Karl Muth is an inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, traveler, writer, commentator on economic and social issues, auto enthusiast, and student.He
has traveled to over thirty countries on five continents.
has been interviewed by a wide range of media including the Wall Street Journal
, The Chicago Tribune
, The Chicago Journal
, and many others.His
opinions, interviews, and comments have appeared in periodicals ranging from Dazed and Confused in the UK to Sports Car International in the U.S.He
appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show in April of 2006 and appears in Jamie Johnson's film, "The One Percent," which premiered at the 2006 TriBeCa Film Festival.
resides in downtown Chicago with his
girlfriend, Jennifer, and two cats: Mr. Pants and Tuscan.
Inventions.In mid-2004, Muth
first patent application.Filed in July of that year, the patent deals with improvements that can be made to projectiles for use in firearms in order to improve the external ballistics of the projectile.Muth flew to Washington, D.C. to meet with the patent examiner handling the application and worked closely with Allan Fanucci of Winston & Strawn.
has visited over a dozen auto factories in the U.S. and Europe.He
has also studied the management of the German auto companies, particularly that of Volkswagen
during Ferdinand Piëch's tenure as Chairman.Some of the vehicles he
has owned over the past several years are featured in the cars section of the website.
grew up in Chicago area and attended public schools until age sixteen.In 1998, Muth
moved to Europe, living primarily in Paris but also traveling extensively, including trips to England, Sweden, Jordan, Hungary, Lebanon, Israel, and Morocco.Upon his return to the United States, he took on the issue of education and co-founded the Self Education Foundation, the first 501(c)(3) organization designed to fund a wide variety of groups interested in self-education such as home-schoolers, drop-outs, incarcerated self-educators, independent media-makers and distributors, and community organizers.
two years on the board of the Self Education Foundation
raised tens of thousands of dollars for the organization and helped introduce other philanthropists to the special issues facing the organization's diverse constituency.
In 2000, Muth
studied in London.After moving back to the U.S., Muth
focused on developing revenue models for 501(c)(3) organizations that would offer a wider variety of revenue sources and increase the likelihood for long-term sustainability.In 2002, Muth attended the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brasil and met Atom Constantino, with whom he co-founded Channel G. Channel G was the first 501(c)(3) organization designed to create a television and online brand focused on raising capital for health, environmental, and social projects from small donors.
By allowing donors to make high-impact, small donations earmarked for project-level funding, Channel G
created an unprecedented opportunity for sub-$500 donors who normally have little power to guide their donations or observe their donations' effects.In June of 2005, Muth
stepped down from his
full-time position as Financial Director of Channel G
, but remains involved as a board member.
In late 2004, Muth
applied to law schools and was accepted to the John Marshall Law School in Chicago
, Illinois.In 2006, he
was a semifinalist in the Dean Fred F. Herzog Moot Court Competition and selected to compete in the ABA Appellate Advocacy Competition in New York.He
is expected to graduate from the Juris Doctor program in 2008.
In the fall of 2006, Muth
participated in the Directors Consortium
, a program co-hosted by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford Law School, and the Graduate School of Business of the University of Chicago