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Remo Giuffre
Founder & Director
Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

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Krisztina 'Z' Holly

Entrepreneur-in-Residence | Office of LA Mayor Garcetti

LA, United States

"curiosity, courage, impact"

Generally thinking:

Education & Academia
Business, Work & Strategy
Technology & The Future
Global Issues
Government & Community
Sports & Recreation
Media & Journalism
Arts & Entertainment
Creativity & Design
Body, Mind & Science

My tags:

Business DevelopmentDigital MediaEducationEntertainmentEntrepreneurshipEventsGovernmentScienceMarketingMediaProduct DesignPsychologySportsTechnologyTelevisionTravelWriting

Very good at:
+ discovering and amplifying ideas and talent
+ creating new organizations and scalable models
+ inspiring courage

About me & my work:

My name is Z, and I'm an MIT-trained engineer, tech entrepreneur, and pioneer. My passion is identifying and amplifying undiscovered talent and ideas and creating new organizations and replicable models that turn ideas into impact. When given the choice, I take the path of greatest adventure.

I'm preobably best known for being the curator and host of the first ever TEDx in 2009, which inspired 12,000 other events to date, and as founder of two university innovation centers at MIT and USC. Mayor Garcetti recently named me inaugural EIR for the City of LA to focus on the ecosystem around "making" things. I am adjunct Professor of Innovation Practice at USC, a Forbes contributor, and have served as consultant, advisor, board member to many organizations globally, including the Obama administration and World Economic Forum.

I have taken an unusual path, and have a wide range of experiences and networks to draw from. Earlier in my career I produced and edited documentary series, was a researcher at the MIT Media Lab and engineer on the Space Shuttle Main Engine, and played key roles at tech startups including Stylus innovation (acquired by Artisoft) and Direct Hit Technologies (acquired by Ask Jeeves).

I am a licensed skydiver and SCUBA instructor and an avid adventure traveler, backcountry/telemark skier, mountain biker, and authentic food aficionado. I'm married and reside in Los Angeles. (Full profile:

My links:

Forbes - Krisztina Holly site


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