New Tech Business Opportunities

Crowd sourcing, artificial intelligence, robotics and advancements in med-tech are in the market, but can anyone make any money with new technologies?  What are the new applications of 'old' technologies that are having an impact in the business world? These Harry Walker Agency Speakers are taking big bets on new tech. 


Jimmy Wales

Leading Technology Futurist and Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales is one of the most sought after visionaries in business and technology. Named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People," Jimmy Wales was also acknowledged by the World Economic Forum for his contributions to shaping the future of the world.  


Jimmy Wales launches TPO, a mobile network that donates 10% of the monthly bill to a charity of the consumer’s choice and meaningfully connects a community of change makers.

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Lawrence Summers

An expert on domestic economics and a leading authority on international finance, Larry Summers is one of the most distinguished voices on issues ranging from the global economy to education to the role of the United States in the world. Prior to serving in the Obama Administration as Director of the White House National Economic Council, Dr. Summers was Secretary of the Treasury during the Clinton Administration, President of Harvard University, and Chief Economist of the World Bank.


Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers joins Digital Currency Group and bitcoin as a Senior Advisor 

“We have seen so little innovation cumulatively directed at taking the frictional costs out of the system,” Mr. Summers said. “The notion that there’s going to be a lot of innovation and experimentation around how those frictional costs can be taken out feels like a very important kind of idea.” 

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Al Gore

Al Gore was referred to by Time magazine as “a businessman who is out to change the world.”  Consistently an active leader in technology, Al Gore is a member of the Board of Directors of Apple and a Senior Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Silicon Valley’s preeminent venture firm. In addition, he is Chairman of Generation Investment Management, an asset-management company incorporating sustainability values into the financial-services world. 




Al Gore invests in big, bold tech ideas as a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Silicon Valley’s preeminent tech venture investors

KPCB partners with entrepreneurs to bring capital and expertise in tech, management and operations, bringing hundreds of world changing ideas to market.  Al Gore and KPCB have brought to life today’s most exciting and profitable tech solutions in many industries including life sciences & healthcare, sustainability, green growth, and consumer and enterprise digital solutions.

Read more about Al Gore’s latest tech investments with KPCB >>


Phil Libin

Phil Libin is a Managing Director at General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital firm with $3B under management. Phil is also the Co-Founder and former CEO of the global productivity tool Evernote, which created an epic transformation in workflow and has redefined the way individuals and teams work today. A sought-after leader on innovation, Libin provides audiences with an engaging look at what it takes to reinvent productivity at global scale.  His investment focus is generally on using technology to enhance humanity, productivity, and business globally.


Evernote founder says he's found the most exciting thing in tech since the iPhone

Libin explains how chat bots that interact intelligently with people as they use apps, providing useful information before they even know they want it, are changing the way Facebook, Google, Apple and lots of other startups are changing the way messaging works.

Read more about Libin's vision for and investment in chat bots  >>





Craig Venter

Few speakers are able to answer, "What is the meaning of life?" more than just rhetorically, but J. Craig Venter helps his audiences understand the meaning at it's scientific essence. He is regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his numerous invaluable contributions to genomic research and the study of life, and through his studies he has become a teacher and policy advisor on health, longevity and the environment.   He is co-founder and chief executive of Human Longevity Inc. and a scientist of human existence—from sequencing the human genome to actually creating synthetic life.


Pioneering Genomics Entrepreneur J. Craig Venter Creates Novel Artificial Cell, Species

Pioneering genomics researcher and entrepreneur J. Craig Venter and his team of scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute have "created a synthetic cell that contains the smallest genome of any known, independent organism."  NPR's All Things Considered reports and examines the possibilities of Venter's groundbreaking work.

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