Speaker - Rob Carpenter

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Rob Carpenter, the Executive Director of the Global Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, is a serial “hybrid” entrepreneur who has successfully founded numerous ventures in the public, private, and civic sectors. Most recently, he started and sold an investor-backed social and mobile commerce startup, Friendgiftr, that was called “one of the best websites on the internet” by PC Magazine, named an Emerging Technology Company of the Year by TechAmerica, and that partnered with companies ranging from to MasterCard Marketplace. Prior to that, he founded a nonprofit that built a diverse multi-industry coalition of more than 75 organizations that helped secure $40 billion in new transportation revenues for Los Angeles, including monies to build the much-anticipated “Subway to the Sea.” He is the Founder and Chairman of the Business Innovation & Technology Subcommittee on the Los Angeles Transportation Commission, were he oversees a $150 million dollar fund and is producing emergency management and rewards-based driving technologies for the City of Los Angeles.

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