Innovation for Jobs

Innovation for Jobs

Robin Chase and others on the Sharing Economy

Robert Cohen

Fri Dec 11 2015 15:18:59 GMT-0500 (EST)

Curt Carlson

Sat Dec 12 2015 17:34:58 GMT-0500 (EST)

Very nice—thanks.
One of the challenges for sharing is convenience. There

Very nice—thanks.
One of the challenges for sharing is convenience. There is a great deal of “customer value” along that axis. One of the big worries about getting a taxi has always been, will I find one? The wait mattered but often not as much as the uncertainty. That has been largely addressed by Uber et al. But in many settings (shopping) even a 3 minute wait is seen as very inconvenient (lots of negative customer value). Singapore has an urban mobility project I review. Because they are so small, have no extra space, have an excellent infrastructure, and have a proactive government, they likely have the best setting in the world for broad use of autonomous, shared vehicles of various types. It ultimately would transform their infrastructure in a hot of positive ways. But even there it is not so easy.

Hi I4Jers,

You may not have seen this.


From: David A Nordfors [mailto:[…]]
Sent: Friday, December 11, 2015 12:30 PM
To: Elizabeth Isele […]
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Subject: Re: [i4j2015] i4j ECO Summit Jan 28-29 / only 15 seats left.

Hi Elizabeth, yes – the outward website is home made 🙂 We purchased a wordpress theme and modified it.


On Dec 10, 2015, at 5:40 PM, Elizabeth Isele […] wrote:

Fantastic – congratulations David, though I must say I'm not at all surprised.

Also, your outfacing website looks terrific. Did you create that internally at i4J?

ELIZABETH ISELE / Co-Founder: Senior Entrepreneurship Works<>
Senior Innovation Fellow, Babson College<>
Twitter:@SavvySrsWork<> Voice: 207.318.2446

On Thu, Dec 10, 2015 at 5:23 PM, David A Nordfors […] wrote:
The i4j ECO Summit is looking VERY GOOD!

We already have 75 stellar participants registered. We can host max 90. The remaining slots are for sponsors and showcasing entrepreneurs.

If you are interested in being a sponsor, get in touch!

Here are the links to the continuously updated program<> and to the outward facing website;<>
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i4j TM

The i4j ECO Summit
The Innovation-for-Jobs Ecosystem


JAN 28-29 2016




5B people are of working age. 3B want a job. 1.3B have one. 13% are engaged. Almost nobody has a job that fits them. Humanity creates a $100T world economy, running at a fraction of its capacity. If everybody had a job that fitted them, everyone would be much happier and humanity would be creating many times more value than today.

There is a >$100T market for innovations that help 5B people get jobs they love, capitalizing on their unique skills, talents and passions, matching people in great teams doing meaningful work.

At the i4j ECO Summit, entrepreneurs, funders, educators, policymakers and other leaders from the innovation-for-jobs ecosystem will be talking shop around the business of disrupting unemployment.

* Leaders/thought leaders from business, education, government, media and elsewhere
* Everyone is a participant, Nobody is titled “speaker”, because everybody is a speaker.
* Work meeting: Specially designed for interaction.
* Chatham House Rule Applies: Ideas can be shared. No attributions. Quotes only with permission from the source.
* Session types:

• Prepared talk (10 min)
• Lightning talk (4 min)
• Workshop pitch (4 min)
• Company pitch (4 min)
• Workshops (1 hour ca)
• One-on-One tables (10 min slots)




8:00 am

Breakfast and Registration

9:00 am

Welcome / Framing i4j
Chairs: Vint Cerf and David Nordfors
Executive Advisory Board: Monique Morrow – Cisco; Dane Stangler – Kauffman Foundation; Stefano Scarpetta – OECD (to be confirmed)

The i4j Book
i4j Book Managing Editor: Max Senges

i4j Analytics (10 min)

9:30 am

Prepared Talks/Papers 1 (2 * 10min)

* Allen Blue
* John Hagel

9:50 am

Lightning Talks 1 (4 * 4min)

* Christina Schultz, Upwork
* Banking (Annalie Killian)
* Jobs for the Future: Using Technology to Empower in the 21st Century Economy (Tess Posner)

10:15 am


10:45 am

Prepared Workshop Presentations 1 (8 * 4min)

11:15 am

Workshops 1 (8 parallel)

* Flipping the Union Peer-to-Peer Health Services & More (Philip Auerswald)
* Why Senior Entrepreneurship Is Not an Oxymoron (Elizabeth Isele)
* Discipline of Innovation (Curt Carlson)
* Maker Movement (Anna Waldman-Brown)
* The Unbundled Employee Model (Heather McGowan, Chris Shipley)
* Analytics (Jay Van Zyl, Noah Thorp, Dan Harple)

12:30 pm


2:00 pm

Prepared Talks/Papers (3 * 10min)

* Cities (Peter Hirshberg)
* Vivek Wadhwa
* Joon Yun (to be confirmed)

2:30 pm

Startup Pitches 1 (8 * 5min)
Moderators: Vint / David / Investor / Funder
• Senior Entrepreneurship Works
• Freeformers
• Samaschool
• Code And Canvas (to be confirmed)
• Horse's Mouth
• Yandiki<>
Large Companies/Investors/Funders
• Monique Morrow
• Yossi Vardi (to be confirmed)
• Roy Bahat

3:30 pm


4:00 pm

Workshop Presentations 2 (8 * 4min)

4:30 pm

Workshops 2 (8 parallel)

* Education (Esther Wojcicki, Jim Knight)
* Brian Rashid
* How to find your passion and meaning in life (Jessica Semaan, Leah Belsky)
* Perception, Unconscious Bias & Employment (Cosmin Gheorghe)
* John Mattison
* Ben Baldwin

One-to-One Tables – Companies/Funders

5:45 pm



8:00 am

Breakfast and Registration

9:00 am

Welcome back / i4j Berlin

9:15 am

Prepared Talks/Papers (3 * 10min)

* Henry Tirri
* What the emerging Creative Economy means for jobs (Steve Denning)

Startup presentations (10 * 4min)

10:30 am


11:00 am

Prepared Workshop Presentations 1 (8 * 4min)

11:30 am

Workshops 1 (8 parallel) / One-to-one tables – companies

* The People Centered Internet, the Maker Movement and Thinking Differently (Mei Lin Fung)
* Business models (Robert Cohen & Steve Denning)
* Jobs for the Future: Using Technology to Empower in the 21st Century Economy (Tess Posner)
* Cities (Peter Hirshberg)
* Emerging Economies (Deepa Prahalad)
* Patrick Llewellyn

12:45 pm


2:15 pm

Prepared Talks/Papers (3 * 10min)

* Idea of the potential economy (Guy Bieber)

2:45 pm


3:30 pm

Vint, David, Robin, Executive Partners.

