Barney Pell

Fellow, Creative Destruction Lab

Barney Pell is an advisor to Social Impact Capital.

Barney is the co-founder, Vice Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of Moon Express, the co-founder and Chairman of LocoMobi, and an Associate Founder of Singularity University. He was co-founder and CEO of Powerset, a pioneering natural language search startup that sold to Microsoft for $100 million in 2008. After the sale, Barney became a search strategist and architect for Microsoft’s Bing search engine.

Barney is a pioneer in the field of General Game Playing in Artificial Intelligence, and when he worked at NASA, Barney was the architect of the first intelligent agent to fly onboard and control a spacecraft. Barney received his BS degree in symbolic systems from Stanford, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was a National Merit Scholar. He earned a PhD in computer science from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar.