Federico Pistono

Guest Speaker

Founder and CEO

Areas of Expertise

Future of Work  •  Blockchain

About Federico

Federico Pistono is an Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and Educator. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Verona, and he’s a graduate of Singularity University, NASA Ames Research Park.

He runs 10x Invest Club, a syndicate for investing in early stage companies, and has funded over 20 startups, including artificial intelligence companies, medical devices, nutraceutical products, and financial services. He invested in Bitcoin in 2011, and in 2014 he was one of the first investors in Ethereum in the world outside of the founding team.

He is former Head of Blockchain at Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, the first supersonic travel on land in history. Federico is Futurist and Technology Expert in the program “Codice: la vita è digitale” (Code: Life is Digital), which airs on RAI1, the major national TV channel in Italy. He’s the creator and head teacher at Mavericks, a school for Entrepreneurs and Investors, with over 1,000 alumni.

At 31 years old, Federico became the youngest member of Italian Angels for Growth, the largest Angel Investor group in Italy. He co-founded four companies in the fields of e-learning, media production, wireless communication, nutraceutical products, and has consulted on technology and innovation for governments and Fortune 500 companies, including Lufthansa, Google and Accenture.

He’s author of three books: “Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That’s OK: How to Survive the Economic Collapse and be Happy”, which became an international success, published in six languages; the sci-fi novel “A Tale of Two Futures”; and “Startup Zero.0”, a book on innovation written in Italian.

His work has been cited and utilized by major economic institutions, universities, and think tanks, including the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Italian Government, Google EU Public Policy and the European Commission.

Federico lectured in over 30 countries on Exponential Technologies and their impact on the economy and society at universities, Fortune 500 companies, conferences and symposia; including the University of San Paolo, Qualcomm, Telenor, Allianz, the University of Oslo, the International Education and Resource Network Summit, TEDxVienna, and Singularity University. He has been featured on the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Vice Magazine, The Huffington Post, Folha de S. Paulo, Canale 5 and Rai 1 (Italian National TV); while he wrote for New Scientist, CNBC, WIRED, the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, the Corriere della Sera, and Forbes Magazine.

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