Alex Salkever is a writer, futurist and technology leader. He is the co-author with Vivek Wadhwa of “The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Can Change the Future”. The book was named as a Finalist in the 2017 McKinsey / Financial Times Book of the Year Competition, one of the most prestigious competitions in business books. In the book and in dozens of articles published online he explores exponentially advancing technologies such as robotics, genomics, renewable energy, quantum computing, artificial intelligence and driverless cars. He previously served as the Technology Editor at BusinessWeek.com and as a Guest Researcher at the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering.
Over his career, Salkever has collaborated with Vivek Wadhwa on two books and wide range of research projects. Their first book, “The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent” was named a Book of the Year by The Economist in 2012. They are working on several additional book projects looking at the intersection of technology and society and the impact on the future of work, what it means to be human, and how we can be happy while using technology.
When not writing, Alex has served as a senior executive at a host of Silicon Valley startups in green technology, data science, open government, and cloud computing. He has been a senior leader at respected brands in technology, most recently at Mozilla where he served as a vice president.
He speaks regularly at industry conferences, universities and schools and to corporations and Boards of Directors.