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About the Author
In 2008, he began developing with Meir Laufer the concept of a giant Ferris wheel in New York City modeled after the London Eye. The New York Wheel, under a public-private partnership with the City of New York, as of November 2016 is half constructed and capitalized with $610 million of private money. In April 2018 the New York Wheel is scheduled to open in Staten Island, NYC.
During the Internet's early days, Kaufman also launched WorldWide Network Magazine as a B2B and a B2C link. By 1992, he incorporated in the magazine a computer bulletin board known as Global Electronic Marketplace (GEM), which was the forerunner of Google, AOL and eBay.
Kaufman learned of the concept of "climate resilience" in September 2012 during an event in Manhattan. Following Superstorm Sandy, he along with Ellie Sugarman, Joaquin Matias and James-Robert Sellinger, formed The Natural Resilience Foundation as a 501(c) (3) public charity in August 2013 to advocate and develop financing strategies to safeguard life, real estate and critical infrastructure from the effects of extreme weather patterns.
Kaufman has an A.B. in Psychology from Vassar College and an MBA from the Wharton School, with a Marketing concentration and a minor in Finance. He now resides in Austin, Texas.
Joaquin F. Matias, co-author and editor of A Call to Action: How to Save Millions of Lives, is an attorney, public management executive experienced in government, higher education and nonprofit, private and entrepreneurial sectors.
He is committed to advancing
He is also a Partner at City Strategy Group, LLC,
where as the Chief Strategy Officer, he is developing initiatives that promote innovation and public / private initiatives to rebuild urban communities and cities into desirable sustainable and resilient locations.
Matias is a member of the New York Bar with an A.B. and M.P.A. from Harvard University and J.D. from Northeastern University.