• Got accepted to UPENN’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology program, and threw myself into my concentration: Skill Development, learning from and interviewing skill development greats like Anders Ericsson (father of modern skill development research) and Edwin Locke (co-founder of goal setting theory)
• I decided that paying for the Ivy Leagues with a job wasn’t for me, and so I started my first martial arts academy, continued to teach seminars.
• I began speaking to schools (Bryant, Salve Regina, etc..), athletic teams and companies (Alex and Ani, Inc 500) about skill development and entrepreneurship
• Sold my physical martial arts facility to it’s general manager (my good friend), and took an online martial arts business from 0 to 30k/month in 12 months in order to fund a move toward Boston and hone my marketing skills
• Won the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation’s No Gi Pan American competition, and received my black belt from World Champion Alexandre Soca, and had my first Jiu Jitsu and Skill Acquisition book hit #1 for “Martial Arts” on Amazon
• Began consulting with startups and online business owners from around the world – from Indonesia to Canada to Oregon
Founded TechEmergence.com (a website dedicated to news and top interviews for EmTech • [Robitcs, Artificial Intelligence, Genomics, BioTech, Augmented Reality] startups, investors and researchers), in full belief that the furthest extents of human potential – and the greatest ethical concerns of our age – will stem from the emerging technologies of today
• Was featured in MIXERGY, Entrepreneur’s Journey, and Tim Reid’s “Small Business Big Marketing,” and consequentially ended up with more startup and consu
• Working away at the cause, below which all is relegated – which at present involves writing / speaking, and developing the major media hub for Emerging Technology – in addition to work with startups and entrepreneurs
• Attending MIT’s Sloan School of Business
Business is exciting to me, and sharing ideas about business (particularly my specialities of marketing automation and strategy) is always fun. Here’s a short list of links that should give the best idea as to what I do now:
EmTech is with the cause, and so it’s where my most ardent efforts in writing are focused. I explore ethics most deeply on SentientPotential.com, but my work on emerging tech news and ethical considerations can be found elsewhere around the web:
TechEmergence is dedicated to being the best source of news and expert insights for Emerging Technology entrepreneurs and investors. Content includes everything from the cutting-edge developments in robotics, to investor perspectives on networking, to marketing advice from successful CEOs. Previous guests have included super-angel and entrepreneur Fabrice Grinda (OLX), investment magnate Jim Rogers, and father of the field of Artificial General Intelligence, Dr. Ben Goertzel.
To date, Science of Skill content has been featured in nearly all of the major Brazilian Jiu Jitsu magazines, over a dozen online publications, and nearly all of the reputable podcasts in the niche. Including: Jiu Jitsu Magazine, BJJ.org, MixedMartialArts.com, the InsideBJJ Podcast, and more…
Today MicroBJJ and Science of Skill, LLC properties boasts over 20,000 subscribers and growing, not including our video channels, countless blogs and features and seminars all over the USA.
Out most popular program is our massively discounted “David vs Goliath” DVD, which is avilable here: www.MicroBJJ.com/David
My presentations are grounded in either one or both of my main areas of focus.
1) Entrepreneurship / Marketing Automation. Both of my previous businesses leveraged marketing automation as a primary engine of growth, and over 90% of my consulting work involves these areas. Topics include: segmentation and database marketing, and the nitty-gritty of marketing automation strategy.
2) Human Potential / Emerging Technology / Skill Development. My graduate studies at UPENN and my interviews with CEO’s and top researchers / thinkers in emerging technology help craft much of my writing and presentation content. Topics include: Ethical considerations of emerging technology, brain-machine interface and “tinkering” with consciousness, and skill development applied to business skills.
For information about the year’s presentation calendar, or specific request or questions about speaking, please fill out the form below (note, this form is only for questions or requests for speaking and presenting):
“To Unite the World in Determining and Moving Towards the Most Beneficial Transition Beyond Human Potential.”
I am very firmly of the belief that the act of tinkering with and creation of consciousness holds a higher ethical gravity than any other presently conceivable event. From altering our human capacities to creating conscious / sentient artificially intelligent entities, the near future holds inconceivable potential for our experience.
I am very firmly of the belief that our generation - whether we wish to be or not - will be the stewards not only of the world shared by our children, but of the future of intelligence and consciousness itself.
I am very firmly of the belief that applied wisdom from all domains of knowledge and all developed nations will be 100% necessary to take the best swing at what a “best” future might be – and that values and ethics will need to be meticulously applied in policy, technology, organization.
I am very firmly of the belief that holding the best of intentions for a brilliant future, an open mind for collaboration and new approaches, and a vigilant nose to the grindstone of one’s own specific work.
I am very firmly of the belief that no belief escapes scrutiny, and that any of the above could potentially be amended to further align with the cause. Closed-mindedness and lack of empathy are likely to be more real dangers than any specific technology or any specific turn of events.
I write about these ethical matters at www.SentientPotential.com