Annn Miura-KoAnn Miura-Ko (@annimaniac) has been called “the most powerful woman in startups” by Forbes and is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Stanford. The child of a rocket scientist at NASA, Ann is a Palo Alto native and has been steeped in technology startups from when she was a teenager. Prior to co-founding FLOODGATE, she worked at Charles River Ventures and McKinsey and Company.

Some of Ann’s investments include Lyft, Ayasdi, Xamarin, Refinery29, JoyRun, TaskRabbit, and Modcloth. Given the success of her investments she was on the 2017 Midas List of top 100 venture capitalists.


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Mike and Euvie from Future Thinkers PodcastEuvie Ivanova (@euvieivanova) and Mike Gilliland (@mikegilliland) are the hosts of the Future Thinkers Podcast, a show about the evolution of technology, society, and consciousness. They co-founded Plovdiv.Digital, an innovation hub and startup incubator for technologies including blockchain, VR and AI and the Cutting Machinery a blog and app about meditation and consciousness.

Euvie and Mike are also very bullish on blockchain and run the Crypto Radio Show and, the first decentralized platform that connects crypto investment syndicates to the best early stage blockchain startups.

A self-described “consciousness explorer”, “artist” and “digital nomad”, Euvie is on a mission to investigate technology, society and consciousness in ways that promote successful adaption to the future.

“We want to be active participants in building the kind of future where all of us get to work less, learn more, play more, explore more, express ourselves more…in a way that is sustainable for the rest of humanity and our planet” – Euvie Ivanova


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Dirk Helbing

Prof. Dirk Helbing (@dirkhelbing) is Chair of Sociology, in particular of Modeling and Simulation, in ETH Zurich, and the Scientific Coordinator of the FuturICT Flagship Proposal. He is also the Principal Investigator on FutureICT Knowledge Accelerator and Crisis Relief System, a big data computing system, conceived as sort of a crystal ball of the world.

The core of the system is the Living Earth Simulator, a computing machine attempting “to model global-scale systems — economies, governments, cultural trends, epidemics, agriculture, technological developments, and more — using torrential data streams, sophisticated algorithms, and as much hardware as it takes”. The project currently competing for funding from the European Commission of € 1 billion.

He is known for the social force model, in particular its application to self-organising phenomena in pedestrian crowds. Besides the slower-is-faster effect, he introduced the freezing-by-heating effect and the phase diagram of congested traffic states. Helbing also proposed a microscopic foundation of evolutionary game theory and has studied self-organized behavioral conventions. Recent work applies principles of collective intelligence and self-organized control to the optimization of urban and freeway traffic. His current research activities focus on norms and conflict, the role of success-driven motion for the establishment of cooperation among selfish individuals, the science of science, socio-inspired technology and techno-social systems, disaster spreading and crisis management.

Building a Crystal Ball of the World, Unseating Capitalism and Creating a New World Order

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kyle samani - crypto vc hedge fund managerKyle Samani (@kylesamani) is cofounder and Managing Partner of Multicoin Capital, a venture capital-esque crypto hedge fund with at least $250M in assets under management (AUM). Prior to starting Multicoin Capital, Kyle ran (a Google Glass company for surgeons) as CEO, raising $5M and ultimately being acquired.

Kyle’s writing and thought leadership has built him up as someone to follow in the ever evolving industry in addition to a strong focus on technology, entrepreneurship, sales and marketin and finance.



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