Founder, Transforming Cities with Friends and Partners
Marcus is a social impact-minded executive with over 20 years of management and leadership experience working with senior executive teams across premier global organizations, governments, and prominent startups, specializing in innovation and digital transformation, organizational change, and emerging and disruptive technology. Marcus was recently the CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, the global leader in incentive competitions used to crowdsource innovation and disruptive technologies to solve the world’s grandest challenges facing humanity. Prior to XPRIZE, Marcus was a Partner at Deloitte Consulting leading the Innovation Group where he worked with Fortune 100 corporate executive teams and government leaders to prepare for the opportunities and threats associated with disruptive innovation. Marcus helped establish and co-led the Innovation Partnership Program, a venture with XPRIZE and Singularity University to curate and support a membership-based community of Fortune 200 executive teams with their innovation strategies and digital transformation. Marcus is part of the Singularity University guest speaker faculty, and on the Board of Advisors for Stanford University School of Engineering-Global Project Center’s Disruptive Technology & Digital Cities Program.
Marcus has appeared/been interviewed on national and global broadcasts as a thought leader, including on NBC’s The Today Show and CNBC’s Squawk Box, as well as being featured and/or contributed to leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, and Wired Magazine. In addition, Marcus has provided keynotes on the topic of disruptive innovation for the CEO’s executive team summits at leading organizations, such as Raytheon, UPS, Motorola Solutions, Kimberly Clark, Bank of America, and several Governors and their cabinets, as well as opening keynotes at leading conferences and universities, including Kellogg Northwestern University, Purdue University, Stanford University, Singularity University, and co-hosting the United Nations Summit on Innovation with the President of the U.N. at the UN HQ in NYC, and “AI for Good” Summit in Geneva.
Earlier in his career, Marcus ran the Consumer Products CRM consulting practice at Ernst & Young consulting, and started his career in industry at the Kellogg Company in Sales & Marketing, Global IT, and Customer Strategy teams. As a passion project, Marcus has pioneered a program in partnership with the public school system in Los Angeles to bring “exponential entrepreneurial” training to high school students in currently underserved communities.