3:45 pm


4-6 pm

Advisory Board Meeting
i4j Team + Partners/Sponsors/Advisors

Why Senior Entrepreneurship Is Not an Oxymoron
Workshop Leader: Elizabeth Isele
Today’s seniors are not rocking chairs – they're rocking the economy. It's time to stop thinking of this enormous demographic shift as a silver tsunami. It is a silver lining that will, if we learn how to optimize seniors' experience, yield golden dividends for individuals, their communities and the world. The ROI is huge. A recent study in Spain, revealed that for every €1 the government invests to mitigate the "retirement syndrome" it will receive a stunning €129 in return. Companies worldwide building multigenerational workforces are increasing productivity by a minimum of 20% and often significantly more. In the US, the UK, Ireland, and Australia, 50+ year olds are launching more startups than any other cohort and that five years after startup, 70% of ventures established by senior entrepreneurs are still in operation compared to 28% of enterprises established by younger entrepreneurs.

In this workshop attendees will learn about the ways in which our Experience Incubator™ catalyzes the life/work experience of 50+ year olds and the technology/social media experience of the young to ignite innovation. We are building these interactive learning workshops to develop the entrepreneurial mindset for individuals within corporations such as Ernst & Young, government agencies such as NASA, universities such as Oxford, and in countries from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, to Chile, Australia and Japan. We are fueling intergenerational experience to build better workplaces, boost business start-ups and jobs worldwide. Attendees will have an opportunity to flex their vision, creativity, resourcefulness and influence to fuel out-of-the-box thinking to determine how to strategically support and advance this unprecedented demographic opportunity to create an “experienced economy” locally and globally.

Business Models
Workshop Leader: Robert Cohen & Steve Denning
This workshop will explore new business models. This will include existing and new business models. It will include a few cases where these models are being tried and how they will affect business and jobs. The workshop will also discuss headlines on "acquiring the mindset," organizational culture change and the question of business goals. The workshop provide examples of such topics and discuss how they affect competitiveness and jobs.
Jobs for the Future: Using Technology to Empower in the 21st Century Economy
Workshop Leader: Tess Posner
Around 27 million workers—roughly one out of every six U.S. workers—are either unemployed or underemployed. At the same time, the internet and the rapid growth of the digital economy are creating unprecedented avenues for economic opportunity. Unfortunately, low-income and other marginalized groups are often disproportionately excluded. How can we ensure that the benefits of technology are shared, and create greater access and equity in the economy rather than leaving certain groups behind?
The People Centered Internet, the Maker Movement and Thinking Differently
Workshop Leader: Mei Lin Fung
"Through a combination of consumption and investment in physical capital, growing cities could inject up to $30 trillion a year into the world economy by 2025<>." Mobile Internet access is transforming all infrastructure and soon will affect many lives for better or worse. Many new businesses, careers and income producing jobs will be involved in the design and development, the financing and the digital transformation of cities. How can Silicon Valley companies, universities, social enterprises “think differently” to take advantage of the big shift? How can we join with governments, investors and the grassroots movements like the Maker's to usher in Internet of the people by the people for the people?

Perception, Bias & Identity: How Cultural Values and Beliefs Influence Employment
Workshop Leader: Cosmin Gheorghe
This is an interactive workshop in which participants will explore how a set specific values, beliefs, signs and symbols influence behavior, identity, hiring and employee relations.
How to find your passion and meaning in life
Workshop Leader: Jessica Semaan & Leah Belsky
Introducing the method that worked for thousands of people to find their passions and take action on them. Come experience it for yourself, and walk away with your passions, your life's meaning and a passion project. The Passion Co. method has been taught at Stanford, Harvard and over 12 cities around the world.

What the emerging Creative Economy means for jobs
Steve Denning
During 2015, I led a Learning Consortium for the Creative Economy (LC), a group of firms, including Microsoft, Ericsson, Riot Games, Magna International and Menlo Innovations, that conducted mutual site visits exploring the management practices that are emerging in the Creative Economy. The LC found a striking convergence towards a set of management goals, principles and values that are markedly different from the management practices of hierarchical bureaucracy that is still pervasive in large organizations today.The talk would summarize the findings and discuss the important implications that they have for jobs in the emerging Creative Economy.
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Vint Cerf<>, VP Google, co-founder i4j
David Nordfors<>, CEO/co-founder i4j
Monique Morrow<>, CTO – Evangelist for New Frontiers Development and Engineering, Cisco
Dane Stangler<>, Director of Research & Policy, Marion Ewing Kauffman Foundation
Stefano Scarpetta<>, Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (DELSA), OECD
Jacob Ziv<>, President Emeritus Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Anders Flodström<>, EdDirector EIT ICT Labs, President Em. KTH, co-founder i4j
Esther Wojcicki<>, Educator, Co-Chair Creative Commons
Sven Otto Littorin<>, CEO/Founder Serio, co-founder i4j, Swedish Minister for Employment 06-10
David Nordfors, CEO i4j
Robin Farmanfarmaian, i4j ECO Summit president
Tammy Chan, i4j Director of Operations


