Building on a successful first year that brought core members of SoundCloud, NASA, Google X, Artsy, Otherlab, and Evernote, Further Future promises a multi-faceted experience, seeking out visionary leaders from emerging and established companies to ignite inspiration in guests hungry for new ideas. Further Future returns this spring with an enlightened group of coveted speakers from Alphabet Inc., iHeartMedia, Facebook, Neuroscience Imaging Center, Women Grow, NeoSensory Inc., and more to discuss the future of web, media, health, life, cannabis, music, technology and communication with more to be announced soon.
Eric Schmidt is the executive chairman of Alphabet Inc. He is responsible for the external matters of all of the holding company's businesses, including Google Inc., advising their CEOs and leadership on business and policy issues.
Eric joined Google in 2001 and helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. He served as Google’s Chief Executive Officer from 2001-2011, and as chairman from 2011-2015. Prior to Google, Eric held leadership roles at Novell and Sun Microsystems, Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
He is the co-author of The New Digital Age and How Google Works, and serves on the boards of the Mayo Clinic and the Broad Institute. He’s a Gulfstream pilot, and his philanthropic efforts through The Schmidt Family Foundation focus on climate change, including support of ocean and marine life studies at sea, as well as education, specifically cutting-edge research and technology in the natural sciences and engineering.
Bob Pittman is Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc., a leading global media, digital and entertainment company which includes iHeartMedia, which has the largest reach of any broadcaster in America and is also a major digital and social platform; and Clear Channel Outdoor, with over 650,000 displays in over 35 countries.
Pittman is the co-founder and programmer who led the team that created MTV. He has been CEO of MTV Networks, AOL Networks, Six Flags Theme Parks, Quantum Media, Century 21 Real Estate, and Time Warner Enterprises, and was COO of America Online, Inc. and AOL Time Warner.
Pittman has been inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame and the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, received AdWeek’s first ‘Media Visionary’ award, was named one of Advertising Age's "50 Pioneers and Visionaries of TV" and "10 Marketers Who Changed American Culture, ” and was recognized as the eighth of Life Magazine’s “50 Most Influential Boomers.” He began his career at 15 as a radio announcer in his native Mississippi.
Amanda Kahlow, founder & CEO of 6sense, is a mission-driven, enterprise SaaS predictive intelligence CEO, committed to creating a different kind of technology start-up. One not only led by a woman, but run with passion, discipline, integrity and accountability. Amanda has dedicated her life to inspiring women and girls to live out their dreams. She is a confident, brave, positive, passionate, spiritual warrior athlete with an abundance of energy, love, empathy and enthusiasm for life, those around her and last but not least, her company 6sense.
Amanda has shattered the Silicon Valley glass ceiling at a time when 6.5% of venture-backed startups have a woman CEO and only 1.3% have a female founder. Amanda knows rejection and never gave up with 60+ VC rejections before raising her first round. 6sense has now raised over $40M and signing 6 and 7 figure deals with the largest and most respected companies in the world including ADP, CBS, Cisco, Dell, Dropbox, HP, IBM, Lenovo, Salesforce and VMware. She was also recognized SF Biz Times 40 Under 40 Tech Entrepreneur, Stevie Awards’ Female Entrepreneur of the Year and a Women 2.0’s Female Founder to Watch.
Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at the UC San Francisco, and the Founding Director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center, Neuroscape Lab and the Gazzaley Lab. His lab explores mechanisms of neuroplasticity and designs, develops and validates new technologies to optimize cognitive abilities via engagement with closed- loop systems using custom-designed video games, neurofeedback and transcranial electrical stimulation. He is also co-founder and Chief Science Advisor of Akili Interactive, a company developing therapeutic video games and Chief Scientist of JAZZ Venture Partners, a venture capital firm investing in experiential technology to improve human performance. He has filed multiple patents based on his research, authored over 100 scientific articles, and delivered over 450 invited presentations around the world. Dr. Gazzaley has received many awards and honors, most recently the 2015 Society for Neuroscience – Science Educator Award
Riccardo Sabatini, Born in 1981 in Italy, BS in quantum physics at Catholic University, research fellow in the Max-Planck-Institut in nanofabrication, MA cum-laude in theoretical physics at University of Trieste, PhD cum-laude in quantum theory of matter at SISSA, post-doc at EPFL in numerical simulation of quantum materials; GPS alumni at NASA, Singularity University.
RS expertise is focused on the application of numerical modeling and data mining on a broad class of problems - discovery of new nano-materials, modeling and forecasting of food commodities markets, computational genomics. He's been the director of FoodCAST, EU research project on food commodity markets forecasting, developing groundbreaking techniques in the field; co-director and faculty member at the Master in Complex Actions; co-founder of the startup incubator The HUB Trieste; board member of several startups in the artificial intelligence field. Today his research is focused on computations genomics and artificial intelligence applied to health.
Keynote speaker in international events and conferences, author in top ranking scientific journals, consultant for several listed companies, inventor of several patents in IT, he's co-funder and advisor of the Quantum ESPRESSO Foundation, a non-profit charity supporting young researchers around the globe to get involved in material science.
Jane West is the Founder of Women Grow, which connects, educates, and empowers the next generation of cannabis industry leaders. She is the CEO of JaneWest.com curating a socially responsible, homegrown family of cannabis brands. Jane also owns Edible Events, an experiential event production company best known building the groundbreaking 2014 Colorado Symphony Orchestra “On a High Note” series.
