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Dr. John Kao

Chairman, Institute for Large Scale Innovation, Bestselling Author of "Innovation Nation" and "Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity"

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 Dr. John Kao Biography

Dubbed a "serial innovator" and "Mr. Creativity" by The Economist, he has made a career out of helping organizations go from "getting" the importance of innovation to "getting innovation done". John has worked with a wide range of Fortune 500 companies, startups and government agencies around practical issues of strategic innovation and organizational transformation.

In addition to his other accomplishments, John is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, sought-after keynote speaker, Tony-nominated producer and business pioneer. For 14 years, he taught at Harvard Business School, where he developed courses, lectures and executive seminars that addressed the topics of entrepreneurship, venture management, innovation, leadership and organizational change. He has also been a visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab and is at present the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Innovation at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.

John is well known as a thought leader in the innovation field. He is author of "Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity", a Business Week best-seller that has been published in 12 languages. He was recently named one of the 200 most creative Americans and one of the 200 top management authorities worldwide.

John has previously founded companies in life sciences, innovation and e-services, and feature film production. He has advised governments and companies worldwide. He also serves as Vice President of Arts & Business in the UK and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. John has produced both film and theatre; his credits include: production executive on sex, lies, and videotape, executive producer of Mr. Baseball and producer of Golden Child.

John's experience in the design field is multifaceted. He chaired the Aspen Design Conference in 1995, which took up the question of reinventing the relationship between design and business, and edited a monograph based on the conference called "Designing Business". He has collaborated with a variety of world renowned designers, including David Rockwell, Nigel Holmes and David Carson. His approach to innovation is strongly informed by the disciplines of design.

John has broad experience in public speaking and executive education. He has given keynote addresses for such organizations as IBM, Intel, Accenture, The U.S. Navy, Nokia, Milia, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Government of Ireland, The U.S. Department of Commerce, The American Marketing Association, Fortune magazine, Forbes magazine, Business Week, Citibank, The World Economic Forum, Global Business Network, the TED Conferences, Columbia Pictures and the Government of Singapore.

John's keynote speeches on innovation are distinguished for their vivid call to arms as well as their practical and original frameworks for action. He has been known to illustrate the fundamentals of innovation (of "jamming", in his words) by playing jazz piano in a way that provides musical examples of the innovation process at work. He has "performed" such illustrations before audiences at Madison Square Garden and the Grand Ole Opry.

Born in Chicago, John Kao was trained in philosophy (B.A., Yale College), psychiatry (M.D., Yale Medical School; residency, Harvard Medical School) and business (M.B.A., Harvard Business School).

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Dr. John Kao

Chairman, Institute for Large Scale Innovation, Bestselling Author of "Innovation Nation" and "Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity"

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Dr. John Kao Biography

Dubbed a "serial innovator" and "Mr. Creativity" by The Economist, he has made a career out of helping organizations go from "getting" the importance of innovation to "getting innovation done". John has worked with a wide range of Fortune 500 companies, startups and government agencies around practical issues of strategic innovation and organizational transformation.

In addition to his other accomplishments, John is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, sought-after keynote speaker, Tony-nominated producer and business pioneer. For 14 years, he taught at Harvard Business School, where he developed courses, lectures and executive seminars that addressed the topics of entrepreneurship, venture management, innovation, leadership and organizational change. He has also been a visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab and is at present the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Innovation at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.

John is well known as a thought leader in the innovation field. He is author of "Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity", a Business Week best-seller that has been published in 12 languages. He was recently named one of the 200 most creative Americans and one of the 200 top management authorities worldwide.

John has previously founded companies in life sciences, innovation and e-services, and feature film production. He has advised governments and companies worldwide. He also serves as Vice President of Arts & Business in the UK and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. John has produced both film and theatre; his credits include: production executive on sex, lies, and videotape, executive producer of Mr. Baseball and producer of Golden Child.

John's experience in the design field is multifaceted. He chaired the Aspen Design Conference in 1995, which took up the question of reinventing the relationship between design and business, and edited a monograph based on the conference called "Designing Business". He has collaborated with a variety of world renowned designers, including David Rockwell, Nigel Holmes and David Carson. His approach to innovation is strongly informed by the disciplines of design.

John has broad experience in public speaking and executive education. He has given keynote addresses for such organizations as IBM, Intel, Accenture, The U.S. Navy, Nokia, Milia, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Government of Ireland, The U.S. Department of Commerce, The American Marketing Association, Fortune magazine, Forbes magazine, Business Week, Citibank, The World Economic Forum, Global Business Network, the TED Conferences, Columbia Pictures and the Government of Singapore.

John's keynote speeches on innovation are distinguished for their vivid call to arms as well as their practical and original frameworks for action. He has been known to illustrate the fundamentals of innovation (of "jamming", in his words) by playing jazz piano in a way that provides musical examples of the innovation process at work. He has "performed" such illustrations before audiences at Madison Square Garden and the Grand Ole Opry.

Born in Chicago, John Kao was trained in philosophy (B.A., Yale College), psychiatry (M.D., Yale Medical School; residency, Harvard Medical School) and business (M.B.A., Harvard Business School).

Dr. John Kao Videos

  • John Kao - The beginner's guide to innovating
  • John Kao - The importance of purpose for innovation
  • 2012 GSWS Keynote Speaker: John Kao

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Dr. John Kao for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Dr. John Kao, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Dr. John Kao or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Dr. John Kao?

    Booking fees for Dr. John Kao, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dr. John Kao, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Dr. John Kao?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dr. John Kao for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dr. John Kao for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Dr. John Kao or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dr. John Kao or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Dr. John Kao is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Dr. John Kao for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Dr. John Kao generally travels from San Jose, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Matthew Bishop, John Maeda, Richard Florida, Kai Ryssdal and Craig Newmark. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dr. John Kao for an upcoming event.

Dr. John Kao Speaker Videos

  • John Kao - The beginner's guide to innovating
    John Kao - The importance of purpose for innovation
  • 2012 GSWS Keynote Speaker: John Kao

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