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Deemed "A Tech Pioneer who Will Change Your Life" by Time magazine, Kevin Surace has delivered disruptive technologies across a broad landscape including software, manufacturing, environment and consumer products. With 25 patents, Kevin is the inventor of the first mass-produced high R value windows, Ecorock drywall, the first cellular data smartphone, and many other innovations that have become fixtures of everyday life.

As a serial entrepreneur, Kevin has built companies from $0 to $1B+ valuation. For 10 years he was the CEO of Serious Energy, where he helped develop, patent, and produce technologies that reduce energy usage in buildings, the largest contributor of CO2. Kevin grew the team to 420 people driving a 63% CAGR while delivering high tech materials, products, and software to 70,000 projects including the Empire State Building, the New York Stock Exchange, and thousands of homes.

Prior to Serious Energy, Kevin led teams to deliver disruptive technologies including OnStar virtual advisor, Perfect Commerce (online auctions), and mobile data (Air Communications). He drove the introduction of a number of industry firsts including the modern "human-like"​ voice user interface (i.e. Siri), the first wide-area-wireless data smart phone (AirCommunicator) and the invention of soundproof drywall (QuietRock).

Currently, Kevin is the CEO and President of Appvance, which has introduced the first DevOps test platform. An in-demand speaker due to his hands-on experience in multiple industries, he has delivered hundreds of talks at various venues including TED, many TEDx's, INC 5000, FortuneGreen, and the Democratic Caucus (House of Representatives).

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Kevin is a well known Silicon Valley entrepreneur and a disruptive innovator, awarded Inc Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year, listed as one of the top 15 innovators of this decade by CNBC, awarded Tech Pioneer by World Economic Forum – Davos, nominated as Innovator of the Year by PlanetForward and inducted into the Innovation Hall of Fame. He has been awarded 24 patents and is credited with pioneering work on the first human-like voice user interface, the first cellular data smartphone, the first mass produced high R value windows, the first soundproof drywall, and many other innovations which have become commonplace today. He has been featured in nearly every major publication including BusinessWeek, Time, Fortune, Forbes, and CNN as well as nearly every major network and keynoted hundreds of gatherings from INC 5000 to TED to the halls of Congress.

Kevin Surace is currently CEO of Appvance, a technology company which is disrupting the way enterprises improve the quality, performance, and security of their software and applications. Kevin has led organizations to substantial growth in innovation, technology, revenue, and investor value, including Serious Energy, Perfect Commerce (provider of supply chain software/services), CommerceNet (industry consortium), General Magic (cloud based virtual assistant), WebKnight (Java authoring), and Air Communications (wireless hw/sw). At Serious Energy he led the organization to retrofit some 70,000 projects for improved comfort and energy savings including upgrading all the windows in the Empire State Building and the NY Stock Exchange, shipping over $500M of Serious-invented products by 2015.

Kevin received his BS in Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology and serves on their Board of Trustees. Kevin has delivered 100’s of vibrant keynote speeches and presentations to groups from corporate executives to enterprise teams to universities. He loves igniting audiences’ creative spark and leaving people with real actionable ideas they can use the next day. He brings actual hands-on experience inventing and innovating across multiple industries at a level few others can match.


Kevin Surace Speaker Videos Back to top

Kevin Surace: TEDx Talk


Technology entrepreneur Kevin Surace asks: how will people define themselves once robots render a human workforce obsolete? Going back to 1961 - the first time a robot took over a person's job - Kevin outlines the technological advancements and attitude shifts that are turning this issue into an increasingly real possibility. "The tipping point isn't near," he clarifies. "It's actually here."

Showcasing a $25,000 robot that can do the work of 12,000 people and double its capacity and knowledge in a single annual software upgrade, Kevin proposes that as technology continues to advance all human jobs will gradually disappear within the next 50 years. He invites the audience to see this shift as an opportunity to free themselves from the "bondage" of work. "The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them that they had to earn a living," Kevin states.

Kevin Surace: Keynote, Building a Clean Energy Company


Kevin Surace: TED Talk, Eco-friendly Drywall



Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


"Everything is up for reinvention," according to Kevin Surace, a tech pioneer who has demonstrated this time and time again through his 25 patents, applied engineering, and leadership. His presentations share the valuable wisdom he gained hands-on in regard to driving disruption, breaking the paradigm of selling on price, and building great teams that have fun together. Furthermore, Kevin delivers his vision for a sustainable future through smart engineering and discusses how major shifts that are currently unfolding - such as the robotic takeover of human labor - will affect you, your team, and industry.

    Be an Entrepreneur
    What it takes to be that person, in large or small companies. And bring the energy and passion of entrepreneurs to your entire team.

    Disruptive Innovation
    Don’t just innovate, DISRUPT. How your team can overcome fear and shame, and disrupt any market.

    The Coming Age of Robotics
    How will your team cope with the coming onslaught of AI and robotics. And how can you use it to your advantage!

    Sustainability and Climate Change
    Why it matters. What you can do today.

    High Power Sales Workshop
    The 5 steps that you will go through…and how to get through them faster than ever and close more deals.

    Custom Team Motivation
    Motivate that unmotivated or lost team. Within 1 day, your team members will find new passion, and run with more excitement than ever before.





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    Be an Entrepreneur
    What it takes to be that person, in large or small companies. And bring the energy and passion of entrepreneurs to your entire team.

    Disruptive Innovation
    Don’t just innovate, DISRUPT. How your team can overcome fear and shame, and disrupt any market.

    The Coming Age of Robotics
    How will your team cope with the coming onslaught of AI and robotics. And how can you use it to your advantage!

    Sustainability and Climate Change
    Why it matters. What you can do today.

    High Power Sales Workshop
    The 5 steps that you will go through…and how to get through them faster than ever and close more deals.

    Custom Team Motivation
    Motivate that unmotivated or lost team. Within 1 day, your team members will find new passion, and run with more excitement than ever before.



Kevin Surace: TEDx Talk


Technology entrepreneur Kevin Surace asks: how will people define themselves once robots render a human workforce obsolete? Going back to 1961 - the first time a robot took over a person's job - Kevin outlines the technological advancements and attitude shifts that are turning this issue into an increasingly real possibility. "The tipping point isn't near," he clarifies. "It's actually here."

Showcasing a $25,000 robot that can do the work of 12,000 people and double its capacity and knowledge in a single annual software upgrade, Kevin proposes that as technology continues to advance all human jobs will gradually disappear within the next 50 years. He invites the audience to see this shift as an opportunity to free themselves from the "bondage" of work. "The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them that they had to earn a living," Kevin states.

Kevin Surace: Keynote, Building a Clean Energy Company


Kevin Surace: TED Talk, Eco-friendly Drywall