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Nova Spivack is a technology futurist, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and one of the leading voices on the next-generation of search, AI, big data, and the Web.

Nova has founded numerous startups, resulting in multiple IPO’s and acquisitions amounting to several billion dollars of combined market capitalization and investor returns.

He was recently ranked in the top 20 futurists based on an analysis of social and Web influence.

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.

He is a frequent speaker and blogger, and writes guest-articles for publications such as TechCrunchMashableGigaOM, and SiliconAngle. Nova was named to Re/Code’s List of LA Power Players in Tech

In 1994, Nova co-founded one of the first Web startups, EarthWeb, which led to a record-breaking IPO in 1998, and a second IPO of spinout, DICE.com, in 2007.

He then worked with Stanford Research International (SRI), to co-found their startup incubator, nVention, with SRI Ventures, and participated in the DARPA CALO program one of the largest artificial intelligence projects in US history (which originated and spun out the technology that became Siri, which was later acquired by Apple).

Following CALO, he co-founded Radar Networks, which produced Twine (Acquired by EVRI, which was then acquired by Facebook), one of the first consumer applications of the Semantic Web.

Nova was also the co-founder and CEO of Bottlenose, which applies artificial intelligence to business intelligence and was recognized as a Gartner Cool Vendor in In-Memory Computing in 2016.

He has helped to incubate several other startups including Klout (acquired by Lithium), The Daily Dot, Next IT, Live Matrix (acquired by OVGuide, which was then acquired by FilmOn), Fuzionaire in partnership with Caltech (stealth mode), and many others. Spivack is also an advisor to early-stage venture funds in the areas of emerging Internet technology and clean energy, including EES Ventures.

Nova is also founder and chairman of the Arch Mission Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving humanity’s most important knowledge in space. The Arch Mission is working to foster innovation on new storage technologies, including next-generation optical storage and DNA-based storage, suitable for big data in space.

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

In 2014 he was named to the the Data Creativity Awards Board at I-COM, the Global Forum for Marketing Data and Measurement.

Nova earned his BA in Philosophy from Oberlin College in 1991, with a focus on the philosophy of mind and artificial intelligence.

In 1992, he attended the International Space University, a NASA-funded graduate-level professional school for the space industry, where he studied space life sciences. Nova also participated in supercomputing research at the MIT Computer Science lab on simulations of physics and biology using cellular automata machines.

You can find Nova’s writings on Twitter at @novaspivack and via his personal website, novaspivack.com

Additional details and history related to Nova Spivack can be found on his Bio Page, and his Wikipedia page and at LinkedIn

Fun Facts

Nova is the eldest grandson of the late management guru, Peter Drucker.

In 1999, Nova became one of the early “space tourists” when he flew to the edge of space with the Russian Air Force and did zero-gravity flight training with the Russian Space Agency, as one of the early pioneers of space tourism. This led to his angel investment in Zero Gravity Corporation, which was acquired by Space Adventures, the leading space tourism company.

Nova speaks internationally and advises governments and corporations on product strategy and the future of the Web. He has co-authored books on Internet strategy and collective intelligence, and has authored hundreds of articles about the Web.

During the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, while in high-school and college, Nova worked as a software engineer and product marketer with artificial intelligence and supercomputing ventures including Xerox Kurzweil,  Thinking Machines, and Individual Inc.

Nova has been a student of Buddhism for over 20 years and has pursued this interest extensively in Buddhist monasteries and completed numerous meditation retreats in Asia and the USA. In 2015 he was authorized to teach Buddhist meditation and philosophy and currently mentors fellow students on a one-on-one basis.

While a student at Oberlin College, as well as studying philosophy of mind, artificial intelligence, and computer science, Nova did a winter term internship as a production assistant at Paramount Studios, working on Star Trek, The Next Generation.

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.

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. In addition, Nova has also advised government agencies, including the White House, on the near-term and long-term future of the Web and national security issues.

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

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