Crowdsourcing • Entrepreneurship
Kian Gohar is founding Executive Director of the Innovation Partnership Program (IPP), a joint offering of XPRIZE and Singularity University. IPP is an innovation ecosystem for Fortune 500 senior executives to learn about disruptive technologies and business models.
Kian is a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of innovation experience spanning venture capital, academia and start-ups in the US, Europe and China.
Previously, Kian was Chief Operating Officer of Pure Action Sports – a disruptive ecommerce platform for action sporting goods equipment. Early in his career, he was a venture capitalist in Europe and China investing in early stage digital media technology companies.
Kian is passionate about education, social entrepreneurship and international affairs. He was a Luce Scholar in Shanghai, where he spent two years as a visiting professor at CEIBS, China’s leading business school, and started China’s first academic program in social entrepreneurship. He has also taught entrepreneurship and leadership to at-risk inner city youth in East LA, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Kian speaks five languages and is a graduate of Northwestern University, the London School of Economics, and Harvard Business School.
One of the most significant implications of connectivity is the rise of the “crowd economy.” Work, insights, experience and money can all be aggregated and matched in an environment of increasingly distributed global work. This keynote explores crowdsourcing and the sharing economy, and suggests open innovation tools that corporations can use to scale faster, cheaper, and more creatively by harnessing the power of the crowds.