1. Andrea Held, Program Manager, Google
2. Anna Waldman-Brown, Maker Advocate, Autodesk
3. Annalie Killian<>, Director/SVP Innovation<>, Communication, Social Business, AMP Ltd
4. Ben Baldwin<>, Founder, ClearFit
5. Benjamin Glenn, Partner, Shay Glenn, LLP
6. Bipin Sahni, Head of Innovation and R&D, Wells Fargo & Co.
7. Bob Cohen, Senior Fellow, Economic Strategy Institute
8. Brian Rashid<>, Motivational Speaker, Author, and Communications Trainer, Brian Rashid Inc.
9. Chris Shipley<>, Co-founder and CEO, Guidewire Group
10. Christina Schultz , Public Relations Specialist, Upwork
11. Christoph Chazot, Group Head of Innovation, HSBC
12. Cosmin Gheorghe, Culture Influencer, @CulturesWise
13. Curt Carlson<>, Founder and CEO, Practice of Innovation
14. Dan Harple<>, CEO & Managing Director, Shamrock Ventures B.V.
15. Dave Kucera, CEO, Innosect
16. David Nordfors<77716d6f1a2f865c2d1a036d049434a51d0fdc26>, CEO, i4j
17. Davis Jones, Production and Distribution Lead,<>
18. Deepa Prahalad, CEO, Anuvaa LLC
19. Derek Ozkal<>, Program Officer, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
20. Devin Cook, Executive Producer, Inclusive Innovation Competition (MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy)
21. Elizabeth Isele<>, Founder and President, Senior Entrepreneurship Works
22. Esther Dyson, Chairman, Health Initiative Coordinating Council
23. Esther Wojcicki<37e5913e40c715dd4e61555555e8c929e14ab01a>, Founder, Palo Alto High Media Arts
24. Felix Velarde<>, Chairman, Underwired
25. Gi Fernando, Founder, Freeformers
26. Greg Beitchman<>, VP, Content and Partnerships, CNN
27. Guy Bieber, Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation, Citrix
28. Heather McGowan<>, Consultant- Strategic Advisor, HE MCGOWAN
29. Henry Oh<>, VP, Business Development, Tenjin
30. Henry Tirri<>, President and Founder, Beaivi LLC
31. Ilya Levtov<>, Co-Founder and CEO, Craft<>.co
32. Jay Van Zyl<>, Founder, Innosect
33. Jeannie Kim-Han, , jkh Consulting Inc
34. Jeff Saperstein, Professor/Owner, Hult International Business School/Jeff Saperstein & Associates
35. Jessica Semaan<>, Founder, The Passion Co.
36. Jim Knight<>, Chief Education Adviser, TES Global Limited
37. John Hagel<>, Co-Chairman, Center for the Edge, Deloitte & Touche
38. John Mattison<>, CMIO, Assistant Medical Director, Kaiser Permanente
39. Joon Yun<>, Asst. Medical Director, and Chief Medical Information Officer in Southern California Region, Kaiser Permanente
40. Kathryn Hume, President, Palo Alto Investors
41. Laura Merling, Director of Sales and Marketing, Fast Forward Labs
42. Leah Belsky<>, Senior Vice President, Kaltura Inc.
43. Leila Toplic, Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer, LRNG
44. M T Rainey, Founder, Horse’s Mouth
45. Manuel Campos, Founder, Adopta Un Deportista
46. Martin Wasserman, Producer, director and host, Midpeninsula Community Media Center
47. Max Senges<>, Responsible for Multistakeholder Cooperations, Google
48. Mei Lin Fung<>, Founding Member, Secretariat at Digital Dividends
49. Michelle Dervan<>, Director Strategic Partnerships, Pearson Education
50. Monique Morrow<93a1a6042a4420c44effd2fc3fa0888780734380>, CTO-Evangelist New Frontiers Development and Engineering, Cisco
51. Naomi Fein<> , CEO,<>
52. Nathana O’Brien, Intellectual Property Associate, Gunderson Dettmer
53. Noah Thorp, Co-Founder, Citizen Code
54. Patrick Llewellyn<>, Chief Executive Officer, 99designs
55. Paul Brooks, Founder and Managing Director, Revealed Capital
56. Paula Salomaa, Community Manager, Nordic Innovation House
57. Peter Hirshberg<>, CEO, The Re:imagine Group
58. Phil Auerswald, Founding Executive Director, Global Entrepreneurship Research Network
59. Robin Farmanfarmaian<>, President, i4j ECO Summit
60. Roy Bahat, Head, Bloomberg Beta
61. Silvina Moschini, Co-founder, Yandiki
62. Steve Denning<>, Author, Independent Management Consulting Professional
63. Tammy Chan<>, Director of Operations, i4j
64. Tess Posner<>, Managing Director, Samaschool
65. Valentina Morigi, Chief Financial Officer, Tensive
66. Vint Cerf<72ff4448065e9ffeb9b61d420c863cddc394434d>, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
67. Vivek Wadhwa<>, Fellow, Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University
68. Wingham Rowan<>, Director, Beyond Jobs
69. Yassi Moghaddam, Executive Director, International Society of Service Innovation Professionals







Andrea Held

Program Manager


Anna Waldman-Brown

Maker Advocate

Anna Waldman-Brown works with Autodesk, the Fab Lab network, and grassroots innovators across 50+ countries to foster creative problem-solving and sustainable development. She advises policy-makers on supporting local hardware ecosystems through the Maker Movement— including government representatives from the United States, India, Taiwan, Iceland, Ghana, Colombia, and Germany. She co-organized the public Fab Fest for the annual fab lab conferences in Barcelona and Boston, as well as the first Maker Fest in India. She is a Fulbright fellow and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics and Writing from MIT. When not consulting abroad, she is building an eco-village of DIY houses in a Northern California parking lot.


Annalie Killian

Director/SVP Innovation, Communication, Social Business

Annalie Killian builds bridges between the future and the present to help corporations and people anticipate, adapt and thrive. A leader who liberates creative imagination, appetite and desire for change and accelerates innovation, she helps decisionmakers understand how technology disrupts business models, and how to adapt quickly and lead people to and through change…<62481bda5ce91941603c1f8e5e25c5637156855c>


Ben Baldwin


Ben Baldwin is the founder of ClearFit: predictive analytics for hiring that shows who will succeed at which job and why, in a single step. Ben’s 17 years experience includes founding two successful software companies focused on innovation for hiring, training and job creation. Ben and his work have been profiled in many publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Fortune. He holds multiple patents, is an advisory board member of the Drucker Institute and a member of the i4j Innovation for Jobs Summit which is focused on ‘disrupting unemployment.’ Ben is also a columnist for Inc. Magazine, startup mentor for The Wall Street Journal, Extreme Startups, Ryerson Digital Media Zone and past board member of the global Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO/YEO). Ben is focused on startup growth, job creation, training and community building.

