KNOWN AS THE FATHER OF CROWDFUNDINGTM, ALEXANDER BLASS INVENTED AND LAUNCHED THE WORLD’S FIRST PERSON-TO-PERSON CROWDFUNDING WEBSITE, SPAWNING A $20 BILLION A YEAR INDUSTRY. THE TECHNOLOGY HE CREATED AND PATENTED HELPS MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WORLDWIDE.
A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM ALEXANDER BLASS, MS, MBA (Oxford)
Innovation is a fancy buzzword that we hear often these days, but how many of us truly understand what innovation means? Personally I believe it causes a lot of confusion. It sounds very complicated, technical, and ambiguous, doesn’t it? But most of all, we tend to think innovation is for someone else, not for you or me. The good news is, none of the above statements are true. Everyone can learn how to innovate. In any industry. In any culture. At any age.
20 examples from the numerous world-class global events where Alexander Blass, the father of crowdfundingTM has been a keynote speaker on 5 continents:
The father of crowdfundingTM delivers high-energy and content-rich keynote presentations as well as interactive and customized masterclass training workshops around the world to a diverse set of industries and audiences ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to world leaders, government agencies, universities, associations, entrepreneur groups, and more. We would love to work with you as well!
Alexander Blass was honored to be the keynote speaker at the Inspiring Innovation Awards. The event took place at a stadium in Europe and celebrated the 150th anniversary of Solvay, a $10 billion/year global chemical company with over 30,000 employees.
Miami Beach, USA
This clip demonstrates the high level of engagement and audience interaction in a keynote presentation by Alexander Blass. At this large multinational conference, Mr. Blass seamlessly brings together Mastercard’s employees with their global partners from over a dozen countries.
Alexander’s keynote presentations are the perfect blend of education and inspiration, and full of fascinating international case studies. In this clip from his KPMG keynote, he teaches how the sociological concepts of ethnography and empathy are far more important than market research to bring innovations to your customers.
ExpoMeetings is one of most prestigious events for the meetings, events, and tourism industry in Latin America. At this association convention, Alexander Blass was honored to energize, inspire, and engage with the audience as the opening keynote speaker.
Alexander Blass was the opening keynote speaker at IBM INNOVATE, their most important event of the year. The 2,000 audience members were comprised of IBM employees at all levels, as well as from dozens of IBM’s most important B2B customers and partners.
In preparation for this prestigious event to inspire and congratulate 1,000 top CEOs on the 40th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates, Alexander Blass studied Arabic to infuse it into his customized keynote presentation, linking their success and achievement with the remarkable history and growth of this young country.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
For the ultimate competitive advantage, book Alexander Blass to deliver a masterclass workshop. These premium trainings are very in-depth, actionable, and interactive. This clip is from a masterclass to senior executives and managers at Dialog, the leading mobile carrier in Sri Lanka.
This is a clip from a full day masterclass in the Kingdom of Bahrain, where Alexander Blass taught 180 executives, entrepreneurs and business students his proprietary 6-pronged innovation framework for how to develop innovative new products and services, along with many international case studies.
Alexander Blass has unparalleled expertise connecting with and serving audiences across diverse
job functions, continents, cultures, languages, and generations.
“I sat through Alexander’s presentation and I must say it was truly awesome. He communicated the message of innovation very clearly. I also found it very impressive – and he did it extremely well — that he localized his presentation for India which was absolutely great, and he really connected with the audience. I really appreciate it. Thank you!”
“Alexander Blass delivered a wonderful speech on innovation. It was very dynamic, very high energy. It was one part inspirational and one part educational, and very very informative. I would recommend this experience to any company that is looking for a charismatic, very dynamic speaker who has been there, has innovated, and who can tell you what it takes to innovate.”
“Today we had a masterclass on innovation by Alexander Blass. It’s been a fantastic experience. We had 56 of our managers and assistant managers attending and we’ve really opened up a lot of minds and changed mindsets. It’s a great new approach, I think it will lead to innovation in all sorts of spheres in the business. I am really looking forward to taking this forward over the next 12 months.”
““He did a great job of bringing in examples from all over the world. Highly energetic. He got engaged, got into the audience, not just a static speech with Powerpoint slides. Highly recommended!”
“Wow, it was undoubtedly one of the best sessions I have ever attended. The key takeaway for me was that if you breathe, if you eat for your living, you should innovate for your living. And innovation and energy go hand in hand, so I am requesting Alexander to give me some of his energy and innovation skills so that I can survive in this world. Thanks a lot, Alexander!”
“We were very glad today to have Mr. Alexander Blass who presented to us key elements on being innovative and related technology. His presentation was really heart-touching, interactive with the audience, and out of the norm of a typical presentation. We really highly recommend Mr. Blass and his presentations for other such events around the globe. Thank you very much.”
