Technologist, Business Executive & Author
Safi is the author of Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries, a national bestseller recommended by Bill Gates and the Nobel laureates Daniel Kahneman, Eric Maskin, and Robert Laughlin; featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Forbes, Bloomberg, Newsweek, Nature, Scientific American, and the Harvard Business Review; and selected by Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Pink, Susan Cain, and Adam Grant for the Next Big Idea Club.
Senator Bob Kerrey wrote: “If The Da Vinci Code and Freakonomics had a child together, it would be called Loonshots.”
Safi received his BA in physics from Harvard summa cum laude, completed his PhD in physics at Stanford, and served as a Miller Research Fellow in theoretical physics at U.C. Berkeley. After working with investment banks and technology companies at McKinsey and Company, Safi co-founded a biotechnology company developing new drugs for cancer. He led its IPO and served as its CEO for 13 years. In 2008, he was named E&Y New England Biotechnology Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2011, he worked with President Obama’s council of science advisors (PCAST) on the future of national research.