Innovation for Jobs

Innovation for Jobs

i4j Menlo Park: Gene Lim

“You have a unique culture where students, mentors, and thought leaders working at companies and other organizations come together and they’re really communal about it, they collaborate together.”

Gene Lim, CEO of the May12 social Marketing agency

  • Challenges faced by entrepreneurs
    • Mentorship
    • Peer to peer network
    • Access
    • Collaborative Opportunities
  • What makes an entrepreneurs
    • Aspiration to fulfill
    • Tenacity
    • Persistence
  • Countries can create their own Silicon Valley
  • The collaborative atmosphere of Silicon Valley makes it an effective environment for innovation
  • The collaborative atmosphere of Silicon Valley doesn’t eliminate competitiveness between entrepreneurs
  • The world is moving towards a kind of uniform awareness and culture but not to the extent that individual cultures will be erased

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Summary by Darius Mianji

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David Nordfors

David Nordfors is CEO and co-founder of IIIJ and the chair of the i4j Summit. He was previously co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Communication at Stanford University. He was one of the World Economic Forum Innovation 100 in 2009, and has served on WEF Global Agenda Councils. He serves on advisory boards of the Poynter Institute, Discern Investment Analytics and Black & Veatch. He is an adjunct professor at IDC Herzliya in Israel, a visiting professor at Tallinn University, the Tecnologico de Monterrey, and the Deutsche Welle Akademie. He was advisor to the Director General at VINNOVA, the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems, where he co-initiated the national Swedish Incubator System and set up a bi-national R&D fund between Sweden and Israel for mobile applications. He was Director of Research Funding of the Knowledge Foundation, KK-stiftelsen, administering an endowment of $300MUSD, building a funding framework underwriting over a hundred innovation initiatives between universities and industry. He initiated and headed the first hearing about the Internet to be held by the Swedish Parliament. He has a Ph.D. in physics from the Uppsala University and did his postdoc in Theoretical Chemistry in Heidelberg, Germany.