Kris Stuebs, Lexington, Kentucky – USA
Have you ever had that lightbulb moment, the idea that caused you to conceptualize something in your brain that was a better solution to a problem than anything else you had ever seen before, that great idea that would make you rich? What happened to that idea? Did you find out the concept already existed? Were you one that learned that that great idea had already failed? Did you begin to research what it would take to bring your idea to fruition, and just ended the dream and emptied the thought from your mind? Or were you one to design, create, finance, patent, market, and sell your idea to millions around the globe? I am one of the failed idea creators. I, however, let my ideas torment me. My little inventions sit on my desk, or bite at my thought process as I work each day. Seeing innovations of inventors and entrepreneurs literally daily in life, the personality that could bring a product has always fascinated me. Who are the people with these minds? How do they think? What is the intangible that separates them from most other humans walking on terra firma? For me, that query was answered earlier this year, when, just a few months ago, I spent a weekend with one of the top inventors in America, and truly in the world, Jovan Hutton Pulitzer.
For the record regarding the world of inventors, there have been approximately 11,188,000 patents granted by the United States Patent Office to date. This means the odds of any one person having a granted patent is about 1 person in every 698 people alive. An even more astounding number is that only 181,239 of those 11 million patents granted make money. That’s right, the math shows that only 1.68% of all patents make money. Now you’re getting the idea of just how hard it is to see the future and what can be monetized and turned into a viable business. Yet, of that 1.68% who achieve pantentdom, only .005% ever turn their inventions in a historic legacy.
It was a new technology never attempted before and I was part of the historic meeting to see it unveiled. The meeting was part of a project that Pulitzer was willing to spearhead. The curiosity of who Jovan was and what I was about to discover was personally, extremely high. Who is this man who created the connectivity of the QR code, the responsive (auto formatting) website design platform, UPC scanning apps, made your EZ Pass toll booth devices auto link to your credit card, so you never had to accurately toss coins from a moving cars, and most anything else in the physical world that is linked to the digital realm by the process of scanning? Certainly, there was the fleeting thought that Pulitzer might be reclusive, unwilling to talk about much outside the realm of the subject he made the trip for, awkward in some or many ways. However, after the personal effects were safely stored in the back of the car, the passenger seat occupied, and the seatbelt fastened, Jovan Pulitzer quickly quashed each of those possibilities. The man who some consider a bit of a mad scientist, or a bit of a bird of a different feather, is perhaps better described as the personification of Dr. Emmett Brown of Back To The Future fame. Certainly, it was immediately evident that the humor behind the mind of Pulitzer was much like that Doc Brown, as Pulitzer finds it hard to miss an opportunity to crack a joke or exercise brilliant wit. But it didn’t take long to see that the mind of this brilliant futurist literally never rests.
When we met for dinner, the menu was presented in the now familiar touchless version diners find on their smart phones by scanning a QR code on the middle or edge of the restaurant table. There was a bit of an insane juxtaposition of using that code as I had done countless times in the year prior to this literally sitting alongside the guy that conceptualized the tech made it happen. I had to ask him what it is like to use his own innovation. He replied, “It’s really not something I think about. The things I create and bring to the consumer are not about me. They are about making life easier. So, when I use it, and it made that moment in time streamlined and efficient, it is really just a fleeting ‘mission accomplished’ moment, if there is even a thought that crosses my mind at that point at all.”
The visit with Jovan Pulitzer happened over a couple of days, which included some time showing him the classic sights of our beautiful slice of America, the Kentucky bluegrass. However, while Kentucky Derby champions, and other multimillion-dollar equine athletes were interesting to this beautiful mind, the thoughts and questions Jovan would discuss were always redirected toward something that could be innovated, or things he saw that were amazing…. but not amazing enough. The business at hand and purpose of the trip immediately turned into opportunities that would certainly be pursued at another time. After all, what does a futurist do but continually keep moving forward in every way?
There sits in my office a book Jovan gave me. It is basically his life’s body of work, or a resume of sorts. But envision, a book printed in eight and a half by eleven format, with five hundred seventy-five pages, that is about an inch and a half think. This book is greater than a ream of printer paper, and each and every page is filled with Pulitzer’s work. Taking the “lottery draw” and opening this book to a random page, I discover that Jovan is the mind behind visual caller ID on telecommunications devices. The next page turn lands me in the middle of his innovations in the medical industry, this time, a patent for a therapeutic treatment kit for allergies based on DNA profiles. While we had dinner, reading the menu off our phones using his tech, he shared that he had just completed the patent process on a test to help doctors determine the type of chemotherapy to use on a cancer patient that specifically targets the individual’s specific cancer. The test, no bigger than a stick of gum, would certainly streamline the cancer treatment process and save lives.
It took a little time learning more about the mind behind the man to ask few other personal questions, but not long ago, I asked him a question that was posed to Rush Limbaugh. Rush was asked if he could have the brain of any other human, whose would it be, even if only for a day. For Rush, he ended up on sharing half his brain with Charles Krauthammer, but only for a day. For Pulitzer, the question was a new one, but the answer wasn’t difficult. He said, “You know, there is one thing that I want to do when I step away from everything I’m doing and perhaps look at retirement. I would like to help to create a technology platform which could help solve missing persons cases. Fifty-thousand people go missing every year in America and investigators don’t use the full capabilities of technology today. I would like to change that. So, I would like to someday meet the men who pioneered some of processes used to do investigative work, specific the guys who cracked the code of profiling prolific serial killers and finding the common threads. There are just a few of them, but that is body of work I admire and people I would like to get to meet someday.”
Pulitzer, this modern day “Doc Brown”, doesn’t see or use something he is not contemplating ways to make it better. It became clear, the mind that can create a portfolio of patents that runs the world thinks in completely different ways than nearly anyone can imagine. In the summer of 2021, Pulitzer is like a cruise missile, locked on a target of technical innovation he promises will save freedom and liberty around the world. After the 2020 election, he has focused nearly every waking moment studying, discovering, and solving problems found by many different individuals in the voting process. What this not-so-mad scientist has innovated in his mind is a voting system that would be not only completely based upon paper ballots, but it would be unhackable, one hundred percent accurate, instantly auditable, and cost a fraction of the cost states in the U.S. incur to conduct an election. Pulitzer maintains this system is not only possible, but there is also a chance voters could see it before the next major election.
For me the meeting I had with Pulitzer was amazing. Not only did I personally learn more than I thought was possible in that short time, but I was also left with hope and anticipation. There is hope for people that he can help in the realms of healthcare, simple tech, and now government. But there is now anticipation as to what this amazing mind will create next. When he left, on the ride to the airport, he set me on my own path of following through with a couple of those ideas I let bounce around in my own head. He taught me that the ideas are worth the cultivation and seeing them materialize is sometimes not a whole lot more than faith and that ability to, as Walt Disney always said, to “keep moving forward”.
Anticipation into what Jovan Pulitzer is doing next is never far from being satisfied. He shares his work on many platforms such as Telegram, Twitter, Facebook, MeWe, YouTube, and others. Follow him on these platforms. Inspire yourself, indulge your creative mind, or just enjoy the ride through innovation with the inventor, influencer, and futurist – the modern-day Dr. Emmett Brown, powering through ideas with a mind seemingly powered by a one hundred twenty-one gigawatt flux capacitor – Jovan Hutton Pulitzer.