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“The best way to the predict the future is to create it”  — Peter F. Drucker

 

 

 

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Nova Spivack, Founder & CEO, Magical.

Nova Spivack is Founder & CEO of Magical Technologies (www.magicalcorp.com), a science and technology venture studio based in Los Angeles. He works as a “venture producer” — combining his experience as a serial entrepreneur, investor and technologist, to fund and incubate breakthrough companies.

In his 25 year career in technology, he has helped to build dozens of ventures, and authored more than 30 patents, collectively generating billions of dollars in market value, including multiple IPOs, and acquisitions by Apple, Facebook, Samsung, Disney, and others.

Nova is ranked among the Top 20 Futurists worldwide and as a Top LA Power Player in Technology. In 1994, Nova co-founded one of the first Internet companies, EarthWeb, in the USA, which led to a record-breaking NASDAQ IPO in 1998, and a second IPO of spinout, DICE, in 2007. After EarthWeb he worked with Stanford Research International (SRI), to co-found their technology incubator, nVention (now, SRI Ventures). While working with SRI, he also worked on the DARPA CALO program which led to the development of SIRI, the intelligent iPhone assistant (sold to Apple).

He flew to the edge of space in 1999 and zero-gravity training with the Russian space agency. He is a patron of the Commercial SpaceFlight Federation, an early space angel investor in Zero Gravity Corporation (acquired by Space Adventures), and is the co-founder and Chairman of the Arch Mission Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation working to build million year data archives in space.

Nova earned degrees from The International Space University and Oberlin College. He has advised governments, presidential campaigns, global corporations, consumer brands, venture funds, and tech startups. His grandfather was the management guru, Peter Drucker.

Additional bio details can be found on his blog Bio Page, and his Wikipedia page and on LinkedIn

Further Details

Nova has advised several venture funds and family offices; including EES Ventures.

He co-founded Fuzionaire (a breakthrough chemistry venture founded out of Caltech) and Fuzionaire Diagnostics (a spinout of Fuzionaire that makes cancer biomarkers for medical imaging).

Nova also serves on the board of directors of the Common Crawl Foundation, a 5+ billion page, free and open search index of the Web.

Nova co-founded Bottlenose , an artificial intelligence and big data analytics company that was named a Gartner Cool Vendor for In-Memory Computing in 2016. He Co-founded The Daily Dot, and was the first investor in Klout (sold to Lithium). He Co-Founded Radar Networks (acquired by Evri) and Live Matrix (acquired by OVGuide, which was then acquired by FilmOn).

Nova attended college early and studied Philosophy at Oberlin College in 1991, with a focus on artificial intelligence and cognitive science.

Also during college, Nova interned production assistant at Paramount Studios, working on Star Trek, The Next Generation.

Nova received a graduate professional degree in Space Life Sciences at The International Space University, and participated in summer research on cellular automata at MIT.

During the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, while in high-school and college, Nova worked as a software engineer and in technical marketing at legendary artificial intelligence and supercomputing ventures including Xerox KurzweilThinking Machines, and Individual.

Media & Press

Nova has authored hundreds of articles and co-authored several books on Internet strategy and technology, and led the EarthWeb Press publishing imprint with Macmillan Computer Publishing.

Nova has been featured, cited, and has contributed guest articles in numerous media outlets such as: AdWeek, Atlantic Monthly, BusinessWeek, Business 2.0, The BBC, CBS Evening News, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, CNBC, CNET, CNN, Der Spiegel, the Discovery Channel, Download Squad, the Economist, Entrepreneur, the Financial Times, Gartner, GigaOm, the Guardian, Guidewire, Industry Standard, Infoworld, Information Week, Interactive Age, International Herald Tribune, the L.A. Times, Mashable, the MIT Technology Review, the New Scientist, Newsweek, the New York Times, NPR, the Observer UK, PC Magazine, PC World, ReadWriteWeb, Red Herring, Reuters, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, SiliconAngle, TechCrunch,  the Times Online, Venturebeat, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, WIRED and ZDNet

Invited Talks

Nova has keynoted, given talks, moderated, and served as a judge at numerous conferences and industry events, including (partial list, in alphabetical order): AI Showbiz, The Aspen Institute, BlogTalk, Defrag, DEMO, DigitalNow, the Financial Times Digital Media Conference, Future in Review, GigaOm’s Bunker sessions, The Highlands Forum, the International Semantic Web Conference, the Island Forum, the Kleiner Perkins CIO Strategy Exchange, MIT’s Emtech, NextWeb, SDForum, the Semantic Technology Conference, the Singularity Summit, Search Engine Strategies, SIBOS, Stanford/MIT’s VLAB, Supernova, SXSW, TTI Vanguard, The US Dept. of State, The Web 2.0 Summit, The White House and numerous government agencies, NGOs, and industry councils.

Nova has also given guest lectures and keynotes for the MBA programs at Harvard University, Stanford University and Berkeley, as well as to several business schools in Europe.

Selected Patents

Nova has authored nearly 100 granted and pending patents in areas including artificial intelligence and machine learning, search, advertising, social media, mobile apps, the semantic web, augmented reality and virtual reality, interactive TV, and personalization. In the mid 1990’s Nova co-authored a series of patents for early Web-TV convergence for a product called HyperTV, owned by ACTV. The patents covered simulcasting URLs and metadata on the television vertical blanking interval (VBI) in order to display relevant Web pages next to live television content on suitably instrumented TV’s and PCs. The patents were later sold to Disney. In the early 2000’s, for a new venture, Nova developed a portfolio of original granted and pending patents which are now among the most fundamental and early patents in this area of technology. He also has developed and sold many patented inventions in the areas of artificial intelligence, virtual intelligent assistants, search, and the Semantic Web.

Partial List of Published Patents:

  1. Machine-based content analysis and user perception tracking of microcontent messages
  2. System and method for revealing correlations between data streams 1
  3. System and method for revealing correlations between data streams 2
  4. Natural language processing optimized for micro content 1
  5. Natural language processing optimized for micro content  2
  6. Discovering and ranking trending links about topics 1
  7. Discovering and ranking trending links about topics 2
  8. Semantic web portal and platform
  9. Methods and systems for semantically managing offers and requests over a network
  10. System and method for providing distributed intelligent assistance
  11. Generating user-customized search results and building a semantics-enhanced search engine
  12. Search and search optimization using a pattern of a location identifier
  13. Semantically representing a target entity using a semantic object
  14. Automatic mapping of a location identifier pattern of an object to a semantic type using object metadata
  15. System and method for control of a simulated object that is associated with a physical location in the real world environment
  16. System and method of simulated objects and applications thereof
  17. Methods and systems for creating a semantic object
  18. Semantic web portal and platform
  19. Methods and systems for semantically managing offers and requests over a network
  20. System and method of a knowledge management and networking environment 1
  21. System and method of a knowledge management and networking environment 2
  22. Harvesting data from page
  23. Semantic web portal and platform
  24. Enhanced video programming system and method for incorporating and displaying retrieved integrated Internet information segments
  25. Method and system for managing and tracking semantic objects
  26. Methods and systems for managing entities in a computing device using semantic objects
  27. Methods and systems for managing offers and requests in a network
  28. Enhanced video programming system and method for incorporating and displaying retrieved integrated Internet information segments 1
  29. Enhanced video programming system and method for incorporating and displaying retrieved integrated internet information segments 2
  30. Enhanced video programming system and method for incorporating and displaying retrieved integrated internet information segments 3
  31. Enhanced video programming system and method for incorporating and displaying retrieved integrated internet information segments 4
  32. Method, medium, and system for facilitating electronic commercial transactions in an augmented reality environment