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Christopher Klaus, CEO, Kaneva - IMPACT

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Published on Oct 17, 2011

As chief executive officer and founder of Kaneva, a 3D online world and community, Christopher W. Klaus is focused on driving overall vision and strategy. Klaus is highly regarded as one of the youngest and brightest Internet pioneers of our time as well as a foremost philanthropist and community leader.

Klaus foresaw that the future of the Internet included the 3D web. At the core of Kaneva (Latin for "canvas"), is the mission to extend the human spirit of creativity and connection to the Internet, bringing people together to socialize, create and be rewarded in a 3D community.

Klaus has built Kaneva on the premised that there is an opportunity for the convergence of online video games, social networking and the virtual world. Core to Kaneva are integrated game play and a directed path that provides its members with activities, games, as well as rewards, recognition and status for their achievements and contributions. Kaneva is also a "canvas" for creative people to personally express themselves in an immersive, engaging face-to-face experience. With Kaneva, people can build spaces, decorate homes, design fashion, host their own events and even create their own interconnected 3D experiences.

Prior to founding Kaneva, Klaus founded and served as the chief security advisor of Internet Security Systems Inc. (ISS), a company he created in 1994 and sold to IBM in 2006. A former student at Georgia Institute of Technology, Klaus 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. 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, Klaus 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 giving back, Klaus 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.

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