Byron Reese

An accomplished high-tech trailblazer, author, inventor, entrepreneur, and eternal optimist, Byron Reese leaves audiences and readers with an infectious sense of possibility and wonder.

Byron shares his vision for solving many of our worst global issues, and challenges us to consider the excuses we conjure to explain why others are achieving what we aren’t.

“The new challenge for humanity will not be how to chip away at the old problems,” says Byron, “but what to do in a world where we can do anything.”

His most recent book, “Infinite Progress: How the Internet and Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Poverty, Hunger, and War” has been called “a prophetic book”, “an essential road map”, and “an antidote to the harmful gloom and moralizing that pervades most discussions of the future”.

Byron Reese employs his profound understanding of technical data to illuminate how the technology of today can solve some of our most daunting global challenges.

Bloomberg Businessweek credits Reese as having ‘quietly pioneered a new breed of media company’, and the Financial Times describes him as one of the ‘new wave of internet entrepreneurs out to turn the economics of the media industry on its head’. Even Business Insider calls him an ‘awesome guy’.

He started his first business as an undergraduate at Rice University. He later founded and sold two companies: Hot Data, ultimately to Pitney Bowes; and PageWise to Demand Media.

Reese currently serves as CEO of Knowingly, a venture-backed start-up Byron launched in 2014.