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Alex Lightman is an internationally recognized inventor, entrepreneur, author, speaker, conference organizer, futurist, and government advisor. He has been working at the bleeding edge of technology, primarily software and specialized telecommunications, since June 1983, and his experience includes pioneering development and/or marketing of simulation and modeling software, Internet 3D, artificial intelligence/expert systems (military, medical, training, trading, investing, budgeting, scheduling, advising), financial engineering workstations (for Reuters, where he was Project and Product Manager responsible for the ART2000), websites for Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and Madison Avenue, wearable computers and augmented reality, Internet-connected jewelry, and novel applications of Internet Protocol version 6, the 128-bit successor to the 32 bit IPv4 that has been in use since 1973.

In addition to his corporate interests, Lightman has made meaningful contributions to education, via a small high school and college he created with a partner in Santa Fe, New Mexico, The Nizhoni Institute ("Beauty-Way" in the Navaho language), which received state and federal accreditation. Lightman is also one of the highest rated mentors at Founder Institute, the no. 1 incubator program in the world based on number of companies launched (650 to date). His last rating by the founders was 9.65 out of 10.0, and he has been the host of both of the last two Founder Institute LA events, held in Santa Monica in Q3, 2012.

Lightman is an MIT graduate in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Course I) and attended graduate school at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and MIT's Sloan School of Management, as well as Lund University, Sweden, for a semester abroad. He has published over a million words about the future of technology and public policy, including the first book on 4G, Brave New Unwired World: The Digital Big Bang and the Infinite Internet (John Wiley, 2002), which holds up well 10 years later, including a chapter on wearable computing and augmented reality that predicted what Google and other companies will be doing in 2013 and beyond. Lightman's other published book is Reconciliation: 78 Reasons to End the US Embargo of Cuba. He has also provided policy advice, white papers, technology briefings, training workshops, and transition plans to over 40 US federal agencies (including the Dept. of Defense up to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the CIO and Director of C3I level and the Defense Information Systems Agency), and to over 40 national governments, as well as to influential international organizations, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO, for NATO's CIO) and the United Nations.

His most recent company was Innofone.com, which he built from zero, with zero equity or debt, into a company with 75 technology and government customers, including IBM, Microsoft, HP, ATT, Ericsson, Nokia and took it public after two years via reverse merger. As a public company, Innofone.com had a peak value of $280 million.

In addition to his corporate interests, Lightman has made meaningful contributions to education, via a small high school and college he created with a partner in Santa Fe, New Mexico, The Nizhoni Institute ("Beauty-Way" in the Navaho language), which received state and federal accreditation. Lightman is also one of the highest rated mentors at Founder Institute, the no. 1 incubator program in the world based on number of companies launched (650 to date). His last rating by the founders was 9.65 out of 10.0, and he has been the host of both of the last two Founder Institute LA events, held in Santa Monica in Q3, 2012.

His awards, in addition to the Economist Reader's Award, including a Johnson Foundation award as "one of America's 10 most innovative educators", and, in the SGI Internet Virtual Reality contest, out of over 800 entries from around the world, winner of both the Entertainment category and the Grand Prize.

Lightman's insight, that 4G should be and would be both the licensed and unlicensed band (unlike 1G, 2G, and 3G) and that this would create an explosion of new entrepreneurial opportunities in telecom, was not as obvious as it is today, as exemplified in the loss of hundreds of billions in the early year overcharging for the supposed exclusivity of 3G, and the failure of 3G outside , which he sent to the White House and to the Castro administration. The response of Castro was to ask that a few unflattering quotes be removed. The response of the White House, via the Office of Science and

He is one of the few people to win an award that the entire world had a chance to give input to (crowd sourcing applied to in two ways), as the first recipient (and the only other besides Steve Jobs) of The Economist magazine "Reader's Award", in 2010, on behalf of 4G, as "the innovation that will most radically change the world over the next ten years, 2011 to 2020".

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Alex Lightman the Acceleration of Innovation

10.23.12 | 00:41:34 min | 0 comments