Chris Iona

Founder FuturePass, Former VP Engineering Hipages
Chris Iona
Chris Iona is the Founder of Future Pass, and has spent the past 14 years building, leading and scaling some of Australia’s best startups.
This expert is available for in-house training, one-on-one coaching, keynote and talks, consulting and implementation support.


His most recent role was VP of Engineering at Hipages, which saw him grow the team from 5 to 30, transforming the technology stack and tech culture to leverage cloud and modern practices. This led to a significant increase in service availability, deployments and velocity. Prior to that, Chris was an Engineering Director at Bigcommerce, and in that time helped grow the team through fast and strong growth. In 2014, Chris was listed on AIM’s 30–under-30 list for excellence in Management. He regularly presents at CTO Summits and conferences.

2 Reviews
Rob Sharp, Head of Engineering at Digivizer
There were a number of really insightful points that put into context a number things I have read online about growing engineering teams. Chris made these ideas concrete through his own stories and I have confidence that, going forward, we'll be able to successfully grow the current team.

Danny Shaw, Lead Developer at Edrolo
Chris collated and presented his years of experience into a day workshop very well. He also genuinely listened and welcomed hearing of participants personal challenges and tied his responses back to to the theory he was presenting.

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