David Orban
Managing Advisor
Beyond Enterprizes
David is an investor, entrepreneur, author, keynote speaker, and thought leader of the global technology landscape. His entrepreneurial accomplishments span several companies founded and grown over more than twenty years. An early adopter of blockchain technologies and an active Bitcoin investor since 2010, he was the first to own Ether during the Ethereum launch in 2014. He also led the adoption of Bitcoin and blockchain in start-ups and is an advisor and investor in numerous blockchain companies and funds, such as Bitnation, Neuromation, Sun Exchange, Wealth Migrate, Blockchain Capital, Bancor, Swarm Fund, and others. David was the keynote speaker at the first Ethereal Summit in May 2017 in New York with an inspiring vision of how Blockchain technologies will catalyze a phase change in the socio-economic organization of our societies, and in March 2018 at Blockchain Unbound in Puerto Rico where he detailed the emancipation and empowerment that non-zero sum technologies are spreading worldwide. David is Managing Advisor of Beyond Enterprizes, a strategic advisory firm, providing technical leadership, support capabilities to projects in all stages of blockchain and new technology implementation and development. Beyond’s over 50 clients reached a combined market capitalization of over $14B, as of August 2021. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Network Society Ventures , a seed stage global investment firm focused on innovative startups at the intersection of exponential technologies and decentralized networks. David is the Founder and a Trustee of Network Society Research, a London-based global think tank present in over 40 countries, creating a vision and analytical tools to allow individuals, enterprises and the society at large to deal positively with the unstoppable transformation to a world based on decentralized exponential technologies that are disrupting the traditional centralized and hierarchical functions of governments and corporations. He is also on the Faculty of and Advisor to the Singularity University, based at the NASA Research Park in Moffett Field, California, an investor in the Singularity University Labs Accelerator Fund (now SUVentures), and was President of SingularityU Italy. SU is an interdisciplinary university whose mission is to assemble, educate and inspire leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies in order to address humanity’s grand challenges. As a sought-after speaker, he has given over 100 keynote addresses and speeches around the world for organizations including Abbvie, Cisco, Oracle, Roche, E&Y,Accenture, Gilead, ENEL, Intesa, Banca Sella, Mediolanum, Alphabet, Internet Advertising Bureau, European Foundation for Management Development, and H-Farm. He is the author of Something New about the role of artificial intelligence in our society.The book is available in three languages, English, Italian, and Spanish. David is a mentor for the Thiel Fellowship, a Scientific Advisory Board Member for the Lifeboat Foundation, a Founder of the Open Government Data working group, and an Advisor to the Institute of Ethics and Emergent Technologies and numerous startups. He was the Chairman of the Board, and is an Advisor to Humanity+, an organization dedicated to promoting understanding, interest, and participation in fields of scientific advancement and emerging innovation that benefit the human condition. He was an Adjunct Professor at LUISS Business School in Rome, one of Italy’s leading institutions. Born in Budapest, Hungary, he studied Physics at the University of Milan and the University of Padua. David’s work cuts across the limits of specialization to contribute to a new renaissance. He explains, “My vision is at the crossroads of technology and society and their co-evolution.” His personal motto is “What is the question I should be asking?” This concept is his vehicle for accelerating cycles of invention and innovation in order to build the brave new world ahead.