Oct 23, 2021
Episode 41: Joanne Z. Tan Interviews Kevin Surace on AI, Investing in Technology, America‘s Future, Broadway Shows_Interviews of Notables and Influencers
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How did he get 800X on startup investment? Kevin Surace, innovator, broadway producer, & serial entrepreneur shared his tips.


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Kevin Surace is a Silicon Valley innovator, serial entrepreneur, CEO, TV personality and EDUTAINER (educator and entertainer combined). Kevin has  been featured by Businessweek, Time, Fortune, Forbes, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, FOX News, and has keynoted hundreds of events, from INC5000 to TED to the US Congress. He was INC Magazines’ Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009,  a CNBC top Innovator of the Decade, World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer, Chair of Silicon Valley Forum, featured for 5 years on TechTV’s Silicon Spin. While he has a technical background with 93 worldwide patents, Mr. Surace led pioneering work on the first cellular data smartphone (AirCommunicator), the first plastic multi chip semiconductor packages, the first human-like AI virtual assistant (Portico), soundproof drywall, high R-value windows, AI-driven building management technology, AI-driven quality assurance automation, and the window/energy retrofits of the Empire State Building and NY Stock Exchange. 


Kevin is also an accomplished music director,  conductor, Broadway show and musicals producer, and percussionist. He’s Actively developing high quality "digital theater" virtual musical entertainment using green screen studios and advanced digital designs.


Kevin is CTO of Appvance.ai which has developed groundbreaking AI based autonomous software testing in a SAAS platform. He is also involved with companies addressing: AI & Robotics, QA automation/security, IOT, subscription models, sustainability, and sleep tech.


As a branding expert, l can’t help branding Kevin as: “A Renaissance man, in a Renaissance Age.”

1) Tell me your personal journey, about why, what, how you get to be where you are, today?   2) Among all the things you have done, what are your most important and most proud of?   3) Failure is the mother to success.  What are the most profound “failures” that you have learned from, that you’d like to share with the world?   4) You invest in startups, any unicorns? What made you spot them as the “unicorns” before they were successful?   5) AI - what do you think about the prospects of AI becoming masters of humanity?   6) This Pandemic is only the beginning, there will be more.  What do you think the world should do, to be more prepared? What are your predictions about the future after this Pandemic?     7) Describe, in details, your vision of the world with AI, social media, digital currency, 2 years from now, 5 years from now, 10 years from now, 20 years from now   8) I am an opera fan. This season I was delighted to watch the New York Met Opera live performance in a Century 14 movie theater near my home, with surround sound effects, large screen, reclining chair (warmed up), AND social distancing too, I really don’t feel like taking the BART to San Francisco Opera House, which I did for 25 years!  I am afraid the SF Opera Box Office will suffer a decline in ticket sales, so will many cities’ opera houses throughout the world, since the Met is streamed to around 27 countries, more or less, at many local cinemas. Question #1: Do you agree that technology helping with monopolies (in this case, the Met) at the loss of local cities’ opera houses, or musicals’ performances? And isn’t it consistent with the entire human society’s trend toward monopolies, such as Google, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft, as well as in the political climate of autocracy vs democracy?   9) Climate change: How to address it?  To what extent are traditional ways of thinking, governing, investing, living… must change, and change fast?   10) The sorry state of US politics:  Do you think the two-party system is collapsing into its own dead end?  What do you think of the rank-choice voting that is used in New York's mayoral election and another state's governor's election?    11) What does “Kevin Surace Brand” stand for? What do you want the world to remember you, after you kick the bucket?  
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