Bret Swanson is president of Entropy Economics LLC, a strategic insight firm specializing in technology, innovation, and the global economy; and president of Entropy Capital, a firm that invests in both public companies and private technology ventures. He is also a scholar at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute’s technology research program, where contributes to AEI’s TechPolicyDaily.com.
For eight years Swanson advised technology investors as executive editor of the Gilder Technology Report and later was a senior fellow at The Progress & Freedom Foundation, where he directed the Center for Global Innovation.
Swanson presents his research on the growth of the Internet around the globe, writes a column for Forbes.com, and often contributes to the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal on topics ranging from broadband networks to globalization to monetary policy.
Swanson is a trustee and vice-chair of the Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS), the state’s $29 billion pension fund. He is also a member of the Lumina Foundation’s Innovation Advisory Council.
Among other research, he has presented a new theory of the economic rise of China; projected an “exaflood” of Web video, leading to an estimated 56% compound annual growth of Internet traffic through the year 2015; exposed the deep monetary errors behind the crashes of both 2000 and 2008; and advanced a new concept linking information theory and entrepreneurial economics.
Swanson began his career as an aide to Sen. Richard Lugar and was then as an economic analyst for former Rep. Jack Kemp. He studied economics at Princeton University and now lives in Zionsville, Indiana, with his wife and four children.