by Ryan Weber
There are possibly 20 technologies that have the potential to disrupt as much as the internet and mobile did over the next 20 years. The future is up to us to define but these are a few bold predictions being made by futurists/innovators: a. a colony on the moon b. 80%+ of world energy consumed using clean energy c. 95%+ autonomous, electric vehicles d. the majority of the known 30,000 diseases will be cured e. 41% of jobs in Minnesota today will no longer exist
Humans evolved based on a linear way of thinking and so it's difficult for most to imagine the impact that will come along with each of these technologies. I graduated from Singularity's Executive Program, in Mountain View CA, in January and plan to share a brief summary of key takeaways in this session:
Currently, I am a Managing Partner at regional venture fund Great North Labs - http://www.greatnorthlabs.com. Great North Labs invests in technology startups across any industry that are based, or have meaningful operations, in the upper mid-west. We have assembled a team experienced in scaling technology startups across a variety of industries, along with individuals with strong expertise in exponential technologies, so that we can help regional startups achieve greatness!
Previously, I was Co-Founder/Chief Product Officer for NativeX (FKA Freeze and W3i), a digital media company that we scaled to $70M in revenue, 170 employees, and offices in Silicon Valley and Minnesota. Additionally, in a partnership with my twin brother Rob (called 32 Degrees), we actively invested as angels from 2006 to 2017 that successfully had a 5x+ return in our regional investments from 2006 to 2011. These investments included eBureau, Zencoder, and FieldNation.
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