At the Intersection of Technology, Policy, and Markets

Over my career, I’ve had the good fortune to work in technology development (earned a few patents ‘back in the day’), policymaking (as a young staffer in the Reagan White House Science Office, today at the Manhattan Institute), and in venture capital (in a boutique tech fund). We live in challenging times but exciting times too, as America and the world sit at the precipice of the next great growth wave. One thing I’ve learned: pessimism is easy but optimism emerges from unraveling realities without blinders. The most exciting part of my job is talking to brilliant innovators and policymakers and sharing what I learn with audiences.

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Some Speaking Topics

America, Emerging Energy Superpower

Robots, Drones, Internet of Things

Smart Grids & Dumb Ideas

Technology Megatrends

Internet Infrastructure: Hidden & Booming

Innovation Deficit & Basic Research

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“Mark Mills is a gem!  Get him, if you can. He delivers original, substantive information in a way that charms and captivates… His ratings were the through the roof.”

Steve Forbes, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, Forbes

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“If you want a speaker who will inspire reflection and action among your audience – go with Mark Mills. He is clear and thought provoking.”

Thomas Fanning, Chairman & CEO, Southern Company

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Shale 2.0

Technology trends in energy and shale.

Broadcast on C-Span 2015

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Data Tsunami

Scale of data and its energy, infrastructure demands

TPPF on Zetabytes

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Work in the age of robots

Northwestern University 2018

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“He is so smart, it makes your head hurt. …Entertaining AND informative?  What a great combination.”

Bob Schoenberger, Chairman and CEO, Unitil Corp.

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My Work

Physicist, columnist, author, entrepreneur, board director, with a unique and innovative perspective on big trends in technology, markets, and policy, and on businesses realities.

Affiliations include: Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow, Northwestern University Faculty Fellow, Notre Dame Reilly Center Advisory Board. Consultant, tech advisor for venture companies and investors. columnist. Frequent guest on radio and cable news shows.

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Mills writes regularly for His articles have also appeared in many publications from the Wall Street Journal, to Investors Business Daily, Real Clear, and USA Today.

Research & Analysis

Research & Analysis

Mills explores technology, policy for the Manhattan Institute, and academic issues for Northwestern University’s Initiative for Manufacturing Science and Innovation.



Mills is a co-founder and strategic partner in Cottonwood Venture Partners, the nation’s first venture fund dedicated to software for the oil & gas and shale industries. He is also director of Nuburu, a laser company. Earlier, he was tech strategist in a boutique venture fund, and was Chairman & CTO of ICx Technologies through IPO.

TV & Radio

TV & Radio

Mills has been a guest on numerous cable TV news and various radio talks shows, including CNN, FOX, CNBC, and earlier PBS, NBC, ABC, and on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.



In Digital Cathedrals, Mills explores the imminent expansions of a new information infrastructure and the “Cloud” era.



Mills co-authored, The Bottomless Well, which rose to #1 in Amazon’s science category. Bill Gates said, “this is the only book I’ve ever seen that really explains energy.”



In Work and the Age of Robots, Mills explores and debunks “robophobia,” the fear that robots will takeover our future.