Creativity is most often cited as the highest desirable attribute of CEO’s and thought to be only attainable through DNA. We prove that creativity can not only be taught to everyone, but leveraged to solve significant business, government, research and employment challenges globally.
— Larry Cox, PhD, Early X Foundation


Our mission is to teach creativity and innovative problem-solving techniques to students, corporations, government agencies/research labs, NGO’s to enable them to solve many of the prodigious issues facing the world today.



Our purpose is to partner with for and non-profit entities to help them unleash proprietary creative problem-solving systems to grow personal, corporate and community employment, capital and human achievement.


The Early X Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was created by senior entrepreneurship faculty and management at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University – ranked by Forbes as one of the Top Ten Entrepreneurship Schools in America.  

In 2010, we ran a pilot program with UC Santa Barbara featuring four of their IP assets. Our Early X creative problem-solving process – eXathon - identified 135 new market-licensing opportunities – in one 6-hour session

In 2012 Early X launched and in January 2014, Early X had its IRS 501c3 application approved as a non-profit foundation. 

Early X had identified a unique patented software engine that was being promoted by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ( as a “Person of Interest” software.  But due to the federal sequester, the software was going nowhere.  Early X applied its “eXathon” creative problem-solving process to the software then called C.H.A.M.P.I.O.N. and within 90-minutes had identified 70 commercial vertical market opportunities for licensing.

 The next step was obvious, Early X formed a for-profit company – Champion Technology Company, Inc. - negotiated an exclusive all fields global license with Battelle Memorial Institute who manages the lab for the Dept. of Energy. To date, nearly $3MM in seed funds have been raised, the inventor and key staff from the lab have been hired to prepare Champion for commercial applications

The initial commercial application is Cyber Security and called DarkLight. It is currently being sold into government and commercial entities.  DarkLight is completely unique on the cyber security war front.  As Artificial Intelligence (AI) software it “thinks and reasons” like a human analyst.  It is a paradigm shift away from just building digital walls for cyber protection to leveraging human enterprise knowledge at massive scale and speed.