About Speaker Byron Reese…
Byron Reese is an accomplished high-tech trailblazer, author, inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and eternal optimist. “The new challenge for humanity will not be how to chip away at the old problems,” says Byron, “but what to do in a world where we can do anything.”
Byron Reese uses his wide knowledge of technical data to illuminate how the technology of today can solve some of our most daunting global challenges. He speaks with the unrivaled authority of a futurist pioneer and the wisdom of a life-long historian. His most recent book, “Infinite Progress: How the Internet and Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Poverty, Hunger, and War” has been called “a prophetic book”, “an essential road map”, and “an antidote to the harmful gloom and moralizing that pervades most discussions of the future”.
Bloomberg Businessweek describes Byron as having ‘quietly pioneered a new breed of media company’, and the Financial Times acknowledges him as one of the ‘new wave of internet entrepreneurs out to turn the economics of the media industry on its head’. Even Business Insider calls him an ‘awesome guy’.
He started his first business as an undergraduate at Rice University. He later founded and sold two companies: Hot Data, ultimately to Pitney Bowes; and PageWise, the parent company of ExpertVillage.com, to Demand Media. Reese currently serves as chief innovation officer for Demand Media (NYSE: DMD), overseeing research and development. The company holds and has filed numerous patents on Reese’s work in disciplines including crowdsourcing, content creation, and psychographics.
In his speeches, Byron shares his childhood dreams and vision for solving many of our worst global issues, and challenges us to consider the excuses we conjure to explain why others are achieving what we aren’t. Byron Reese leaves audiences and readers with an infectious sense of possibility and wonder.