Building upon twenty years of experiential event production and a MSW Degree in Global and Community Outreach, she is a pioneer of initiatives that promote the positive potential of cannabis for both personal wellness and local community development. She passionately pursues endeavors that enable female-led companies, small business owners and quality cannabis products to flourish in our next great industry
Scott Novich, is Chief Technology Officer at NeoSensory, Inc--a sensory addition wearables company co-founded by him and Dr. David M. Eagleman: his former PhD advisor, acclaimed author, and television presenter of PBS's "The Brain." Scott's PhD work on converting real-time information streams to our preexisting senses forms the basis for NeoSensory's underlying technology. Outside of NeoSensory, Scott assists with organizing arts and music at the hacking conference, DEF CON, along with the conference's BioHacking village. In a former life, he was a musician operating as "Great Scott" on the bass-music label, Muti Music.
Joann McPike is the Founder of THINK Global School, an independent non-profit traveling boarding school that gives students from around the world the opportunity to study in 12 countries during a four-year high school experience. Her vision has created a global learning environment built on the foundation of empathy, diversity, resilience and self-reflection. Joann serves on the Board of Directors for the school and guides the continual success of students from over 20 countries.
In addition to her contributions to 21st century education, Joann is a world-traveling photographer. A compilation of her work was published in 2008 under the title THINK. With THINK, Joann combines provocative imagery and words to reveal that multiple layers of meaning can be found in every moment. In 2010, an outdoor photo display featuring Joann’s art was created to commemorate THINK and the formation of THINK Global School. This display appeared in Stockholm, Sweden and Sydney, Australia.
Educational philanthropy, photography, and experiencing different cultures are three passions in Joann’s life.
Stan Chudnovsky is Head of Product for Messaging at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, Stan was VP of Growth and Global Strategy at PayPal after a company he co-founded, IronPearl, was acquired in 2013. Stan also co-founded several other successful companies including Jiff, NFX, Ooga Labs, and Wonderhill. Before that, Stan built Tickle Inc., one of the first social media companies, and grew it to become one of the largest websites in the world by 2003. Originally from Moscow, Stan got his engineering degrees back in Russia and has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1994.
Simon Westcott LUXE City Guides CEO and Owner grew up in London, but now splits his time between homes in Hong Kong and Melbourne.
Educated at Oxford and in the US, he was Co-Founder of Mr & Mrs Smith Asia Pacific and former global publisher and director of Lonely Planet group where he achieved pivotal success in taking the business online.
Simon’s wanderlust was first stirred as a teenager when he travelled to war-torn Lebanon and trekked through the Peruvian jungle.
When he’s not building a business or reviewing tips and tricks for LUXE guides, Simon is also active in the Arts and politics. He is recent Chairman of contemporary theatre company, Malthouse Theatre, and a past board member of contemporary dance company, Chunky Move and the Castlemaine State Festival. He also sits on the board of advocacy group Get Up! and is an alumnus of the Williamson Community Leadership Program in Victoria.
Simon’s adventures over the past few years have included travelling to Cambodia, Singapore, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Argentina, the United States, Austria, France, Spain, Switzerland and of course the United Kingdom. It’s safe to say, Simon is a man of the world.
Rachna Bhasin is responsible for strategic business and corporate development at Magic Leap. Bhasin most recently served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at SiriusXM Radio, leading the team focused on identifying, developing and executing new business initiatives; and defining and executing the company’s business plans as the world’s leading provider in premium audio entertainment. Bhasin has also served as General Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Personalization with Dell, Inc. and as Vice President of Business Development at EMI Music, North America.
She is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Bhasin serves on the board of both the GRAMMY Foundation and Ryman Hospitality Properties and is a member of the Strategic Advisory Council for Mouse.
The story behind Volker Bertelmann – known best these days as HAUSCHKA – is not necessarily what you’d expect. Although he is one of the most recognizable 21st Century proponents of what is known as prepared piano – one whose sound is altered by the insertion of alien objects between or upon its strings, hammers and dampers – he was barely aware of the champions of such a practice when he first began his experiments. Even John Cage was a largely unfamiliar name that fateful day when he sat in the studio of his friend Adam Fuest and, frustrated by the sounds he was making, starting placing random objects into the instrument.
Our vision is for Further Future attendees to leave not just with new friends, but with new ideas for our future. Meet the gentlemen in charge of curating this year's cutting edge lineup of thought leaders, hand-selected from the worlds of technology, music, entrepreneurship, and more.
Loïc Le Meur is a serial entrepreneur based in San Francisco. He is working on his new startup Leade.rs, a speakers-events marketplace. Previously Loïc co-founded LeWeb, one of the largest European tech events. LeWeb launched in London in addition to Paris and was acquired by Reed Exhibitions in 2012. Loïc has started and sold four companies; Hootsuite acquired social networking app Seesmic. Ublog, one of the first blogging services in Europe, was acquired by Six Apart now Say Media, web hosting company Rapidsite France was acquired by France Telecom and web agency B2L was acquired by BBDO (Omnicom group). Loïc is an active business angel and was an early investor in LinkedIn, Evernote and Lending Club, among many others. He was named one of "Europe's Tech25" by the Wall Street Journal as well as one of the "25 most influential people" on the web by Business Week. Loïc loves paragliding and kite-surfing.
Gary Mueller is an entrepreneur, investor, and explorer. He started ISI Emerging Markets, a global information business that has grown to 350 people in offices across 29 different countries, eventually becoming Chairman and CEO of the combined firm after selling his company to Institutional Investor. He has since been involved in the startup of five additional companies including Further Future. Aside from his business endeavors, Mueller was also a Fulbright Scholar in neurogenetics in Germany and served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard Business School. His passions include exploring cultures across the world, simultaneously thinking about the future of technology and society.