Meet Chris Denson

Chris Denson is an award-winning innovator, marketer, recovering comedian, and host of the Innovation Crush podcast, with over 750,000 subscribers around the world. Having been a guest speaker, curator, and attendee at 100’s of industry events, Chris is an expert at uncovering the best thinking and commonalities across a diverse array of cultures. Applying his expertise to the likes of the White House, Art Basel Miami, and Omnicom Media Group, his work has been featured in Adweek, Forbes, the New York Times, and Inc, to name a few. He is also the author of the Amazon #1 bestselling book, “Crushing the Box: 10 Essential Rules for Breaking Essential Rules,” a series of personal and professional examinations of what it takes to be an innovator.

As an industry taste-maker, Chris has worked from London to Africa to Argentina. He recently served as Director of Omnicom Media Group’s Ignition Factory, the key group responsible for emerging innovations across media, technology, and culture for Fortune 50 clients including Warner Bros, Wells Fargo, The CW, Hilton, and Asics to name a few. Prior to his work at Omnicom, Chris worked in front of – and behind the camera for Paramount, BET, Playboy Television, The American Film Institute, New York Film Academy and more.

With over 200 episodes, Innovation Crush has featured inspiring individuals and organizations ranging from Alexis Ohanian and Nolan Bushnell to Cindy Gallop, WeWork CEO Miguel McKelvey, Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, Arcade Fire’s Marika Anthony Shaw, Bassem Youssef, OkGo’s Damian Kulash, NASA, DJ Skee, Orlando Jones, Jean Case, Adidas, NBA’s Matt Barnes, Spotify, L’Oreal’s Connected Beauty Incubator, and 100s of others. Additionally, the show has been featured programming on Delta Airlines, and parts of live events around the world.

He is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a degree in packaging engineering.


  • Google Launchpad — Mentor
  • SXSW Accelerator — Advisory Board
  • White House — Council of Excellence
  • Shorty Award Winner — 2016
  • National Advertising Festival Award – 2015
  • Pluto TV — Advisory Board
  • GALA (LA’s First Girl’s S.T.E.M. School) — Board Member
  • Judge/Host — Los Angeles Mayor’s Cup


  • Adweek — “Meet the Top 12 Creative Executives in Media”
  • NY Times — “Film on Lost Boys of Sudan Uses Keys to Stand Out”
  • Forbes — “Why Adding Constraints Increases Innovation”
  • Breakout — ”Creativity Creator”
  • Playboy Radio — Guest
  • Podcast Guest — (Playboy Radio; Blurred Radio; Man School)
  • Business Rockstars — Interviewed by Pat O’Brien
  • Inc. Magazine — Innovate Contributor