Shay Glenn, LLP

Benjamin Glenn


Wells Fargo & Co.

Bipin Sahni

Head of Innovation and R&D

Bipin Sahni is the head of Innovation and R&D for Wells Fargo’s Wholesale Services Group. He and his team drive innovation and explore emerging technologies to help Wells Fargo better serve its corporate customers. Bipin also co-leads the Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator, a program that mentors and invests in innovative companies. Please visit the Startup Accelerator at<>

Economic Strategy Institute

Bob Cohen

Senior Fellow

Robert B. Cohen, PhD, has created projects to demonstrate how innovative cloud technologies can be employed by businesses and service providers. Over the past three years, he served as the Director of the Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council of the TM Forum, an industry organization. He is also a fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute, a Washington-based think tank. He developed New York State’s high tech strategy for Governor Mario Cuomo and was secretary of the state’s High Tech Advisory Council. He was a founding member of the Internet Society and helped establish NYSERNet, New York State’s part of NSFnet.

Brian Rashid Inc.

Brian Rashid

Motivational Speaker, Author, and Communications Trainer

Brian Rashid is a TEDx speaker and weekly writer for Forbes Magazine. He is the creator of the globally delivered speech, “It’s Your Hour,” which focuses on the future of work, entrepreneurship, and innovation for individuals, organizations, and corporations.

Guidewire Group

Chris Shipley

Co-founder and CEO

She is co-founder and CEO of Guidewire Group, a technology services firm focusing exclusively on early-stage technology ventures. Shipley consults with emerging technology companies around the world to identify market opportunities and accelerate business growth. At Guidewire Group, Shipley was instrumental in creating the first social media conference, BlogOn, held at University of California at Berkeley in 2005. She is widely acknowledged for popularizing the term social media.<>


Christina Schultz

Public Relations Specialist

As a public relations specialist, I am part of a global communications team that raises awareness for Upwork. Responsible for international agency management and overseeing a wide variety of PR projects, including campaign development, media relations, content creation and event support.


Christoph Chazot

Group Head of Innovation

Christophe Chazot is Group Head of Innovation for HSBC, leading teams responsible for Strategic Innovation Investment, investing in disruptive companies, the Innovation Strategy team that identifies and analyses themes that are key to HSBC’s future, and the Innovation Centre that organises the internal initiatives including incubation. Christophe has over 20 years experience across all the major asset classes in Capital Markets. He joined HSBC in 2005 as Global Head of Equity Derivatives. He was promoted to Co-Head of Global Equities in 2008 and was made a member of the Global Markets Executive Committee in the same year. In 2012, he became Head of Strategy and Planning for Global Banking and Markets.


Cosmin Gheorghe

Culture Influencer

Practice of Innovation

Curt Carlson

Founder and CEO

I was President and CEO of SRI International in Silicon Valley from 1998 to 2014. During this time SRI's revenue tripled and SRI became recognized as one of the world's most productive innovation enterprises, having helped create Siri, HDTV, Intuitive Surgical, and many other world-changing innovations. I started my career at RCA and then GE before joining SRI. I have formed a management consulting group, The Practice of Innovation (TPI), to share with companies, governments, and universities what I have learned about innovation, education, and economic development.

Shamrock Ventures B.V.

Dan Harple

CEO & Managing Director

Dan Harple is the managing director of Shamrock Ventures, B.V., which is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has been a technology entrepreneur for more than 20 years, having founded and built technologies, companies, and products that have been used by billions of Internet users.


Dave Kucera


Executive, startup founder, investor, mentor. 18-year track record of success within finance, technology, and startup environments.


David Nordfors


David Nordfors is CEO and co-founder of IIIJ and the co-chair of the i4j Summit together with Vint Cerf. 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.<>

Davis Jones

Production and Distribution Lead

Mr. Jones leads Eazl an educational content company. His team successfully raised $40,000 in seed funding for the project, cultivated a community of 26,000 during it’s pilot launch, and was accepted into Stanford’s startup lab StartX and the Sprout mentorship program through the Bay Area innovation hub SoCo Nexus.

Anuvaa LLC

Deepa Pralahad


Deepa Prahalad Abhyankar is an author, business strategist and consultant specializing in opportunities at the intersection of consumer experience, technology and strategy. Passionate about emerging markets and innovation, she began her career researching how to improve efficiency in UN’s procurement and later moved to Singapore to become a commodities trader with Cargill. Deepa has worked as a management consultant with firms from start-ups to large multinationals. In 2008, she collaborated with RKS to research and co-author the book,Predictable Magic: Unleash The Power of Design Strategy To Transform Your Business (Wharton School Publishing), and served as the firm’s global insights leader. She is the founder and president of Anuvaa LLC.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Derek Ozkal

Program Officer

Derek Ozkal is a program officer in Research and Policy for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he assists with writing and analysis of various Research & Policy initiatives and administers grants, which includes managing and overseeing assigned grant portfolios, monitoring grantee performance, and reviewing grant proposals.

Inclusive Innovation Competition (MIT's Initiative on the Digital Economy)

Devin Cook

Executive Producer

The MIT Inclusive Innovation Competition is core to MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE). The IDE is a major effort addressing the impact of digital technology on business, the economy, and society.

Senior Entrepreneurship Works

Elizabeth Isele

Founder and President

Recognized globally – from the hallowed halls of Congress, the domes of Istanbul, the golden spires of Oxford University, and the cockpit of a vintage biplane – as a pioneering senior entrepreneurship expert, Elizabeth is leading the transformation of the culture of aging and retirement. Her passion to ignite an experienced economy by unleashing the potential of 50+ year-olds to drive economic markets and generate social and environmental impact is grounded in data and metrics. She is successfully busting the prevailing gloom and doom myth that this huge demographic wave is a "silver tsunami" by demonstrating how the experienced economy is a "silver lining," yielding golden dividends locally and globally.

