Charles Jennings

For over 30 years, Charles Jennings has managed two parallel careers—one as a writer and speaker; the other as a serial entrepreneur who has started and run growth technology companies.

Jennings founded and led Preview Systems, which went public in 1999; co-founded TRUSTe in 1996, still the Internet’s leading privacy assurance service; chaired the board of GeoTrust, the world’s second-largest certificate authority, acquired by Verisign in 2006; and founded and led Swan Island Networks, a 14-year-old company which he still chairs, and which provides security intelligence software and services for Fortune 200 companies. Currently, he is CEO of NeuralEye, LLC., a tech-transfer company focused on autonomous image recognition, affiliated with Caltech.

Jennings has long been a thought leader in Internet technology. He was a USA delegate to the Nobel Technology Summit in Oslo; named by Federal Computing Week as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Government Technology; and was the subject of a major feature story in Wired magazine (December 2005 issue). He is also a recipient of the Oregon Entrepreneurial Networks’ prestigious lifetime entrepreneurial achievement award.

Jennings has written several books on technology, including the seminal work, The Hundredth Window: Protecting Your Privacy and Security In the Age of the Internet (Simon & Schuster, 2000), which sold around the world in five languages. He is also an experienced and entertaining public speaker whose credits range from his TEDx talk, “From Armadillos to Monkeys;” to a keynote at the UN 50th Anniversary Conference on Human Rights, in Toulouse, France, in front of a world audience of 5000.

Jennings’ current focus in his writer/speaker career is AI evangelism—specifically, warning and educating his fellow CEOs about the big AI technology disruption that is already underway, and which will, he believes, change business more profoundly than PC, Internet, mobile and social network technologies combined.