Mr. Saylor is a technologist, entrepreneur, business executive, philanthropist, and best-selling author. He currently serves as Executive Chairman of MicroStrategy, Inc. (MSTR).
Since co-founding the company at the age of 24, Mr. Saylor has built MicroStrategy into a global leader in business intelligence, mobile software, and cloud-based services. In 2012, he authored The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything, which earned a spot on The New York Times Best Sellers list.
Mr. Saylor attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving an S.B. in Aeronautics and Astronautics and an S.B. in Science, Technology, and Society.
Natalie Brunell is a podcast host, educator and media commentator in the Bitcoin space. Her popular show, Coin Stories, features interviews with Bitcoin thought leaders about their backgrounds and conviction for BTC. She is also a video contributor to Bitcoin Magazine. Previously, Natalie was an award-winning TV journalist and investigative reporter. For a decade she covered in-depth local and national news topics and holds an Emmy for breaking news coverage. Natalie is also an adjunct professor of advanced communication and visual storytelling at the University of Southern California. She holds a Master’s of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University.
The 2020 recipient of The Atlas Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Peter H. Diamandis is the founder and executive chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions. He is also the executive founder of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that counsels the world's leaders on exponentially growing technologies. Diamandis has started over 20 companies in the areas of longevity, space, venture capital and education. He is co-founder of BOLD Capital Partners, a venture fund with $250M investing in exponential technologies, and co-founder and Vice Chairman of Cellularity, Inc., a cellular therapeutics company. The five books co-authored by Diamandis include Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think.
Kmele Foster is a media entrepreneur and political commentator. He is the co-host of The Fifth Column podcast and the co-founder and executive producer of the media company Freethink. Foster was one of the signatories of the Harper's Letter on justice and open debate, alongside more than 150 people, including Salman Rushdie, J.K. Rowling, and Noam Chomsky. He is an outspoken libertarian critic of cancel culture, the Black Lives Matter movement, and political orthodoxy.
Jason Hill, Ph.D, is a Senior Scholar at The Atlas Society and a professor of philosophy at DePaul University. Hill has authored five books; including his most recent, What Do White Americans Owe Black People: Racial Justice in the Age of Post-Oppression. Professor Hill came to the United States at the age of twenty from Jamaica, and he has thrived beyond his wildest dreams. He remains incredibly grateful to this country for its bountiful opportunities.
Stephen R. C. Hicks, Ph.D, is Professor of Philosophy at Rockford University, Executive Director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship, and Senior Scholar at The Atlas Society. He is author of Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault, Nietzsche and the Nazis,Entrepreneurial Living, Liberalism Pro and Con, Art: Modern, Postmodern, and Beyond, and Eight Philosophies of Education. He has published in Business Ethics Quarterly, Review of Metaphysics, and The Wall Street Journal. His writings have been translated into 20 languages.
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