Health Initiative Coordinating Council

Esther Dyson


Palo Alto High Media Arts

Esther Wojcicki


Esther Wojcicki has been a Journalism/English teacher at Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA for the past 27 years where she built the journalism program from a small group of 20 students in 1985 to the largest high school journalism program in the nation winning major national and international recognition. Her program is an example of the effectiveness of Project Based Learning and using journalism as tool to get students engaged in critical thinking skills, writing skills, and Web 2.0 skills. She is working to help other schools adopt similiar programs.


Felix Velarde


Twenty-one years ago I started one of the first web design companies, and since then I’ve been an entrepreneur, industry leader and public face of several pioneering digital and CRM agencies. Most recently this included being Chairman at the high profile CRM strategy firm Underwired and CEO of an experimental multi-agency collaboration, The Conversation Group. You can read more about my career on LinkedIn or Wikipedia. I’m a Non-Executive Director and Chairman, and a consultant to agency owners and boards – while I search for my next CEO role in the UK or USA. Outside of work I am an occasional lecturer at Henley Business School and Hult International Business School (MBA and various Masters programmes). I also hold a glider pilot’s license and I’m a photographer, adventure-lover and Burner.


Gi Fernando


Freeformers is the digital transformation company with social good built into its business model. We help companies fulfil the people part of their digital strategies. And for every business person we train, we train a young person for free.


Greg Beitchman

VP, Content and Partnerships

Turnaround Media executive with global expertise in content strategy sales, commercial operations, and partnerships, currently managing 70+M USD in syndication, partnership and distribution revenues for CNN and Turner broadcasting.


Guy Bieber

Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation


Heather McGowan

Consultant- Strategic Advisor

Heather helps people find, shape, and communicate their vision. She synthesize disparate information and connect the dots to show: where things are, where things are going, and what this means to you. Accelerated change from advancing technological capabilities to rapid adoption of these new innovations to expedited company formation and scale to faster business and industry disruption cycles to rising automation, all require a new type of talent. Higher education needs to think differently about preparing graduates for jobs that do not yet exist and to find, frame, and solve problems not yet known. She connects these two corporate and academic realms. As an innovation strategist she has assisted diverse teams in large corporations to focus on the opportunity space and user experience to place the single product/service features and benefits into a more accurate context where new possibilities become not only evident but also obvious. In higher education, she has advised Presidents, Provosts, and Deans in finding and framing the core capabilities against market realities with a clear articulation of their institutional ethos. She has architected new core curriculum and programs that represent emerging fields in the future of work. Her expertise is an emerging field that is somewhere between design strategy and management consulting. It is rooted in the powerful use of single frame visuals with application of business strategy. She uses these visuals in blogs, articles, publications, and corporate and academic workshops and talks on innovation and leading transformational change.


Henry Oh

VP, Business Development

Henry Oh has extensive experience with open source development and technology. He studied the interplay between technological evolution and social change at UCLA, the London School of Economics and Stanford Law School. A serial social entrepreneur, Henry is passionate about using technology to promote social good and likes to help companies grow and impactful projects succeed. He has volunteered to localize Creative Commons licenses in non-US jurisdictions and organized Barcamps and TEDx events in Asia. Henry is currently an advisor and member of the Application Developers’ Alliance‘s Emerging Technology & IoT Working Group and its Media & Entertainment Working Group. He is also an advisor to Rainforest Connection, a start-up using “upcycled” smartphones to detect and stop illegal logging in the rainforest, and an Advisor to Blockai, a technology that allows users to browse the block chain underlying Bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies. Henry is also the co-Founder of Conversations for Good, a non-profit that provides free mentorship and other career services.

Beaivi LLC

Henry Tirri

President and Founder

Dr. Henry Tirri is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Technology officer of Nokia reporting to CEO. In that role he was responsible for setting Nokia’s technology agenda, owned all forward-looking R&D and drove Nokia’s core innovation. He was part of the Nokia Leadership Team from September 2011 until September 2014. Henry began his Nokia career 2004 as a Research Fellow and led NRC Systems Research before being appointed as Senior Vice President and the Head of Nokia Research Center. He has extensive experience in running global research and development activities with sites in 18 countries from China to Bay area. His personal research interests span Artificial Intelligence, information theory, search technologies and Programmable world/Internet of Things.<>

Ilya Levtov

Co-Founder and CEO

Ilya is the founder and CEO ofCraft providing data and analytics on thousands of companies for free to professionals researching their next career move or conducting business development. He started his career at Goldman Sachs in London, then received his MBA from Stanford. Later he joined venture capital firm Venrock in Menlo Park, and then joined Venrock’s portfolio-company Crunchyroll, as EVP. Ilya believes that access to more and better information for professionals and candidates about employers and opportunities, is a key to solving the talent challenges we face today.


Jay Van Zyl


Jay van Zyl is the the founder of Innosect, an innovation management analytics company (previously known as Innovation Cafe). Spent the last 13 years working as an international consultant, speaker and educator. Worked with a number of organizations in achieving international recognition as innovators. This experience brought him to another startup where he lives out his lasting passion for innovation.

California State University, Dominguez Hills

Jeannie Kim-Han

Senior Director of Special Projects

Relationship broker. Change agent. Innovator. Amplifier. Seasoned higher education administrator with over 24 years in leadership in various divisions including the President’s Office, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. Knowledgeable and experienced in theoretical and applied leader and leadership development. Innovative thinker and practitioner with a proven track record as a change agent. Proven track record in succession planning, establishing organizational infrastructure, facilitating culture shifts, developing and monitoring systems, institutional and program operations. Extensive experience working with universities’ senior leadership as well as faculty, staff and students, internationally, nationally, statewide and in local communities. Expert in strategic partnership and collaboration development, locally and internationally. Expert grant writer and external fund developer. Expert in research development/ Expert in High Impact Practices including learning communities, undergraduate research, internships & service-learning pedagogy, training and implementation internationally and locally. Expert in faculty development in grant proposal development, service-learning and internships, student leadership development, clubs and organizations. Academically trained as a cultural anthropologist. Conversationally fluent in Korean. Doctoral studies focus on higher education leadership, innovation, and institutional change.

