Michael J.T. Steep has been at the forefront of technology for the last 30 years. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, First Light of Day: A Cautionary Tale of Our Future, and is the founder and executive director of Stanford University School of Engineering’s Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities Program.

In his current role, Mike has built a bridge between Stanford’s disruptive technologies labs and 30 corporate partners—including Amazon, Cushman & Wakefield, Hitachi, Visa —to create new opportunities for innovation and monetization.

In addition to his work at Stanford, Mike is an Adjunct Professor of Digital Business at the Imperial College London, and serves on the Smart Cities Board of London advising commercial clients on the impact of emerging technology in their industries.

Previously, Mike held management positions for the world-renown tech research firm, PARC (formerly Xerox PARC), and for tech giants including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, and Apple. In the process, he has witnessed first-hand some of the greatest technological breakthroughs and transformations and worked with companies such as BMW, Google, P&G, L’Oreal, AirBus Amazon, Cushman & Wakefield, Hitachi, and Visa, to develop disruptive technologies for new lines of business.

A frequent keynote speaker, Mike is an active venture investor in disruptive technologies. He earned his MBA from the University of Virginia, and his BA from the University of Pennsylvania.


He lives with his wife in Silicon Valley.