David Roberts is a Harvard M.B.A. and an M.I.T. Computer Scientist & Engineer and majored in Artificial Intelligence and Bio-Computer Engineering. He is also the Founder and CEO of GEDI® Training a two year leadership training program led by elite combat warriors, human performance experts, and renowned physicians and scientists. Also, he founded the 17 Global Inspirational Goals proposed at the United Nations in 2019 to inspire Humanity and augment the Sustainable Development Goals so the world would not just be focused on solving problems.
Roberts is the Founder of Exponential Leadership, an organization dedicated to transforming global leadership through courage, compassion and integrity; and has served as Vice President of Singularity University, two-time director (and alum) of their Graduate Studies Program, and was the Distinguished Faculty member for five years in a row.
He began his career as a military officer and decorated Special Agent and received a personal citation from the Director of the FBI.; also served as a Career Officer in the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government and was Distinguished Graduate of his class.
Roberts led the development of some of the most complex systems every built to include revolutionary spy satellites and the U.S. Drone Program where he also much later served as a Mission Operations Commander. And he was Special Assistant to the Director of the largest single intelligence program in the U.S. budget, and served in 5 National Intelligence Agencies as a senior executive or military officer.
His award winning high-tech entrepreneurial ventures received over $140 million dollars in funding from Silicon Valley’s top investors to include Kleiner Perkins, Vinod Khosla, Cisco, Oracle, Accenture, and In-Q-Tel. He was the Founder and President of FireDrop and Zaplet which merged and are now known as Metric Stream and served on all three companies as board director.
Roberts was an Investment Banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Goldman Sachs Headquarters, was a formal adviser to Made-In-Space which manufacturing the first object in Space with a 3D printer on the International Space Station; and served as Chairman of the world’s first and leading quantum computing software company.
Harvard, Stanford, and Berkeley’s Business schools have written and taught case studies on David’s leadership, management, and decision-making; and has been pictured on the cover of the Wall Street Journal and covered by USA Today, The New York Times, Business Week, Fortune Magazine, CNN and dozens of others.
His startup ventures have received multiple awards to include Top 50 Private Companies in the World, Red Herring Top 100 Private Companies in the World, USA Today’s Tech Reviews Best Picks, Apple Computer Systems Integrator Award, Internet World’s Net Rising Stars, Red Herring’s Catch, Internet Outlook’s Investors Choice Award, Enterprise Outlook Investors Choice, Best of the Web from PC World.
His fascination with technology began in the fourth grade after building a hovercraft (early drone) to carry his sister to the bus stop, powered by what was formerly his mother’s vacuum cleaner, and fortunately limited by the length of an electric power cord.