Tim presently serves as a trusted key advisor and mentor in several emerging technology spaces - including Google X, Stakeborg’s web3/crypto investment and education platform; the expert in-residence at 11.2 venture builder studio (mentoring AI & fintech supply chain startups); and a Senior Partner at Monaco Foundry- a first-of-its-kind platform that increases the early success rate of sustainability-focused startups through accreditation and unique web3 support systems. He is also a holder and member of the Onchain Monkey community- a web 3 non-fungible token community focused on building the web3 metaverse.
Past speaking engagemens
Tim is the Founder and CEO of Emerging Transport Advisors, providing investors, companies, and governments with clarity and guidance on how to best position themselves for massive disruptions ahead.
Previously, Tim led key strategic partnerships at Google X Moonshot Factory where he worked on humankind’s most pressing problems, applying the world’s most advanced technologies and methodologies to create new pathways to market for vital innovation projects. As such, Tim was an early, key member of the founding team behind Waymo - the world’s first self-driving robotaxi, trucking, and delivery vehicle technology.
He is also the former Chief Innovation Officer at San Francisco MTA -where he led cross-functional teams, and on behalf of the Mayor, implemented urban mobility technology centered on sustainability, social equity, and climate resiliency - making him an expert in holistic community-centered smart city tools that benefit the broader economy.
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Smart Cities: The future of life & work is not what you think
More than half the world’s population now lives in cities, a trend that is accelerating, luring billions from the countryside for a better life. At same time, the cities are all increasingly vulnerable to climate disruption and growing complexities. Technology is disrupting how we live, work and get around. Our way of life has changed more in the past five years than the previous 50 - and the next ten will have even greater changes. We can’t afford business as usual.
The converging trends of AI automation, blockchain, biological planning, and on-demand “lifestyle as a service” have already started and they will continue to accelerate profound changes to all our lives in both subtle and dramatic ways. No one group can do this alone, we must center our communities and bring together government, business, and educators to solve these very complex problems to not only survive but thrive in this once-in-a-generation opportunity. In this captivating speech, Tim explores the intersection of emerging technology, sustainability, and innovative infrastructure - and how life as we know it will never be the same again.
Moonshots: Combining courage, audacity and technology to achieve the impossible
The courage to set audacious goals and explore new applications of disruptive technology is identifying a third way of achieving success - commercializing radical solutions and challenging what we thought wasn’t possible.Tim spent years at X-the Moonshot Factory, the renowned Google innovation division, positioned at the apex of a global problem, a radical solution, and breakthrough technology. Synonymous with the Google X brand, ‘Moonshot’ thinking refers to a visionary technique of implementing a future-oriented approach to solving some of humankind’s most challenging obstacles. The philosophy is named after John F. Kennedy's dream to send a man to the moon. Another definitive example of a moonshot is often self-driving cars - the exact project Tim worked on - helping the team deliver Waymo to market.
The megatrends of AI-centered automation, DNA sequencing, energy storage, blockchain and robotics are converging resulting in s-curves feeding s-curves of innovation simultaneously. This is creating the opportunity for multiple moonshot ideas to commercialize and solve some of the most daunting challenges facing our species. In this riveting speech, Tim takes the audience on a journey on how to think big, be fearless, and land the moonshot.
The Future of Work: The New Never Normal Workplace
The future of work is upending all our preconceived notions of a team, the workplace, and work-life balance. The global Covid pandemic bifurcated our economy into those that can work from home and those that can’t. The idea that people will have one full-time job for life is fading while many roles are already being automated or robotized. In addition, key emerging technologies such as automation, blockchain & artificial intelligence are already changing work tasks and processes further accelerating disruption in the workplace.
Workplace culture is the glue that keeps organizations together. All these trends are challenging you to retain your team and keep them happy, healthy, and productive. In this highly sought-after speech, Tim prepares his audience of leaders to create a resilient work culture, where wellness is at the center of the new never normal workplace.
Web 3: What is it, why does it matter and what does it mean for your organization
We’re at the sunsetting of Web 2 (our current internet, where you are the product and your data is owned by a few mega-corporations) and at the dawn of Web 3 (which is more decentralized and you own your data ). From blockchain, cryptocurrency and the metaverse to digital assets (art, music, etc) centered on radically transparent smart contracts, there are boundless opportunities for new areas of growth and capitalization. There is also so much hype and so many terms, and not very user-friendly interfaces and tools, it's hard to keep up and see what's real and what’s just fluff.
In this welcoming talk, Tim breaks down Web 3 drawing from his own personal experience in this space, and all its components in simple-to-understand terms to prepare your organization as you begin your transition journey. Tim provides a compelling call to action, explaining market opportunity, as this is the biggest generational change in how we source information, transact contracts, procure and secure digital assets, and so much more.
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