Coyle is an accomplished executive with diverse cross-functional experience spanning multiple industries. In early 2017, he began consulting Exocetus Autonomous Systems (AUV’s for the U.S. Navy/Coast Guard) on their XPRIZE Entry (Semi-Finalist) and business development initiatives. Later launching TAO (Blue Economy/Tech Consultants) three years later to handle additional clients: Spectronn (AI/ML Data & Video to Text: NSF I-Corp Program & AFRL/U.S. Space Force Catalyst Accelerator), Sidus Solutions (Camera/Lighting Systems for Subsea/Offshore), Seatrec (Ocean Energy Harvesting Solutions), and Nonvoice (5G/AR/VR App Distribution). In addition, he advises StartBlue Accelerator (Scripps Institute of Oceanography/Rady School of Management), MassChallenge/401 Tech Bridge (New England Innovation Hub), Seaworthy Collective (Miami Ocean Cluster), Cape Fear Ocean Labs (Wilmington, NC Blue Makerspace Facility), Blue Institute Labs, Tech Transfer NYC (DOD), Tech United (NJ Tech Hub), and Ocean Exchange (Ocean Prize). Furthermore, he is an ambassador for the NSIN (National Security Innovation Network), a Steward with the Council for Inclusive Capitalism with the Vatican, and a member of the U.S. Delegate to the UN’s Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development as well as the UNDOS Artic Ocean Action Planning Group.

On May 8, 2018, he testified before the U.S. Congressional House Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure in D.C. on the use of Blue Technology to Improve Efficiency, Performance, Duration and Cost for the Coast Guard. House Resolution (HR 6206): Coast Guard Blue Technology Center of Expertise Act was introduced and passed by the 115th Congress in June 2018. HR 6206 was part of The Save Our Seas Act of 2018, which President Trump signed into law on October 11, 2018.

He is a highly sought-after speaker on the Blue Economy, Blue Tech, Ocean Data and Analytics. Chris has presented at AlgaEurope 2021, the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (D.C), the Climate Change Forum, the UN’s Ocean Data Challenge (NYC), the Coast Guard’s Blue Tech Expo at the Department of Homeland Security (D.C.), The Maritime Alliance’s Blue Tech Week (San Diego), the Army Capability Accelerator’s Challenge Summit (Brooklyn), the World Ocean Council’s SOS Summit (Halifax, Nova Scotia) and G-STIC’S (Global Scientific, Technology Innovation Conference) Inaugural Conference (Brussels, Belgium).

Prior to this, he spent 18 years in various executive management roles in the entertainment and music industry (sales/business development/strategic partnerships) helping take two companies public (Mobile Streams on AIM & MCY Music World on NASDAQ) and selling Muze to Macrovision (bought by TIVO, ROVI).

Chris has extensive experience licensing IP and content across multiple platforms supported by various business models around the world (Comcast/NBC, Universal Entertainment, Sony, Warner Bros, Disney/ESPN, Viacom/CBS, Verizon, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Telefonica) His reach spans search engines, TV/cable, mobile carriers and social media platforms. He prides himself on staying ahead of the curve and pushing himself to learn about emerging tech, business models and new user behavior.

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