Richard W. DeVaul Ph,D.

Rich is the founder and lead partner of HyperSolve.  Previously he oversaw early-stage innovation activities at X, the Moonshot Factory, starting and leading projects that created billions of dollars of enterprise value, including Project Loon.  He was also an early leader of  the Foghorn investigation into carbon-neutral synthetic fuels, and the Calcifer investigation into next-generation airships. He has worked on topics ranging from providing low-cost clean water and food in the developing world to grid-scale thermal energy storage to robotics, advanced machine learning, and climate change.  Rich was part of X’s executive leadership team and also dealt with issues of X governance, strategy, and organizational change. Rich is listed as an inventor on 73 issued US patents.

Prior to joining X in 2011, he worked in technology advancement at Apple, investigating new technologies, features and approaches.

He holds M.S. and Ph.D degree from MIT, and a B.A. in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University.

Rich writes on the topics of innovation, the social implications of technology, design thinking, and leadership. You can follow him on LinkedInMedium, and Twitter.