Russell Brand

Founder & Managing Director

Russell Brand is the founder and Managing Director of Responsible Solutions, Ltd. He has made significant contributions to open-source adoption, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and entrepreneurship.

Russell was among the first to bring open-source software to government agencies and large corporations.  His work led to hundreds of millions of dollars of savings for American taxpayers, improved the profitability of Fortune 100 companies, and enhanced the offerings of both. His methodologies are still in place 30 years later.

His work in artificial intelligence was used to generate, maintain, and verify thousands of software systems. Many are critical to infrastructure and public safety. The majority of Americans still rely on these programs for 40 years. His work was featured as the cover story of the prestigious Communications of the ACM. Russell currently serves as a fractional Chief AI Officer, outside expert, and independent reviewer for artificial intelligence projects for startups and established companies.

Russell was involved in finding and neutralizing the first Internet worm. An independent study by the GAO was dedicated to the advantages of his methods over others in use. Russell advised the domestic and NATO nuclear weapons programs on cybersecurity. He developed some of the earliest cybersecurity educational materials, and his advice led to the creation of the first national computer emergency response resources.

Russell has advised thousands of early-stage companies, participated and led due diligence committees, been an active member of angel groups, and while no longer an active investor, has in the past personally invested in many of them. He is among the top-rated mentors on all six continents.

He is the first author of the Amazon best-seller “Turning Ideas Into Impact: Insights from 16 Silicon Valley Consultants.” In this book, he explains how consulting practices can apply to their own pricing the same methods that he has successfully used for maximizing corporate valuation. In the first weeks after his publication, many successful, experienced consulting groups have said that for the first time people can understand the true value of their work.

Russell received his graduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley. His research group produced the widely used Postgres database system. He made early introductions of computer hackers to national defense individuals. That collaboration led to the first systematic cataloging of computer vulnerabilities. In addition to his work in computer science, he also studied molecular anthropology and industrial microbiology.

He received his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There he was among the youngest members of the DARPA supported Laboratory for Computer Science. He was an active member of the Alpha Phi Omega and Technology Community Association service organizations, an officer in the Eta Kappa Nu honor society, and an active member of the Tau Beta Pi honor society. He was among the youngest journal reviewers for IEEE’s Potentials journal and published a critically influential letter in IEEE’s Social Implications of Technology.

One of the social groups he created called First Tuesdays was described on the front page of the Wall St. Journal as the “Premier Salon” of Silicon Valley. Another, known as Kabuki West is credited with the introductions leading to the formation of companies, nonprofits, and even marriages. He has supported world championship academic teams by hosting events where otherwise inaccessible experts could critique and improve their works in progress.

Throughout his life, Russell has been known for providing sage, honest, patient, but very direct advice that has been transformative for agencies, projects, and individuals. Often being the first and only person to be able to understand the nature of complex situations. He can be counted upon to provide high-leverage insights, advice, and introductions that make a difference and bring success within reach.

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