Hult International Business School/Jeff Saperstein & Associates

Jeff Saperstein


Jeff Saperstein is an author, university teacher, consultant, and enabler in how technology can be used to create growth in regional economic development, success for organizations, and personal career planning.

The Passion Co.

Jessica Semaan


Jessica Semaan is the founder and CEO of The Passion Company, a movement that inspires and enables people to do what they love, through community, education and action. Born and raised in Lebanon, Jessica moved to the US to attend Stanford Business School. As an early employee at Airbnb, Jessica worked on scaling its operations worldwide, and recently launched Airbnb’s first global conference. Despite the successes Jessica did not feel fulfilled, so she spent a year interviewing 100 people doing what they love through her blog Passion Stories. During this time, she found her own passion which is helping others find theirs, and today is dedicated full-time to it through Passion Co.

TES Global Limited

Jim Knight

Chief Education Adviser

Managing Director of Online Learning at TSL Education Ltd, developing teacher education at TES. Former Cabinet minister in the Labour Government and member of the Privy Council and the House of Lords, is now using his skills and expertise commercially as a consultant and non-executive board member. As a national politician he has skills in decision making, communication, media handling and strategic policy, and has unrivalled expertise in the inter-relationship between education, skills and employment policy given his ministerial experience. He also has a current understanding of the potential use of digital technology in the delivery of public services.

Deloitte & Touche

John Hagel

Co-Chairman, Center for the Edge

John Hagel III has more than 35 years’ experience as a management consultant, author, speaker and entrepreneur. He currently serves as co-chairman of the Silicon Valley-based Deloitte LLP Center for the Edge. Before joining Deloitte, John was an independent consultant and writer and prior to that was a principal at McKinsey & Company. John has served as senior vice president of strategy at Atari, Inc., and is the founder of two Silicon Valley startups, as well as starting his career at Boston Consulting group. John is the author of The Power of Pull, published by Basic Books in April 2010. He is also the author of a series of best-selling business books, Net Gain, Net Worth, Out of the Box and The Only Sustainable Edge. John holds a BA from Wesleyan University, a B.Phil. from Oxford University, and a JD and MBA from Harvard University.

Kaiser Permanente

John Mattison

CMIO, Assistant Medical Director

John Mattison has directed the largest and first deployment of KP HealthConnect, Kaiser-Permanente’s revolutionary program to improve the quality and safety of healthcare through the use of information technology. This program supports the largest region of Kaiser Permanente with over 3 million lives and has been used by over 8,000 physicians in 13 hospitals and 140 clinics. His team of world class project managers completed the project more than a year ahead of schedule and $267 million under budget. Kaiser Permanente has been recognized as the national leader for both outpatient and inpatient systems, leading the country for hospitals awarded with the top HIMSS level 7 designation, and receiving the prestigious Davies Award in 2012. His team has hosted dozens of international delegations who have studied this program, and John has consulted internationally on numerous Health IT issues, and co-founded the XML standard for interoperability and health information exchange.

Kaiser Permanente

Joon Yun

Asst. Medical Director, and Chief Medical Information Officer in Southern California Region

Dr. Joon Yun is managing partner and president of Palo Alto Investors, LLC, an investment management firm founded in 1989 with $1 billion in assets invested in healthcare. Board certified in Radiology, Joon served on the clinical faculty at Stanford from 2000-2006. He received his B.A. from Harvard, M.D. from Duke Medical School, and clinical training at Stanford. Joon has served on several corporate and non-profit boards, and has published dozens of patents, scientific articles, and business essays. He is a contributor to Forbes, the health editor for Evolution magazine, and to various others on topics such as evolution, investing and the future of healthcare. Joon recently agreed to donate a $1 million Palo Alto Prize towards works on reversal of the aging process.

Palo Alto Investors

Kathryn Hume


Highly analytical sales and marketing professional with exceptional networking, interpersonal and business development skills. Rare foreign language ability (7 languages) and creativity mapping new technologies to business problems across verticals and sectors.

Fast Forward Labs

Laura Merling

Director of Sales and Marketing

Highly analytical sales and marketing professional with exceptional networking, interpersonal and business development skills. Rare foreign language ability (7 languages) and creativity mapping new technologies to business problems across verticals and sectors.

Kaltura Inc.

Leah Belsky

Senior Vice President

Leah Belsky is an experienced technology executive, entrepreneur, and thought leader who specializes in the future of education and technology policy. Leah is currently the SVP of Operations at Kaltura, an Intel Capital funded, pre-IPO, growth phase video company, named one of the “Next Billion Dollar” startups. Prior to her current role leading the 150 person operations team, Leah launched Kaltura in Europe and founded the education business, which is now the leading provider of media technology in global higher education and edtech.


Leila Toplic

Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer

Marketing and Business Development executive with over 14 years of experience in global marketing including B2B and B2C go-to-market campaigns, brand strategy, advertising and social media, PR and event production, partnerships, and internal communications – including for-profit and non-profit sectors, corporate and startup.

Horse's Mouth

M T Rainey


MT (Mary Teresa) Rainey was founder and CEO of top UK advertising agency Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe, now part of the WPP Group. She resigned from her role as Chair of the company in 2005 to start a social enterprise in the digital arena called<>, inspired by the potential of new media to create significant public value.<6fd8f00882a5ed18e49106b0fbb023717b26ee3d> is an online social network for informal mentoring and was named one of the top twenty Web 2.0 start-ups of 2007.

Adopta Un Deportista

Manuel Campos


Midpeninsula Community Media Center

Martin Wasserman

Producer, director and host


Max Senges

Responsible for Multistakeholder Cooperations

Maximilian “Max” Senges works in Google’s Research and Education organisation in Mountain View and is part of the Google’s Computer Science Academy management team. He also lead the Faculty Research Awards in the Policy & Standards field under Vint Cerf, as well as co-lead the organisational development projects for Google Research and University Relations. He is passionately thinking and working on the crossroads between academia and the private sector, internet politics, innovation, culture and philosophy of technology. In the last ten years he worked with academic, governmental and private organizations, centering on knowledge ecosystems, e-Learning and Internet governance. Currently, he also provides consultancy to<> and actively involved with the Internet Rights & Principles Coalition and with the Committee for a Democratic United Nations. Max holds a PhD and a Master’s Degree in the Information and Knowledge Society Program from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) in Barcelona as well as a Masters in Business Information Systems from the University of Applied Sciences Wildau (Berlin).

