Taro Gold

Taro Gold is the author of several New York Times best-selling books including "Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: A Book of Eastern Wisdom" and "Living Wabi Sabi: The True Beauty of Your Life." He has lived and worked around the globe including Palo Alto, CA, where he has co-founded several successful technology firms, as well as Tokyo, Japan where he is a singer-songwriter and producer.

Gold has written for numerous newspaper and magazine publications, including The Advocate, World Tribune, Living Buddhism, and Parabola. He has spent much of his life abroad, traveling to more than 30 countries and living in Australia, Spain, Mexico, and Japan.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics, Philosophy and Psychology from Soka University of Tokyo. After returning to the United States to study at UCLA for his Master of Fine Arts, he co-founded eVoice, a Silicon Valley startup that was acquired by AOL, and later Teleo, which was acquired by Microsoft. Gold has been an angel investor in a variety of other startups including IronPort, an email security provider acquired by Cisco Systems in 2007, and LiveOps, Inc., one of America’s largest work-at-home call centers with more than 20,000 agents employed.

As a child and teen, Taro performed in Broadway musicals including Peter Pan, March of the Falsettos, and the first national touring company of Evita. In Japan, he is known for his popular J-pop album titled “The Diamond You.”

Taro’s philanthropic endeavors include the endowment of a named scholarship at Soka University of America, support for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and private sponsorship of underprivileged students in South America.