Joshua Ness profile

Hi, I'm Joshua Ness. I help companies bridge the gap between disruptive technologies and real-world applications.

I'm a Director of Emerging Technologies and an expert in Digital Transformation, Ecosystem Growth, and Enterprise Solutions.

We all know that technology moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. 

C-level leaders across industries have a lot going on, and they need help understanding the edge of what’s possible through next-gen digital transformation in order to drive innovation and growth.

That's where I come in, helping them identify and define innovative technologies that move their business or investment thesis forward, especially by:

  • conducting workshops for C-level leaders to explore and understand the latest trends in emerging technologies
  • collaborating closely with leadership teams to create comprehensive technology innovation roadmaps
  • translating innovative technologies into practical applications by advising on their integration into existing business processes
  • building and managing global innovation ecosystems that enhance a company's position in the emerging technology landscape, and enabling collaborative co-creation initiatives


I'm also a Director with Startup Grind, the world’s largest community of startups, founders, and innovators. With a global network of emerging startups, I've cultivated relationships with successful entrepreneurs, investors, and other influential figures in the tech industry. I lead a team that:

  • hosts high-quality events each month for founders and investors
  • curates relevant content that reflects emerging trends, innovative technologies, and market insights
  • facilitates meaningful connections between entrepreneurs, investors, tech talent, and service providers
  • stays on top of the latest trends and developments in the venture capital space, especially within the technology sector


Previously, I spent six years as a leader on Verizon's 5G Labs team, developing solutions across enterprise sectors for industries like healthcare, manufacturing and retail, as well as consumer areas like gaming, sports, and media.

Some results I'm particularly proud of:

  • Sourced and selected 125 startups from 1,500+ to develop high-impact 5G products in competitive, rapidly evolving environments
  • Represented technology team in Corporate Venture Capital term sheet negotiations with startup partners
  • Built and led a team to design & execute product accelerators delivering 12 commercial outputs
  • Developed KPIs, technical pathways, and metrics reporting for R&D team outputs into 35 commercial products (2 patents awarded!!)
  • Partnered w/ 7 NGOs + Fortune 100s to create research-driven strategies, objectives, and delivery of social impact technologies


But work isn't everything! I'm also...

  • the organizer of Texpats, a meetup group for Texans living in New York City
  • an avid sailor, racing and mentoring others who are new to the sport at the Manhattan Yacht Club
  • a member of the National Arts Club, serving on the Art & Technology Committee to explore the intersection of art and innovation


Let's chat! If you want to jam together on how technology is evolving and taking us along for the ride, give me a shout via email at