Bill Joy left Sun Microsystems, the computer company he cofounded, with no
definite plans. He'd spent the late 1970s and early 1980s working on Berkeley
UNIX (he wrote the vi editor), and the next decades building beautiful
high-performance workstations at Sun. Always, he'd been a kind of polite
engineer-gadfly -- refusing to settle for subpar code or muddled thinking.
with a landmark cover story in Wired called "Why the
Future Doesn't Need Us," Joy began to share his larger concerns with the
world. A careful observer of the nanotech industry that was growing up around
his own industry, Joy saw a way forward that, frankly, frightened him. He saw a
very plausible future in which our own creations supplanted us -- if not out
and out killed us (e.g. the gray goo problem). His proposed solution: Proceed
Joy's now a
partner at KPMG, where he reviews business plans in education, environmental
improvement and pandemic defence.
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.