About

Hi, my name is Evan Rapoport. I’m a nature lover, world traveler, and creative problem solver. I have an entrepreneurial mindset and view the world with childlike wonder and curiosity. I really enjoy learning and building bridges between worlds. In my career, I have co-founded and launched many new projects at Google, X (formerly Google X), Oceankind (conservation philanthropy), and small tech startups.

Interested in working with me?

  • I consult with impact-focused, innovative organizations (from startups to Fortune 500 companies to non-profits and foundations), helping them evaluate and advance their audacious new ideas.
  • I mentor highly-motivated leaders (especially those in times of transition) with a track record showing their passion for leaving this world better than they found it.

Whether you’re working on something at global scale, focused on your own community, or filling a critical niche a world away, you are facing daunting challenges and you don’t need to do this alone. There are well-trodden approaches here that will give you a much higher likelihood of success on your journey.

Please contact me to learn more. I offer free 15-minute consultations to help us figure out if there’s a good fit.

Work Experience

I have over 15 years of experience inventing, rapidly evaluating, and advancing new technologies across many fields. See my LinkedIn profile for more details.

  • X (formerly Google X), as a co-founder and Project Lead for Tidal, a moonshot to protect the ocean and feed humanity sustainably
  • X, as a Rapid Evaluator of new moonshots, mostly related to food production and consumer electronics
  • Oceankind (an ocean conservation org funded by an ultra-high net worth family), as the founding CEO to bring “moonshot thinking” into philanthropy
  • Google Maps, as a Product Manager for Street View where I started and launched many new photography and camera products leveraging machine learning, computer vision, and community-building

I’ve taught dozens of workshops for thousands of people about innovation and “moonshot thinking” to turn ideas into reality. I’ve spoken at the United Nations, presented to C-level exec’s at Fortune 500 companies, collaborated with the leads of many of the world’s largest foundations and non-profit organizations, and advised dozens of startups.

I’ve given numerous talks at top universities to help people use unique approaches to find happiness in their careers and navigate times of major transition. I’ve also written some popular articles on these topics (e.g., “The 10-Second Resume” and “Converting Dumb Luck to Fortune“, which was published in National Geographic).

I hold ten software and hardware patents and have published seven peer-reviewed journal articles.

Before my years in Silicon Valley, I worked at high tech R&D startups in Honolulu, Hawaii, mostly on wearable functional brain imaging systems for cognitive state detection and assisting disabled people (funded by DARPA, ONR, and NSF).

You can find me on LinkedIn, Instagram, Medium, and Twitter.