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David Roberts

World's leading expert on Exponential Leadership

David Roberts is the world’s leading expert on Exponential Leadership (a term coined by him in 2010) and is one of the world’s top experts on disruption and exponential technology. He brings you his passion, knowledge and expertise to inspire and help your leadership achieve in times of immense change.

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David Roberts's 2022 biography

David Roberts’ Background

David Roberts is the world’s leading expert on Exponential Leadership and a global thought leader on business disruption and exponential technology. His passion is to help global leaders transform and develop new intentions for global good.

  • Mr Roberts is a Harvard M.B.A. and an M.I.T. Computer Scientist & Engineer and majored in Artificial Intelligence and Bio-Computer Engineering (Digital Biology).

  • He is founder and CEO of GEDI® Life a two year leadership training program led by elite combat warriors, human performance experts, and renowned physicians and scientists. GEDILife.com

  • He is the founder of the 17 Global Inspirational Goals proposed at the United Nations to inspire Humanity and augment the Sustainable Development Goals so the world would not just be focused on solving problems.

  • He is the Founder of Exponential Leadership, an organization dedicated to transforming global leadership through courage, compassion and integrity.

  • At Singularity University, he served as Vice President, Director of the Graduate Studies Program, and was the Distinguished Faculty member.

  • He began his career as a military officer and decorated Special Agent and received a personal citation from the Director of the FBI.

  • He served as a Career Officer in the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government and was Distinguished Graduate of his class.

  • He led the development of some of the most complex systems every built to include revolutionary multi-billion dollar spy satellites, spy planes, and the U.S. Drone Program where he later served as Mission Operations Commander.

  • He was Special Assistant to the Director of the largest single intelligence program in the U.S. budget, and served in 5 National Intelligence Agencies as a senior executive or military officer.

  • His award winning high-tech entrepreneurial ventures received over $150 million in funding from Silicon Valley’s top investors to include Kleiner Perkins, Vinod Khosla, Cisco, Oracle, Accenture, and In-Q-Tel. He was the Founder and President of FireDrop and Zaplet which merged with Metric Stream.

  • He serves as an independent board director of the number two rated corporate venture firm in the world.

  • He was an Investment Banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Goldman Sachs Headquarters.

  • He was a formal adviser to Made-In-Space which manufacturing the first object in Space with a 3D printer on the International Space Station.

  • He served as Chairman of the world’s first and leading Quantum Computing software company 1QBit

  • Harvard, Stanford, and Berkeley’s Business schools have written and taught case studies on David’s leadership, management, and decision-making.

  • He has been pictured on the cover of the Wall Street Journal and covered by USA Today, The New York Times, Business Week, Fortune Magazine, CNN and many others.

  • His startup ventures have received multiple awards to include Top 50 Private Companies in the World, Red Herring Top 100 Private Companies in the World, USA Today’s Tech Reviews Best Picks, Apple Computer Systems Integrator Award, Internet World’s Net Rising Stars, Red Herring’s Catch, Internet Outlook’s Investors Choice Award, Enterprise Outlook Investors Choice, Best of the Web from PC World.

  • His fascination with technology began in the fourth grade after building a hovercraft (early drone) to carry his sister to the bus stop, powered by what was formerly his mother’s vacuum cleaner, and fortunately limited by the length of an electric power cord.

David Roberts's 2022 talks & topics

Disruption & Global Impact

Understanding technology disruption could be the single most important skill for any leader during exponential times. What exactly is classic disruptive innovation theory and how does our new understanding of modern technology disruption change everything we thought we knew?

Most critically how can you tell whether a new technology or business model will be just revolutionary or truly disruptive? What few critical things must global leaders understand to thrive in an exponentially changing world and what must they understand to create global impact.

Technology Disruption and Exponential Leadership

Understanding the truth of technology disruption could be the single most important skill for any leader during exponential times.

What exactly is classic disruptive innovation theory and how does our new understanding of modern technology disruption change what we thought we knew about it? Why do the burgeoning ideas of leadership by “experts” rarely work when we try to apply them to ourselves or our organizations? Why can’t we learn effective leadership from academics? What is true Exponential Leadership? What few critical things must global leaders understand to thrive in an exponentially changing world? What must we do to break the chains of mediocracy, transform our own life and create global impact for others? This one-of-a-kind impactful briefing indelibly imprints new thought patterns into our mind, forever changing how we think and transforming ourself for compassionate courageous action.

Disruptive Innovation and Global Impact

Roberts offers a fast-paced, dramatic overview of the impact and opportunities of exponential technology and disruptive innovation. Roberts gives clear lucid examples to help his audience understand difficult concepts in disruptive innovation theory and acquire an exponential, versus linear, mindset. covers breathtaking emerging technology examples from 3D printing, electric and autonomous cars, drones, artificial intelligence, virtualization, exponential medicine, and synthetic biology. He concludes with an inspiring and moving argument for how technology can have global impact and create an abundant world — if the right action is taken.

Investing with Disruption, Longevity and Leadership

Roberts is one of two globally recognized leaders in Business and Technology Disruption. In this talk he provides a framework to answer what he believes is one of the most important business skills for the next twenty years — how to tell if something will be disruptive vs just revolutionary. He then provides major insights into exponential technology’s impact on longevity and what leaders most need for global impact.

David Roberts's 2022 speaking fees

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