Secretariat at Digital Dividends

Mei Lin Fung

Founding Member

Mei Lin Fung co-founded Franchise for Humanity with Kennan Salinero of Yamana Science and Technology, and Sandra Bates author of the Social Innovation Imperative. She is a board member of IIIJ and till 2013 was the Socio-Technical Lead for the Defense Health Futures Think Tank funded by the US Department of Defense. She is a co-founder and current Chairman of the Institute for Service Organization Excellence. She is an early pioneer of the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) industry as one of the two-person skunk work team who designed and developed the prototype CRM system, OASIS, at Oracle Corporation in 1989, under the leadership of Tom Siebel. She was Director of Finance and Administration for Marc Benioff when he headed Desktop and Direct Marketing at Oracle, before he left to form SalesForce. Mei Lin was responsible for the Geographic P&L analysis at Intel and served as alpha-test user for the Intel Distributor Sales tracking system. The Intel experience of “forecast-to-actual” precision analysis gave her the understanding that enabled automation of the sales management and revenue forecasting system which became the underpinning of the first CRM system.

Pearson Education

Michelle Dervan

Director Strategic Partnerships

Michelle is Director of Strategic Partnerships at Pearson in New York and Co-Organizer of the NYEdTech Meetup. Previously, she worked for Irish economic development agency, Enterprise Ireland where she helped Irish edtech startups to enter the U.S. market.


Monique Morrow

CTO-Evangelist New Frontiers Development and Engineering

Monique Morrow is the CTO – Evangelist for New Frontiers Development and Engineering at Cisco as of November 2014. Monique was the first CTO of Cisco Services from June 2013 to November 2014 where she lead the development of Cisco Services Technologies mapped to Services Customer Solution Reference Architecture that is now foundational for Cisco Customer Solutions implementation.<>

Naomi Fein


Naomi Fein, founder and CEO Think Visual. 2015 Network Ireland Businesswoman of the Year award winner. She is a fast creative thinker, who after over 15 years of illustration and design work, combined with group facilitation, has the ability to capture abstract knowledge and transform it into clear visual outputs on the spot. Through her new company, she and her team work closely with influential thinkers and leaders of global companies. Helping them to visualise complex ideas found in varied areas such as finance, technology, pharma, science, leadership, culture and others. Their impressive visual outputs help make the knowledge memorable, actionable and shareable.

Gunderson Dettmer

Nathana O'Brien

Intellectual Property Associate

Founder and partner of Shay Glenn LLP in Silicon Valley. Shay Glenn LLP is a patent law firm specializing patent strategy, portfolio development and US and foreign prosecution matters for companies and investors in the medical device, biotech, digital health and energy sectors.<>

Citizen Code

Noah Thorp


Software development leadership consulting and startup incubation.


Patrick Llewellyn

Chief Executive Officer

Patrick Llewellyn is the President and CEO of 99 Designs, the world’s largest graphic design marketplace. Before he joined 99 Designs in 2009, he was advising Australian technology and media companies at NexTec Strategic Capital. In 2010 he moved to San Francisco to open a U.S. office and oversee U.S. and international expansion. Shortly after being appointed CEO in January 2011, Llewellyn guided 99designs to a $35 million first-round capital investment led by Accel Partners (Facebook, Dropbox, Etsy). Since then, 99designs has established European headquarters in Berlin; introduced localized-language sites in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Latin America; and has grown from a handful of staff to 100 in San Francisco, Melbourne, Berlin, Paris, London and Rio de Janeiro. In July 2013, Llewellyn oversaw the launch of Swiftly, a new site and service for quick graphic design projects. To date, 99designs has hosted more than 300,000 graphic design contests and paid out more than $75 million to its community of 315,000 designers around the world. He went to La Trobe University in Melbourne.

Revealed Capital

Paul Brooks

Founder and Managing Director

Provides services and systems which facilitate the discovery and development of new value creating capacity, resident but unexpoited, for both individual and institutional clients.

Nordic Innovation House

Paula Salomaa

Community Manager

Nordic Innovation House (NIH) is a co-working space, incubator, resource center, and networking hub for Nordic tech startups, and Nordic venture-capitalist firms located in or coming to Silicon Valley.

The Re:imagine Group

Peter Hirshberg


Peter Hirshberg is at the epicenter of the noisy, connected world of online conversation. A Silicon Valley executive with several high profile marketing and branding related ventures, Peter has led emerging media and technology companies at the center of disruptive change for more than 20 years.

Global Entrepreneurship Research Network

Phil Auerswald

Founding Executive Director

Philip E. Auerswald is an economist and currently leads as founding executive Director at the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network, an initiative of the Kauffman Foundation. He is also an associate professor at the School of Public Policy, Government and International Affairs at George Mason University, and a cofounder and co-editor of Innovations, a quarterly journal about entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges. In June 2013, he led the launch of the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, an organization dedicated to using the National Mall in Washington, D.C. as a platform to celebrate and support entrepreneurship and innovation. In parallel, he is involved in initiatives related to digital property rights and healthcare to the home. Prior to joining George Mason, Austerwald was a lecturer and assistant director of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government and, until 2014, an associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. From 2010 to 2013, he was an an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative, focusing on job creation and market-based solutions. He also served as consultant to the National Academies of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

i4j ECO Summit

Robin Farmanfarmaian


Robin Farmanfarmaian is the President of the i4jEco Summit. In addition, she is the SVP for the Arc Summit, a biotech and medtech conference, and Executive Director for the Organ Preservation Alliance, catalyzing breakthroughs in transplants, organ banking, cryopreservation and tissue engineering. She’s also actively involved with INVICTA Medical, a device company for acute care/post anesthesia and sleep apnea, poised to impact hundreds of millions of patients.

