"Some of the best minds of our generation are using the Internet to make advertisers richer," White says.
"But the connectivity of the Internet is also an unprecedented mechanism for compassion, for understanding each other, ourselves, and our world. " But by the time White traveled from his Harvard postdoc to that DARPA briefing, he had already parlayed an electrical engineering degree from Oklahoma State University into a fellowship from the Department of Homeland Security, and earned his Ph. at the Center for Language and Speech Processing at Johns Hopkins University.
These apparent contradictions have allowed White, now 34, to bridge worlds between experts.
He's not the genius cranking out code, the analyst looking for the next big IPO, the hand-shaking CEO, or the wartime general turning a pile of intel into a plan.
He's the guy who can talk to all of those people, understand them, and combine their strengths into a matrix none individually would have imagined.