“Alexander Blass was the best part of the entire EPIC conference in New York City. I felt as if he was speaking directly to me, and the other audience members felt the same way. He gave me a lot of new ideas, was very clear and concise, and was full of energy. He was also easy to approach afterwards and very friendly. I would highly recommend Alexander Blass for your conference.”
“The opening speaker of this summit, Mr. Alexander Blass was a really blasting speaker! His energy is so contagious. For students this is what they need to see from an entrepreneur to get into it, increase their passion, motivate them, build their confidence. I think it was wonderful and amazing; one of the very best speakers I have heard in the last 10 years.”
“I go to a lot of events year, and hear a lot of speakers. Alexander Blass is by far one of the more dynamic speakers I have ever heard. Quite honestly the message of the presentation was very impressive. Innovation is a tremendous motivation for us internally. It is something we preach within our client base, and I got a lot of points out of this meeting I can share with my clients.”
“He gave us a revelation into the meaning of innovation. He brought it close to our hearts, our minds, and our soul. We had a good 2 days with him. This program is definitely a long lasting insight with impact, that will help you make that journey, of faith in innovation.”
“Alexander’s remarks were really on point, as we are going through an aggressive new strategic planning initiative. We are trying to move the organization to the next level. He really hit points on how staff should be engaged in that and involved, and think differently and more creatively. He also took the time to learn a lot about NFPA to make his comments very relevant to where we are in our history.”
“This is one of the best presentations I have ever seen. It was more effective and I could see the differences between other presentations. The message was very clear and it was more inspirational. I’m so happy and I can take the principles and put them in my career, and I can just innovate. It really inspired me.”
“We had Alexander Blass as a speaker in our university and I think it was one of the best experiences of my life so far. He really connected with us. And I felt like on a personal level, on a social level, it was really relatable. He not only crossed our minds, but even our hearts. It was extremely, truly inspiring. All of us had a spark in us, but Alexander Blass helped us put that spark into a flame.”
“I've just attended a great opening keynote by Alexander Blass, really great session about innovation and how I as a person--but also in relation to my company--can innovate. I think it would be a great, inspirational way to start any events that are focused on innovation and how to disrupt and change the way we think about products, services, marketing, and your organization. Great event. Great keynote.”
“Alexander presented an excellent speech at the [Abu Dhabi] Innovation Forum, helping us to better understand innovation and how it can be integrated in the business sector… One of those areas is sustainability. He linked innovation trends to local and regional issues, connecting the best practices of the West to local issues and bridging those two worlds.”
أنا الرئيس المؤسس لجمعية البحرين لتطوير الابتكار. سعدت اليوم بلقاء ألكسندر بلاس وحضور ندوته. بالطبع كانت الندوة تفاعلية ومفيدة للغاية للحضور. هناك حوالي 180 شخصًا يشاركون ومحتويات الندوة إعلامية وغنية بالمعلومات. أوصي به للطلاب والشركات والموظفين وكل من يسعى إلى تغيير وتحسين وتحسين حياتهم أو أعمالهم بشكل فعال ومعرفة المزيد حول كيفية القيام بذلك
“Acabo de salir de una de las presentaciones a que en realidad me han impactado más en todas estas congresos a los que he venido. Oh, sorpresa que me llevé porque pensé que a modo iba a ser lo mismo acerca de innovación y de liderazgo. Pero esta presentación en realidad llegó a mí. Alexander llegó a la parte intelectual, a la parte de crecimiento profesional y a la parte personal, a esa parte del corazón."
“Telecom companies feel they are too big and complex to innovate at the same rate as some of the challengers. To solve that problem we hired Alexander Blass. He did a keynote presentation for us… and it was exactly what our members needed. It was definitely a breath of fresh air, something they’ve never seen before. Later on we had a masterclass with Alexander. A huge success… highly recommended!”
The grand prize winner of the Daily Record’s Top Innovator of the Year Award, Alexander Blass is the acclaimed American innovator and entrepreneur who invented and launched the world’s first person-to-person crowdfunding website. The technology he developed and patented has helped millions of people worldwide and spawned a $20 billion/year industry. He has traveled to over 65 countries, and appeared in numerous media outlets.
Alexander Blass is the top innovation keynote speaker at conferences across the globe, inspiring and educating employees of numerous diverse organizations worldwide including IBM, Mastercard, KPMG, Solvay, Fonterra, Saudi Aramco, CIMA, and Statoil.
Mr. Blass presently serves as CEO and Innovator-in-Chief of the Innovation Institute of America®. Earlier in his career, he was a venture capitalist, strategy consultant, and software developer. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from Oxford University in England, as well as a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was invited to serve as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Wharton School of Business.read full bio here
Alexander Blass travels the globe, possessing unparalleled real-world experience working and connecting with people and companies across cultures, languages, and nationalities. He has been to the following 65 countries and territories in North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Africa:
United Arab Emirates