Alexander Blass, the father of crowdfundingTM, is not just a speaker on innovation. He is an innovator who speaks. In early 2007, after leaving his comfortable career as a venture capitalist and following years of development and obstacles, Alexander Blass launched the world’s first person-to-person crowdfunding website. This life-saving innovation spread rapidly around the globe, garnered worldwide media coverage, and spawned what is now a $20 billion/year industry that helps tens of millions of people.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office awarded Alexander Blass a patent for inventing this revolutionary technology, and he is also the winner of numerous other awards including being the youngest grand prize recipient ever of the Daily Record’s Top Innovator of the Year Award, which credited him with “revolutionizing charitable giving.”
To learn more about the origin of crowdfunding, watch this FOX TV cover story from 2008 featuring Alexander Blass.
Wharton and Oxford-educated with dual masters degrees in business and engineering, Alexander Blass is an internationally acclaimed American innovator and entrepreneur who has helped millions of people worldwide and traveled to over 65 countries. He is the founder of the $20 billion/year person-to-person crowdfunding industry, inventing and launching the world’s first crowdfunding website of its kind.
For his revolutionary technological innovation, Mr. Blass was awarded a patent from the United States government and received numerous awards and distinctions. In further recognition of his achievement and contribution to the world, he is the youngest grand prize winner ever of the Daily Record’s Top Innovator of the Year Award, which credited him with “revolutionizing charitable giving” when he was only 32 years old.
Mr. Blass presently serves as CEO and Innovator-in-Chief of the Innovation Institute of America® and has appeared in hundreds of media outlets including various magazine cover stories.
Alexander Blass’s current and former clients are extremely diverse, spanning five continents across a broad swath of industries and cultures, and include some of the world’s largest and most prestigious companies such as IBM, Mastercard, KPMG, Toyota, Saudi Aramco, Fonterra, Statoil, Travelport, West Corp, Solvay, and Dialog; as well as world leaders, government agencies, universities, associations, and more.
Around the globe, Alexander Blass is a top innovation keynote speaker and has educated and inspired employees of numerous organizations. He is invited as the guest keynote speaker and masterclass presenter at leading conferences on innovation/creativity, leadership/change, business development and entrepreneurship.
A short list of examples of some major worldwide events he has keynoted include EPIC in New York, IBM INNOVATE in India, the Abu Dhabi Innovation Forum in the UAE, the Mastercard Innovation Forum in Miami, KPMG’s Annual Convention in the Cayman Islands, The World Management Forum in the Middle East, the Inspiring Innovation Awards in Belgium, CIMA Business Leadership Summit in Sri Lanka, The Aramco Innovation Forum in Saudi Arabia, The European Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Portugal, The Stars of Business Awards in Dubai, ETIS in Denmark, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Entrepreneurship Summit, E-VOLVE in Mexico City, the Kingdom of Bahrain E-Government Forum, HR SUMMIT in Singapore, INNOCONF in Malaysia, the Business Leadership Forum in South America, the RAK Leadership Forum in the UAE, and the IIT Bombay Entrepreneurship Summit in India.
Earlier in his career, Alexander was a principal at a venture capital firm in the technology sector. During his tenure as a venture capitalist, one of the fund’s portfolio companies was acquired for nearly $500 million cash by a Fortune 50 corporation. Prior to that, he was a technology strategy consultant and a software developer, beginning his career at KPMG Consulting, which later became BearingPoint. He also served as an invited expert on numerous investment panels at the United States National Science Foundation.
Alexander Blass has appeared in hundreds of media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, New York Times, Associated Press, BusinessWeek, Times of India, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, FOX, The Independent, Economic Times, Voice of Africa, Khaleej Times, HRM Asia, Portafolio, Private Sector Qatar, Sydney Morning Herald, and many more.
Alexander received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Oxford University in England. He also received a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he concurrently studied at the Wharton School of Business. He was later invited to return to Wharton and honored as Entrepreneur-in-Residence.
20 examples from the numerous world-class global events where Alexander Blass, the father of crowdfundingTM has been a keynote speaker on 5 continents:
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!”
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