JP Rangaswami is hugely enjoying himself as Chief Scientist, Salesforce.com since October 2010. Prior to that he was Chief Scientist and Managing Director, BT, joining there from Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein where he served as Global CIO. he is known for demonstrating recognised market leadership in the use of innovative tools and techniques. He is a compelling advocate for community-based "opensource" development methods and practices.
He is a fervent blogger (www.confusedofcalcutta.com), tweeter (www.twitter.com/jobsworth) and a regular speaker at industry events, particularly on innovation and opensource, and was asked to contribute to the 10th anniversary edition of The Cluetrain Manifesto.
He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).
Fascinated by the interplay between technology and markets, he is a venture partner at Anthemis.com.
Passionate about education, he is chairman of the School of Everything (www.schoolofeverything.com), a startup focused on social action through education. He also serves on the management board of Kings Church International (www.kcionline.org) and on the board of trustees of Byte Night, (www.bytenight.org.uk), the IT industry's annual sleep out in aid of the National Children's Charity (NCH).
He is also on advisory boards of a number of other companies.
There are at least five books he hasn't finished writing, including one in the predictable genre of science fiction management manga.
Everything I care about. My family. My church. My friends. Books and music. Information. Its free passage and enrichment.
A robot only needs two types of input: energy and information. Perhaps humans are like that as well. We have to think of information like we think of food. What it consists of, nutritive value, ingredients, toxins. How to cultivate it, how to prepare it, how to cook it, how to digest it. How to stay healthy with it. Information waste cycles. Information allergies. Information sell-by dates. What an information diet looks like.
Clay Shirky famously said that there is no such thing as information overload, only filter failure. I think we can go further. Information overload, as with food, is often a problem of consumption not production, particularly in the West.
Information viewed from the perspective of food. Cooking with chillies. Education.
Cooking. Crosswords. Scrabble.
Couldn't go to the first TED Global because I was called away; booked to go to TED Africa, missed that as well. Been able to make every TED Global since, a welcome few days every year.
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