New Tech: Big and Bold Ideas with Impact for the Business World


Wikipedia Founder and leading technology futurist, 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.  

"Changing the world starts with one discussion at a time."  - Jimmy Wales

Mr. Wales' latest venture is a charitable social network called, designed to make it simple for people to donate to charity. The network is supported by The People's Operator, a mobile network that donates 10 percent of users' mobile phone bills to social causes of their choice and meaningfully connects a community of change makers. Read more >>

One of the legendary economists of his generation, Larry Summers is a distinguished voice 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.

Dr. Summers recently joined Digital Currency Group, an investment firm focused on bitcoin and blockchain startups, as a Senior Advisor. 

“The notion that there’s going to be a lot of innovation and experimentation around how those frictional costs can be taken out [of the system] feels like a very important kind of idea.” - Larry Summers

Watch a video of Dr. Summers discussing the future of digital currency or read FORTUNE's feature of Dr. Summers at Consensus 2016, a financial technology event >>

Phil Libin is the Co-Founder and former CEO Evernote, the global productivity tool , which created an epic transformation in workflow and has redefined the way individuals and teams work today. Phil is a Managing Director at General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital firm with $3B under management. A sought-after leader on innovation, Mr. 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 Phil Libin says he's found the most exciting thing in tech since the iPhone!  Mr. 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 Phil Libin's vision for chat bots  >>

 Dr. J. Craig Venter 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 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." His research has wide ranging implications for many industrial applications, from medicine to biochemicals, biofuels, nutrition and agriculture. NPR's All Things Considered reports and examines the possibilities of Venter's groundbreaking work >>


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