James Felton Keith

The Data Union

James Felton Keith is currently President of The Data Union. Affectionately known as JFK, he is an award winning engineer and serial-entrepreneur that defined data as a natural resource in the book Personal Data: The People’s Asset Class.

JFK has incubated the data industry via his founding of the Data Trade Association and Personal Data Week conferences. He has either written or influenced all of the global cyber policy over the past 10 years. A serial-entrepreneur, he has founded 12 companies of which 5 were successful.

Most notably: Cyberfense, Accrue.com, Slay TV, and the LGBT Chamber. His expertise is in the ethnography of technology, or the study of the culture of tech. Over the past 20 years between 4 continents he has been obsessing about economic inclusion, and how to get equity in the hands of the people who have increasingly less, while the world becomes more productive from their input.

JFK was the 1st Black representative of the LGBT community to run for US Congress. He says “it’s necessary to have the mind of a CEO and the heart of a Social Worker to solve real people problems”. James has been appointed to the cabinet of Elected Officials, taken over for and advised CEOs, Academics, and Non-profiteers.

Keith currently serves on advisory boards at Rutgers University and the Democratic National Committee. He is a frequent keynote at global venues like the United Nations, Future Tech Congress, Money 20/20, and Hope Global Forums to name a few. Most recently he was honored as an IBM Global Entrepreneur, one of the UN’s International Young Leaders Assembly members, the United Kingdom’s Technology & Investment Financial Technology Delegation, the US Department of Homeland Security's Commitment to Diversity, and multiple 40 under 40 notices.