Networking with the Networkers
David Roberts is regarded as one of the world’s top experts on disruptive innovation and exponentially advancing technology. His passion is to help transform the lives of a billion suffering people in the world through disruptive innovation. David served as Vice President of Singularity University and two-time Director (and alum) of the Global Solutions Program. He is an award winning CEO and serial entrepreneur, and has started ventures backed with over $100 million of investment from Kleiner Perkins, Vinod Khosla, Cisco, Oracle, Accenture, In-Q-Tel, and others. He is the recipient of numerous awards and medals and has led the development of some of the most complex, state-of-the art systems ever built, to include satellites, drones, and fusion centers. He also worked as an Investment Banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Goldman Sachs Headquarters. He received his B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from M.I.T. was a Distinguished Graduate, and majored in Artificial Intelligence and Bio-Computer Engineering. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. David is Chairman at HaloDrop, a revolutionary global drone services company, Chairman at 1QBit the world’s first software company for quantum computers, and is a formal adviser to Made-In-Space, responsible for manufacturing the first object in Space with a 3D printer on the Space Station. Harvard, Stanford, and Berkeley’s Business schools have all written and taught case studies on David’s leadership, management, and decision making. He has been featured on the cover of the Wall Street Journal, and in USA Today, Fortune Magazine, The New York Times, Business Week, CNN, and dozens of others. His startups have received many awards to include Internet World’s Net Rising Stars, Red Herring’s Catch, top 50 Private Companies in the World, Red Herring Top 100 Private Companies in the World, USA Today’s Tech Reviews Best Picks, Internet Outlook’s Investors Choice Award, Enterprise Outlook Investors Choice, Best of the Web from PC World, and Apple Computer’s Premier Systems Integrator Award. His fascination with technology began In fourth grade after building a hovering electric drone, to carry his younger sister to the bus stop, powered by what was formerly his mother’s vacuum cleaner, and fortunately limited by the length of an electric power cord. This episode initially aired on Pensive in 2016. Link to episode.
Salim Ismail is a sought after speaker, strategist and entrepreneur – his last company, Angstro, was acquired by Google in August 2010. Salim spent two years as SU’s founding Executive Director and currently serves as its Global Ambassador focusing on its global presence. Prior to that, Salim was a Vice President at Yahoo and the Head of Brickhouse, Yahoo’s internal ‘ideas factory’ where game-changing ideas were brought in, built and launched. He is also the author of Exponential Organizations, which is required reading at the world’s top organizations. Salim consults on innovation & growth and believes, “if you aren’t disrupting your business or industry, someone else is”. In this episode, Salim shares his technological and philosophical insights on how we can move the world forward. This episode initially aired on Pensive in 2016. Link to episode.
Originally aired on Pensive in 2016. Doug Carmichael is a strategy consultant at the Institute for New Economic Thinking amongst many other things. Carmichael studied physics at Caltech, got a PhD from Berkeley in human development, a post doc of Harvard’s Center for Cognitive Studies and lived in Mexico City while studying at Eric Fromm’s Institute for psychoanalysis. He consulted the White House and ran the network for Al Gore’s Reinventing government. For the last ten years he has focused on the broad social science issues relevant to rethinking humanity’s relationship to nature. He also created the Stanford Strategy Studio and is most interested in the relationship between the humanities and economics. Link to episode.
Originally aired in 2016 on Pensive podcast and featured as it was one of the top episodes of that podcast. Tom Ding is CEO and Co-founder of String Labs, a venture-backed crypto studio & investor headquartered in Palo Alto. String is the incubator and lead contributor to DFINITY decentralized cloud computing, backed with $25M+ funding from DFINITY foundation. String is a partner of world leading organizations such as BCG DVolution and a founding member of Enterprise Ethereum Alliance. Tom completed his B.E. degree from Fudan University at age 14 and MBA degree from China Europe International Business School at age 18. Link to episode.
Originally aired in 2015 on Pensive podcast. At a small café in Nolita in the heart of New York, the entrepreneur and investor talks about his entrepreneurial journey and his goal of rewriting the operating systems of life. Bryan Johnson made a decision at age 21 and never looked back. He told his family and friends that he would start a company and retire by age 30. In 2013, he sold his company Braintree, an online and mobile payments provider, to eBay for $800 million in cash. One year later, he dedicated $100 million of his own capital to invest in entrepreneurs working toward quantum-leap discoveries that promise to rewrite the operating systems of life. That marked the beginning of the OS Fund. Since then, Johnson has been meeting with and investing in visionary scientists and entrepreneurs working on some of humanity’s greatest opportunities and challenges. Johnson is also an adventurer. He has climbed some of the highest peaks in the world, raced in the African desert, explored an active volcano and built a snow cave in the Arctic. He is a pilot, the father of three and a children’s book author. Link to episode.