Rich Sorkin is CEO and co-founder of Jupiter Intelligence. Jupiter provides data and analytics services to better predict and manage risks from weather and sea level rise, storm intensification and changing temperatures caused by medium- to long-term climate change.
Sorkin is a Silicon Valley-based serial entrepreneur, executive, adviser, board member and investor with total exits exceeding $1 billion and a track record of scaling revenue from nothing to $20 million and from $100 million to $800 million. For more than 20 years, he has led breakthrough companies commercializing transformative technologies, most recently in big data predictive analytics with a focus on the environment, financial services, energy and politics.
Sorkin co-founded several companies recently, including Jupiter and FlexSchool, where he successfully led the financing. Previously, he co-founded one of the pioneering companies using satellite data and scalable cloud computing to predict weather events for commodity traders, as well as the company that was one of the earliest to use analytics to catch identity theft.
He is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Zip2, an internet 1.0 company best known for analytics and visualization of geospatial data. He ran the Sound Blaster business at Creative Labs during the time it gained market dominance. Sorkin’s prior experience includes NASA (as an intern in 1981, working on space debris tracking and the budget for the space station), Goldman Sachs (helped initiate research coverage of supercomputers), Bain (focused on information services), Kaggle (president, built and managed relationships with top global financial services and energy firms) and Ashton-Tate (database visualization tools).
He has served as a board member at private and public companies, the Yale Development Board and several community nonprofits. Extensive political experience includes advocacy work in Congress.