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Rich Sorkin

Rich Sorkin

Rich Sorkin is the chairman, CEO and cofounder of Jupiter Intelligence, which provides data analysis through predictive modeling to help governments, organizations and society manage risks from climate change, natural disasters and sea level rise..

Led by veterans of Fortune 100 companies, machine learning pioneers, a Nobel Prize winner and scientists from NOAA and the National Science Foundation, the firm offers services to predict weather risks from one hour to 50-plus years in the future.

In his three-decade career as a serial entrepreneur, executive, adviser, board member and investor, Sorkin has led breakthrough companies in numerous industries. He focuses on commercializing transformative technologies, with a significant concentration on financial services, energy, media, politics and the environment. A founder of multiple startups, his companies have pioneered the use of satellite data and scalable cloud computing to predict weather events for commodity traders and applied analytics to detect identity theft.

Sorkin is the former chairman and CEO of Zip2, an Internet 1.0 company best-known for analytics and visualization of geospatial data. He served as president of Kaggle prior to its acquisition by Google, leading the introduction of big data ​predictive analytics into the enterprise market and serving as the company’s premier industry strategist.

Sorkin began his career as a consultant at Bain & Co. Before moving to Silicon Valley to focus on leading technology companies, he helped initiate research of the supercomputer industry at Goldman Sachs. After graduating business school, he ran the Sound Blaster business at Creative Labs during the time it gained market dominance, growing revenues from under $100 million to close to $1 billion.

Sorkin is an alumnus of Yale University and Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Lockheed Scholar. He has served as a board member at publicly traded companies.

Recent Articles by Rich Sorkin

Arrogance and Nature’s Deadly Hand

For millennia, humans have struggled to survive and thrive on a sometimes deadly planet. Earthquakes, plagues, crop failures, floods, fires all periodically wipe out enormous numbers of lives. In the late 20th century, the combination of prosperity, the end of the Cold War and dramatic advances in science and technology bred a widespread arrogance that […]

New Era in Modeling Catastrophic Risk

The 2018 hurricane season opened with the arrival of subtropical storm Alberto on the coast of Florida. Natural disasters such as these regularly imperil human lives and trillions of dollars of infrastructure. Although we can’t stop them, we can limit their financial repercussions through the development of more accurate predictions based on an updated approach […]

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