Rob Nail


Global Ambassador and Associate Founder

Areas of Expertise

Exponentials  •  Robotics  •  Artificial Intelligence  •  Exponential Organizations

About Rob

Rob is the Global Ambassador and Associate Founder of Singularity University. He brings a unique entrepreneurial and globally-focused approach to growing a non-traditional university as a platform to create a future of abundance where exponential technologies empower us to solve the global grand challenges.

Prior to Singularity, he co-founded Velocity11 in 1999, building automation equipment and robotics for cancer research and drug discovery. After being acquired by Agilent Technologies in 2007, he traded the CEO role for a General Manager role attempting to be a catalyst for change at a big company. He gave up in 2009 to go surfing, then found his true calling and biggest challenge yet with Singularity University. He was recently a director at Harman (HAR), on technology and audit committees. He helped Harman explore options for long-term growth in a rapidly changing automobile industry, ultimately resulting in an ~$8 billion acquisition by Samsung. As their largest acquisition in history, it brings Samsung directly into the automobile and autonomous car market.

Rob is currently on the board of Light & Motion, is a co-founder and director of Alite Designs, is an active angel investor and advisor, and holds degrees in Mechanical, Materials Science, and Manufacturing Engineering from UC Davis and Stanford University.

Building a Global Community | Rob Nail | SU Global Summit

AI Overview with Sophia

SU Global Summit 2019 | State of the Union | Rob Nail

Speaking Topics

  • Leading in the Age of Disruption

    CEOs today must be the masters of many domains. It’s no longer enough to just know one thing – you need to be a futurist, technologist, innovator, and humanitarian. In this talk, AssociateFounder, Faculty and Global Ambassador of Singularity University, Rob Nail shares a case study on a traditional company navigating an exponential future.

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