Futurist and bestselling author Zoltan Istvan, an American-
Hungarian, began a solo, multi-year sailing journey around
the world at the age of 21. His main cargo was 500
handpicked books, mostly classics. He's explored over
100 countries—many as a journalist for the National
Geographic Channel—writing, filming, and appearing in
dozens of television stories, articles, and webcasts. His
work has also been featured by CNN, Fox News, RT,
New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Outside, Slate,
Huffington Post, Wired UK,
BBC Radio, Travel Channel,
and in much other media. In addition to his award-winning
coverage of the Kashmir war, he gained worldwide
attention for inventing the extreme sport of volcano boarding. Zoltan later
became a director for the international conservation group WildAid, leading
armed patrol units to stop the billion-dollar illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia.
Back in America, he started various successful businesses, from real estate
development to filmmaking to viticulture, joining them under ZI Ventures. He is a
philosophy and religious studies graduate of Columbia University and resides in
San Francisco with his daughters and physician wife. Zoltan recently published
The Transhumanist Wager, a fictional thriller describing philosopher Jethro
Knights and his unwavering quest for immortality via science and technology.