Spotlight On... Naveen Jain
Naveen Jain is a philanthropist, entrepreneur and a technology pioneer. He is a founder and CEO of Intelius, a company that empowers more than 15 million consumers with information to make intelligent decisions about personal safety and security. Prior to Intelius, Jain founded InfoSpace, a successful dotcom company and innovative developer of mobile software and application services. Jain took the company public in 1998 on the NASDAQ and served as CEO until December 2002. Before starting InfoSpace, Jain was a senior executive at Microsoft Corporation.
Naveen Jain is Co-Chairman of Education and Global Development at the XPRIZE Foundation where he is focused on finding entrepreneurial solutions to address the global challenges in education, poverty, agriculture, health, and clean water. Naveen is currently focused on finding ways to use advances in science to solve problems that, on the surface, look like infrastructure problems. He is exploring a challenge to develop “Digital Doctor,” an AI-based expert system that aims to improve access to primary care physicians around the world. He is determined to find ways to use neuro-plasticity to create better learners and develop neuroscience-based multi-sensory video games that are effective and additive for teaching students skills like math, science and history.
Naveen Jain is a trustee of the board of Singularity University, an interdisciplinary university whose mission is to educate and inspire leaders to address humanity’s grand challenges through innovative technologies and also a member of Pacific Council on International Policy.
Naveen Jain has been awarded many honors for his entrepreneurial successes and leadership skills including “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year”, “Albert Einstein Technology Medal” for pioneers in technology, “Top 20 Entrepreneurs” by Red Herring, “Six People Who Will Change the Internet” by Information Week. His success with Intelius has earned such accolades as “Best New Company” by the American Business Awards, Puget Sound Business Journal’s “One of Washington’s Top Three Best Workplaces”, “Rising Star” in Deloitte & Touche’s Technology Fast 500 Program, “America’s Top 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies” by Inc. Magazine and has been listed amongst the top 15 Corporate Philanthropists in the community. Most recently, Red Herring presented him with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his continued leadership in the technology industry and his support of other entrepreneurs.
Naveen Jain and his family are actively engaged in many philanthropic activities and have generously contributed to an assortment of organizations dedicated to innovation, entrepreneurship, and education. Many organizations have benefitted from their charitable activities including; The XPRIZE Foundation, The The Intrepid Museum, United Way of King County, Seattle Children’s Hospital, HopeLink, Bellevue LifeSpring, Treehouse for Kids, Boys and Girls Club, America India Foundation, Vedic Cultural Center, Seattle Art Museum, Children Rights & You and the University of Washington.
"The XPRIZE Foundation is a unique group of thought leaders who personally get involved and contribute to solving the largest challenges in the world. I find that working alongside these various experts, and funding XPRIZEs inspires creative innovation and rewards these bigger bets of exponential breakthroughs that are stifled in some vertical industries today. Just imagine that anyone has a chance to take their idea and prove their concept in an XPRIZE and change the world as we know it. This is entrepreneurship open to all scientists, college kids, graduates, PhD’s who have amazing ideas and need funding to realize these dreams." - Naveen Jain