Jason Hope can see the future. The investor and philanthropist – based in Scottsdale, Arizona – is renowned as a ‘futurist.’ When he makes a prediction about the Internet of Things (IoT), people listen.
The public’s awareness of IoT, or the connection of physical devices to software, electronics, and network connectivity, has experienced explosive growth in just the past three years.
Mr. Hope sees big potential in the field. In a recent interview with Inspirery, he said, “Everyone knows that the future of society relies on technology. Technology connects and interconnects people, places, and things.” He believes that IoT will not only bring dramatic change to the physical landscape, but make our lives better, healthier, and more productive.
Hope’s biggest passion is investing in companies that are improving education and biotechnology. He has a grant program that helps high school and college students, and recently contributed $500,000 to the SENS Foundation. The SENS Foundation is a philanthropy that is changing how the medical field approaches and finds solutions for age-based diseases. The Foundation invests in universities and its own research center to build the technology that will combat these diseases, with the goal of ultimately preventing and eradicating them.
Hope says that he finds new investments to add to his portfolio through old-fashioned referrals and social media – something that shouldn’t be surprising for those who follow him. In addition to using his his Twitter and Facebook channels as a marketing tool, he also shares the latest scientific journals and articles with a global audience.
What’s next for someone who’s always living with an eye on the future? Hope says that recently he’s been taking a hard look at where he wants to go next with his philanthropic goals. He is currently focused on writing as a guest blogger for a number of tech sites, sharing his thoughts on the future of technology with as many people as possible.
“The more people know about the future of technology, the bigger change I can make in the world,” Hope told Inspirery. Well said.