This is a place to help you learn a little more about who I am.

Kris Potrafka

Here's what I'm currently focused on:

Leading the HR Business Partner activities for HW Engineering and Automotive business at NXP Semiconductors

Executive Coaching

Modernizing the live music booking experience with the design and launch of a live music booking app


Producing a weekly live-streaming podcast/vodcast promoting Austin musicians

Launching a new leadership podcast

Music Firsthand live music booking app I designed and launched.

The weekly live streaming show called 'Comedians Interviewing Musicians' I created and have produced nearly 200 episodes.



Kris Potrafka, Claudia Kulaga, Macha

Currently living in Austin, Texas with my wife, Claudia and our wonderful Weimaraner, Macha. We fully embraced the Austin lifestyle upon moving here in early 2012. Live music and enjoying the outdoors consumes our free time. Our home is a frequent gathering place for musicians either through our weekly live streaming show or regular house concerts. We're fortunate to be in a wonderful city surrounded by great music and great friends.  

recent executive roles
Music Firsthand

Successfully launched an app that easily matches musicians with hosts for live performances. Created the vision and design, secured seed stage funding, built and executed a marketing strategy, and led sales leading to early-stage paying customers.

January 2016 - Current

Founder and CEO

Music Firsthand


HR Business Partner to three c-level execs representing over $2 billion in revenue and more than 5,000 global employees. Responsible for the strategy and delivery of all HR programs, including talent management, recruiting, performance management, organizational development, and training.

December 2013 - December 2015

VP, HR Business Partner

Advanced Micro Devices


January 2012 - December 2013

Business operations role with a focus on the design and execution of key business initiatives, processes, communications, and change management. Chief of Staff to the CEO.

SVP, Strategy and Planning



Internal Operations

Chief-of-Staff expertise in managing internal business operations, facilitating meetings, and oversight of cross-functional projects. Known for bringing creative solutions, on-time delivery, and buy-in from all stakeholders.


Executing and seeing the results from internal processes that enable sales and marketing.



Organization Development & Human Resources

Designing and building organizations that learn and adapt. Global company experience designing and managing complex changes involving the organization's strategy, structure, skills, process, and culture. 


The organization components working together as a unified system is a thing of beauty.

Communication and Change

Employee communication and change management is a specialty. These functions have reported to me and I've designed global change programs to drive adoption of controversial programs.


I love change so much I did a quantitative research dissertation on how teams build trust and stay on the same page to improve performance.

Business Management

Solely designed, launched, and incorporated a music-tech start-up business that has achieved initial seed funding, shareholders, paying customers, and social media traction.


I've learned the hard way on how to bootstrap and build a business from scratch.


Fielding Graduate University


Ph.D. Organizational Development and Change Management

M.A. Organizational Development and Change Management

Evidence-Based Coaching Certificate: International Coaching Certified

Quantitative Dissertation: The Impact of Trust and Team Mental Models on Team Performance

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Masters in Human Resources and Industrial Relations

Ball State University


M.A. Psychology

Eastern Illinois University


B.A. Communications

Major: Rhetoric and Public Address

Minor: Psychology