John Kao

is chairman of the Institute for Large Scale Innovation, whose i20 group is an association of national innovation czars. He wrote Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity (Harper, 1997), a BusinessWeek best-seller, and Innovation Nation (Free Press, 2007) about America’s growing innovation challenge. Previously, Kao was a member of the Harvard Business School faculty. Dubbed “Mr. Creativity” by The Economist, Kao is a director of the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium and vice chair of the Global Advisory Council on Innovation of the World Economic Forum. Kao is also a serial entrepreneur, an angel investor in emerging technology companies, and a Tony-nominated producer of film and stage. He apprenticed to rock legend Frank Zappa in 1969.

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