I'm not a very good golfer, and I'm even worse at Topgolf because there's an audience and alcohol involved. But I am excited to introduce today's guest, who came up with the wild idea of turning a high rise bar into a driving range. It's the epitome of cool, and has been quite a success.
This interview was done live at Singularity University's Global Summit in San Francisco last month. You may have heard about Singularity through it's famous founders, Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil. SU is located in the Silicon Valley and it's not only a business incubator
, it's a global community that uses cutting edge "exponential" technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges.
I am happy to have as our guest today the Executive Chairman of Singularity University. Erik Anderson. Erik is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of WestRiver Group (WRG) since 2002. WRG is a collaboration of leading investment firms providing integrated capital solutions to the global innovation economy. Anderson is also the Executive Chairman of Topgolf Entertainment Group, a global sports entertainment company. In this role, he has received numerous honors, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2018 and 2017 he was honored by Goldman Sachs as one of their Top 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs. In 2018 he was ranked by Golf Inc.
as the No. 3 most powerful person in the golf industry after being ranked No. 8 the previous year. Anderson is Vice-Chairman of ONEHOPE, a cause-centric consumer brand and technology company, most commonly known for their award-winning wine and world-class vineyard in Napa, Calif. Additionally,Anderson is the founder of America’s Foundation for Chess, currently serving 160,000 children in the United States with its First Move curriculum.