Nova Spivack

Nova Spivack is a technology futurist, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and one of the leading voices on the next-generation of search, AI, big data, and the Web.

Nova has founded numerous startups, resulting in multiple IPO’s and acquisitions amounting to several billion dollars of combined market capitalization and investor returns.

He was recently ranked in the top 20 futurists based on an analysis of social and Web influence.

Nova has authored nearly 100 granted and pending patents in areas including artificial intelligence and machine learning, search, advertising, social media, mobile apps, the semantic web, augmented reality and virtual reality, interactive TV, and personalization.

He is a frequent speaker and blogger, and writes guest-articles for publications such as TechCrunch, Mashable, GigaOM, and SiliconAngle. Nova was named to Re/Code’s List of LA Power Players in Tech

In 1994, Nova co-founded one of the first Web startups, EarthWeb, which led to a record-breaking IPO in 1998, and a second IPO of spinout,, in 2007.

He then worked with Stanford Research International (SRI), to co-found their startup incubator, nVention, with SRI Ventures, and participated in the DARPA CALO program one of the largest artificial intelligence projects in US history (which originated and spun out the technology that became Siri, which was later acquired by Apple).

Following CALO, he co-founded Radar Networks, which produced Twine (Acquired by EVRI, which was then acquired by Facebook), one of the first consumer applications of the Semantic Web.

Nova was also the co-founder and CEO of Bottlenose, which applies artificial intelligence to business intelligence and was recognized as a Gartner Cool Vendor in In-Memory Computing in 2016.

He has helped to incubate several other startups including Klout (acquired by Lithium), The Daily Dot, Next IT, Live Matrix (acquired by OVGuide, which was then acquired by FilmOn), Fuzionaire in partnership with Caltech (stealth mode), and many others. Spivack is also an advisor to early-stage venture funds in the areas of emerging Internet technology and clean energy, including EES Ventures.

Nova is also founder and chairman of the Arch Mission Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving humanity’s most important knowledge in space. The Arch Mission is working to foster innovation on new storage technologies, including next-generation optical storage and DNA-based storage, suitable for big data in space.

Nova is also on the board of directors of the Common Crawl Foundation, a nonprofit, 5+ billion page, free and open search index of the Web.

In 2014 he was named to the the Data Creativity Awards Board at I-COM, the Global Forum for Marketing Data and Measurement.

Nova earned his BA in Philosophy from Oberlin College in 1991, with a focus on the philosophy of mind and artificial intelligence.

In 1992, he attended the International Space University, a NASA-funded graduate-level professional school for the space industry, where he studied space life sciences. Nova also participated in supercomputing research at the MIT Computer Science lab on simulations of physics and biology using cellular automata machines.

You can find Nova’s writings on Twitter at @novaspivack and via his personal website,


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