John Kao is a leading expert on innovation. He taught a popular course on the subject at the Harvard Business School for 14 years, and he has also served as a visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. In addition he is the founder of consulting firm Kao & Company, consulting to top-tier Fortune 500 business leaders, as well as to many departments of the US government. He has specialized in instructing organizations in the methods for making innovation happen. Dubbed “Mr. Creativity” by The Economist magazine, he has started several companies, in areas as diverse as biotech, innovation management, and e-services, and he has also worked as an executive producer of several feature films, including sex, lies and videotape. He is also an accomplished jazz musician.