About Beau

Beau Lotto is a world-renowned expert in the science of perception. His thrilling keynotes reveal why trading certainty for doubt increases our capacity to adapt, lead, innovate and thrive in the darkness of “ I don’t know.” A three-time mainstage TED speaker with over nine million views, Beau has spoken around the world, delivering totally unique, visually stunning, and interactive presentations that help people embrace the face of change.

Beau is the founder and CEO of two highly successful companies – Lab of Misfits and Ripple. Lab of Misfits was founded in 2001 and is the world’s first and only neuro-perception creative studio, which doubles as a real neuroscience lab. The Lab’s goal is to foster adaptability and creativity. Beau’s second company, Ripple Inc, holds five highly influential patents in Augmented Reality (AR). With the use of its technology and exclusive patented IP, the Lab works to create digital platforms and custom, proprietary digital interactions that layer the world with immersive digital content.

In addition to his entrepreneurial successes, Beau shares his knowledge as a professor at the University of London, and on occasion as a scholar at NYU. He previously taught at University College, London for 20 years. He has mentored over 20 undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. students, as well as postdoctoral fellows.

The Seattle-native earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley in 1991. He then moved to Scotland, where he earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University Medical School, Edinburgh. He remained in Edinburgh for his first postdoctoral fellowship (with Professor David Price) and then moved to Duke University for his second fellowship, where he was mentored by Professor Dale Purves.

Beau has contributed to television, radio and podcast programs by the BBC, National Geographic, HBO, Wharton on Business Radio, and PBS. He is a frequent keynote speaker at major corporations including J&J, Warner Music, Universal, Viacom, Sainsbury’s, Microsoft, Google, Apple, and the UAE’s Crown Court, where he speaks about the fundamental barriers to thriving in uncertainty and how to overcome them.

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