About

Speaking at the State Dept


Short Bio

Salim Ismail is a sought-after speaker, strategist and entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. He travels extensively addressing topics including breakthrough technologies and their impact on a variety of industries and society in general.

Salim has spent the last six years building Singularity University as its founding Executive Director and current Global Ambassador.  SU is based at NASA Ames and is training a new generation of leaders to manage exponentially growing technologies. Before that, as a Vice President at Yahoo, he built and ran Brickhouse, Yahoo’s internal incubator. His last company, Angstro, was sold to Google in August 2010. He has founded or operated seven early-stage companies including PubSub Concepts, which laid some of the foundation for the real-time web.

He has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fortune, Wired and the BBC. He advises Fortune 500 executives and many world governments on the future of technology and is currently writing a book titled “Exponential Organizations”.

Long Bio

Salim is the founding Executive Director of Singularity University and spent the last six years building out this unique organization.  For the last year, he’s served at its Global Ambassador and has created relationships in over a dozen countries.  SU is based at NASA Ames and is training a new generation of leaders to manage exponentially growing technologies.

In 2007-2008, Salim was a Vice President at Yahoo, where he launched and ran Brickhouse, Yahoo’s internal incubator. His team analyzed over 3000 ideas around the company and launched four major products during his tenure.  His last company, Angstro, was sold to Google in August 2010. In all, Salim has founded or operated seven early-stage companies including PubSub Concepts, which laid down some of the foundational technology for the real-time web which he co-founded and grew to a $15m valuation.

After building and operating two other early-stage companies, in 2002 Salim founded the New York Grant Company as a response to 9/11. In its first year, NYGC attracted over 400 clients and delivered over $12 million of federal grants to the local economy. The company was built solely on cashflow and received innumerable accolades.

In 2001, Salim was presented with a New York City Award of Recognition by the Giuliani Administration, and in 2003 was nominated by Crain’s Magazine to their list of New York City’s “Top 40 under 40″ businesspeople. He frequently presents and speaks at conferences on the future of the internet, digital media, entrepreneurship and and private equity.

He started his career as a software engineer with CSC Europe and then joined ITIM Associates, a boutique consulting firm headquartered in London, as a business and technology strategy consultant. For five years, he led business restructuring projects for companies like Philips, NatWest Bank, Europcar, Whitbread, Carlson WagonLit and the UK Home Office. He finished by setting up the firm’s practice in France.

He is passionate about business, entrepreneurship, technology, skiing, wine, tennis and has a side hobby in metaphysics and philosophy.

Salim has traveled extensively, has lived and worked in eight different countries, speaks 2.75 languages and has an honors degree in theoretical physics and computing from the University of Waterloo near Toronto, Canada.