We’ve arranged something quite special for The Innovation Project™ by pairing seven celebrated thought leaders with veteran CEOs to talk about how they individually and collectively have innovated payments.

 

Then, selected audience members will have a chance to interact with these speakers on stage – in live case sessions. The result is our “Up Close and Personal” Interactive Keynotes that will entertain, inform and challenge your way of thinking

Al Gore

President Clinton’s VP, author and Apple Board Member. Need we say more?

Rosie Rios

Rosie Rios serves as the 43rd Treasurer of the United States. She has direct oversight over the U.S. Mint, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and FortKnox and is a key liaison with the Federal Reserve. In addition, the Treasurer serves as a senior advisor to the Secretary in the areas of community development and public engagement. She is especially passionate about supporting Women in Finance and issues of Main Street in the economic recovery.

Prior to her confirmation as Treasurer, Rios worked at MacFarlane Partners, where she was Managing Director of Investments. Working with MacFarlane Partners’ development and global capital partners, Rios played a central role in facilitating equity transactions for large mixed-use development projects in major urban areas. In November of 2008, Rios took a leave of absence from MacFarlane Partners to serve on the Treasury/Federal Reserve Transition Team and is a graduate of Harvard University.

Eric Ries

New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Eric Ries, is an entrepreneur and author of the popular blog Startup Lessons Learned. He cofounded and served as CTO of IMVU, his third startup. He is a frequent speaker at business events, has advised a number of startups, large companies, and venture capital firms on business and product strategy, and is an entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School. His Lean Startup methodology has been written about in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, the Huffington Post, and many blogs. He lives in San Francisco.

Raj Date

Raj Date serves as the Deputy Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He has had a long and varied career in and around U.S. financial institutions – as a strategy consultant, as a bank executive, and on Wall Street. Previously he served as the Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury for the CFPB from August of 2011 to January of 2012, and as the Associate Director for Research, Markets, and Regulations at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In 2009, Mr. Date founded and served as Chairman and Executive Director of the Cambridge Winter Center for Financial Institutions Policy, a private, non-profit research and policy organization that supported reform of the U.S. financial system.

Mr. Date was a Chancellor’s Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. The son of immigrant parents, Date lived in Boston, Rochester, NY, and Anaheim, CA, as his father changed stations as a physician in military and veterans hospitals. His father retired in 1995 as the Chief of Staff of the joint federal hospital at Nellis Air Force Base. Date lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, a federal prosecutor, and their twin son and daughter.

Josh Lerner

Josh Lerner is the Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School, with a joint appointment in the Finance and the Entrepreneurial Management Units. He graduated from Yale College with a Special Divisional Major which combined physics with the history of technology. He worked for several years on issues concerning technological innovation and public policy, at the Brookings Institution, for a public-private task force in Chicago, and on Capitol Hill. He then earned a Ph.D. from Harvard’s Economics Department.

Much of his research focuses on the structure and role of venture capital and private equity organizations. (This research is collected in three books, The Venture Capital Cycle, The Money of Invention, and Boulevard of Broken Dreams.) He also examines policies towards innovation, and how they impact firm strategies. (The research is discussed in the books Innovation and Its Discontents, The Comingled Code, and the forthcoming Architecture of Innovation.) He co-directs the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Productivity, Research, and Innovation Program and serves as co-editor of their publication, Innovation Policy and the Economy. He founded and runs the Private Capital Research Institute, a non-profit devoted to encouraging data access to and research about venture capital and private equity.

Steve Levitt

Steven D. Levitt is the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, where he directs the Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory. He is the 2003 John Bates Clark Medal winner, an award that recognizes the most outstanding economist in America under the age of 40. In 2006, he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 People Who Shape Our World. Levitt received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1989, his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1994, and has taught at Chicago since 1997. In addition to his academic and Freakonomics pursuits, he is a founding partner of The Greatest Good consulting firm. He lives in Chicago with his wife Jeannette and their four children.

Russell Simmons

Entrepreneur and pre-paid pioneer, Russell Simmons is the founder RushCard, a prepaid alternative to credit cards. The RushCard was created as a vital utility for the 60 million Americans who are either un-served or underserved by the traditional banking industry. However, rising bank fees and the rising value of alternative services like the RushCard have recently made prepaid re-loadable debit cards a smart option for the American middle class as well. In fact, nearly 30% of RushCard applicants over the past year had a bank checking account when they applied for the RushCard and that percentage is increasing over time.

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