Founder / Founding Executive Director
The Fastrack Foundation / Singularity University
Best-Selling Author of Exponential Organizations; XPRIZE Foundation Board member; Founding Executive Director of Singularity University; Chairman of ExO Works; Founder, The Fastrack Foundation; Former Vice President of Yahoo!’s Brickhouse; AION Advisory Board member; and General Partner of Rokk3r Fuel ExO Venture Fund.
Salim Ismail is the best-selling author of Exponential Organizations, a sought-after business strategist, and a renowned entrepreneur with ties to Yahoo!, Google, and Singularity University. He consults with governments and the world’s Fortune 1000 companies on innovation, institutional change and growth. Ismail has been profiled in media outlets like The New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, WIRED, Vogue, and the BBC.
Ismail travels extensively sharing a global perspective on the impact of breakthrough technologies. His book quickly reached No. 1 on Amazon’s “Best-Sellers in Business Management,” and was also named Frost & Sullivan’s “Growth, Innovation and Leadership Book of the Year.” In presentations, he shares how any company, from a startup to a multinational, can streamline its performance and grow 10x faster than its peers. Audiences receive a tailored action plan, a new process for leading-edge thinking, and an understanding of what emerging technology trends mean for their future.
Ismail’s captivating, educational, and downright jaw-dropping presentations have been called “mind-blowing” and “the best talk I’ve ever heard.”
Salim founded ExO Works in 2016 to transform global business by catapulting organizations into the world of exponential thinking. ExO Works delivers a 10-week program based on concepts detailed in Exponential Organizations that fast forwards an enterprise’s mindset by two years by removing the barriers to innovation. Just as ExO Works is the face of the future of management consulting, Ismail founded The Fastrack Institute, a non-profit dedicated to accelerating technology into society.
Ismail spent eight years as Singularity University’s founding Executive Director and global ambassador. SU’s goal is to “educate, inspire and empower a new generation of leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges.” SU, whose founders hail from Google and the XPRIZE Foundation, has empowered thousands of people from more than 85 countries to apply disruptive technologies – biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and neuroscience – to more than 100 startups and countless patents and ideas.
Prior to Singularity, Ismail was a vice president at Yahoo, where he built and ran Brickhouse, the company’s internal incubator. His last company, Ångströ, a news aggregation startup, was sold to Google in 2010. He has founded or operated seven early-stage companies including PubSub Concepts, which laid some of the foundation for the real-time web, and the New York Grant Company, a direct response to 9/11. In its first year, the organization attracted over 400 clients and delivered over $12 million of federal grants to the local Lower Manhattan economy.
In 2017, at its fourth annual benefit gala, Endeavor Miami, the first U.S. affiliate of Endeavor, a global non-profit organization that has advised and helped scale more than 800 high-impact companies in 26 countries around the world, honored Ismail with its 2017 Impact Award.