John Kao

Innovation Strategist and Practitioner

Considered a leading authority on the subjects of innovation, organizational transformation and digital media, John Kao was dubbed “Mr. Creativity” and a “serial innovator” by the Economist. He describes his job as an “instigator of new things.”

Kao's the author of best-selling Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity. By training, he has a B.A. from Yale College, an M.D. from Yale Medical School, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He also taught at Harvard Business from 1982-1996, where he specialized in innovation and entrepreneurship. He has also held faculty appointments at the MIT Media Lab, Yale College, and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

Not one to settle for anything less than transformative results, John is the consummate innovator’s educator. His new book is called Innovation Nation which presents a compelling case that culture, agility and vision are scalable phenomena. His focused and creative approaches to fueling innovation are based on years of experience marshalling vast resources of talent and infrastructure.