Saudi megacity NEOM announces advisory board with big names in tech including Sam Altman, Travis Kalanick, Mayashi Son and Marc Andreessen

Saudi $500 billion dollar high tech megacity NEOM that was announced last year has formed an advisory board, comprising of 18 members, it announced on Twitter yesterday.

The board is made up of experts from all around the world with some of the leading names in tech.

The list includes Uber’s co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick who is currently heading a real estate startup City Storage Systems, leading VC firm Andreessen Horowitz’s co-founder and general partner Marc Andreessen, Y Combinators’s president Sam Altman, Masayashi Son, CEO of Softbank, and Dan Doctoroff, CEO of Sidewalk, an Alphabet company that works with cities to build products addressing big urban problems.

Apparently, Apple’s Chief Design Officer, Jony Ive was also a part of an initial version of the list, as reported by international media but was later removed. The Twitter announcement by NEOM did not have his name.

Saudi is expected to share progress and more plans about the future of NEOM at the upcoming Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh later this month.

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