Bloomberg Beta

Roy Bahat


Head of Bloomberg Beta, where we invest in companies that make work better. We open sourced our internal operating manual, in case you want to learn more about us:


Silvina Moschini


An international expert on social media and Internet marketing, Silvina is a regular contributor to CNN, where she co-hosts «Directo a la Tecnología» («Straight to Technology»), a weekly segment on IT and Internet trends, for CNN en Español’s prime-time program «Directo USA.» Silvina’s columns have been published by over 150 venues worldwide. She is known on Twitter and by media as @Miss_Internet. An international expert on social media and Internet marketing, Silvina is a regular contributor to CNN, where she co-hosts «Directo a la Tecnología» («Straight to Technology»), a weekly segment on IT and Internet trends, for CNN en Español’s prime-time program «Directo USA.» Silvina’s columns have been published by over 150 venues worldwide. She is known on Twitter and by media as @Miss_Internet.
Silvina is the founder and CEO of Intuic | The Social Media Agency, a global online visibility and marketing firm that handles PR and social media needs for top clients such as Google, Twitter, CA Technologies, and others. She is a particular expert on the dynamic and rapidly developing Latin American and US Hispanic markets.

Independent Management Consulting Professional

Steve Denning


Steve Denning is the author of eight books, a contributor of more than 600 articles to<> since 2011 and a board member of Scrum Alliance. Steve is the former Director of Knowledge Management at the World Bank. He works with organizations in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia on leadership, innovation, business narrative and radical management.


Tammy Chan

Director of Operations

She has carried over her experience in Finance and Information Technology to co-found a nonprofit called Conversations for Good, a 501(c)(3) charity that provides the underserved communities to provide resources to navigate into a fulfilling career. She is actively involved as the Executive Director in implementing programs in the East Bay of San Francisco. Tammy is also involved as the Director of Operations for IIIJ Foundation, think tank commissioned by the tech elite, formed to advance the understanding of innovation, involving programmatic activities domestically and internationally. She’s responsible for managing business operations and overall programs.


Tess Posner

Managing Director

Tess Posner is Managing Director of Samaschool, a social venture that provides people with digital skills training aligned with job market trends to prepare them to get work on the largest online work platforms. Tess built and launched the first Samaschool program in San Francisco in 2012, and the program now operates in six cities in the US, has launched an online training, and expanded internationally in East Africa in 2014.


Valentina Morigi

Chief Financial Officer

Tensive is a biomedical startup that is developing innovative breast prostheses aiming to substitute silicone implants. In 2012, I joined Tensive as a Chief Financial Officer and one of the first external shareholders. Moreover, I co-founded the Organ Preservation Alliance (and served as a Chief Operating Officer and event producer).


Vint Cerf

VP and Chief Internet Evangelist

Vinton G. Cerf is Co-Chair and Co-Founder of i4j. He is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google and contributes to global policy development and continued spread of the Internet. Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and on the faculty of Stanford University.

Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University

Vivek Wadhwa


Wadhwa is a tech entrepreneur turned academician. Wadhwa is a fellow of Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance atStanford University, Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering of Duke University, and Distinguished Fellow at Singularity University. In Stanford and Duke, he lectures in class on subjects such as entrepreneurship and public policy, helps prepare students for the real world, and leads groundbreaking research projects. He oversaw research and innovation at Singular University as exponential advances in various fields such as robotics, A.I., computing, synthetic biology, 3D printing, medicine, and nanomaterials are making it possible for small teams to do what was once possible only for governments and large corporations to do: solve the grand challenges in education, water, food, shelter, health, and security. As a researcher, Wadhwa has studied the impact of globalization on U.S. competitiveness and remedies for the U.S. to keep its edge. Wadhwa’s research at Duke University has focused on the impact of globalization on the engineering profession, the competitive threat from India and China, and one of America’s greatest advantages – its skilled immigrants. This research has received worldwide attention and acclaim. He has been also a senior research associate at the Labor and Worklife Program of Harvard Law School, a visiting scholar at the School of Information at UC-Berkeley, and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at The Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning at Emory University.

Beyond Jobs

Wingham Rowan


Entrepreneur with hard-won experience in business, media, public policy and technology. Formerly a children’s TV presenter (Rowan’s Report in the 1980’s). Then a technical journalist and producer/host of the UK’s longest running TV series about the Internet. Author of two books about the potential of online markets to create new economic activity. Writer of countless articles and policy papers on this topic. Company founder.

International Society of Service Innovation Professionals

Yassi Moghaddam

Executive Director

Currently, as the Executive Director of International Society of Service innovation Professionals, ISSIP, I have been driving industry-academia innovation focused partnerships globally, while leading the organization through a very strong launch and rapid growth. ISSIP,<>, is a professional association co-founded by IBM, Cisco, HP and several universities to promote systemized innovation that results in sustainable growth for business and society.


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David Michaelis

Sat Dec 12 2015 18:18:33 GMT-0500 (EST)

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Curt Carlson

Sat Dec 12 2015 18:27:20 GMT-0500 (EST)



Curt Carlson

Sat Dec 12 2015 20:17:44 GMT-0500 (EST)

All we read about is AI making humans irrelevant in

All we read about is AI making humans irrelevant in 30 years. Here is a
counter argument from one of the best AI experts in the world, Adam
Cheyer, co-founder of Siri and a new company called Viv (think Siri on

Also, below, this article is a few years old but it tells the Siri story
and how much of the technology was developed in a $150M DARPA R&D project.
The article still has many good insights about computer personal
assistants and what they can do (and can¹t). We consider the founders of
Siri to be Cheyer, Kittlaus, Grubber, Mark, and Winarsky. Winarsky and
Mark (at SRI) initially conceived of the idea years before and eventually
assembled, with the others, the entire venture. Winarsky also has a great
new book out on venturing at SRI, or anywhere else (³If You Really Want to
Change the World² — see Amazon).

Curtis R. Carlson, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO, Practice of Innovation
President and CEO of SRI International, 1998-2014

Our most important innovation is the way we work.

On 12/12/15, 3:27 PM, "Curt Carlson" […] wrote:

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