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Silicon Valley – Insights for Managers
The list of videos will be extended on a continuous basis!
The list of videos will be extended on a continuous basis!
Silicon Valley in a post COVID world – We build again!
San Francisco and the broader Silicon Valley was one of the first regions in the USA to promulgate a “shelter in place” ordination during the early period of COVID-19. While this preemptive move potentially saved countless lives, it did have an immediate and chilling effect on the startup economy. While bringing a few startups such as Zoom into prominence – the entire value chain, from venture capital, early to late stage startups and consumers have had to rapidly adapt to an entirely new world. Examples from this time provide blueprints of fear, resiliency and adaptability – insights into the true DNA of the valley. While there will be many firms going belly-up, what is certain is that the survivors will emerge stronger, bigger and more resilient than their peers.
From Augmented Reality applications to Digital Companion
With Augmented Reality (AR) becoming a substantial part of modern day manufacturing, using AR-based systems to train and support workforces is becoming increasingly popular. The industrial domain offers a high degree of standardization, a variety of very specialized use cases, and an abundance of resources. These characteristics provide perfect conditions for Digital Companion systems. A Digital Companion is a cognitive agent that assists human users by taking on three roles: as guardians, assistants or mentors, and partners. This talk describes different use cases and open challenges regarding Augmented Reality applications in industry and the introduction of an industrial Digital Companion.
Change Management Culture in Silicon Valley
We’ve all made attempts to influence change in our company culture. We will cover the patterns of three Silicon Valley companies that made a positive change. We’ll look into the early growth of a design-thinking culture seen at PayPal, the introduction of Silicon Valley culture to Rosetta Stone, and the transformation of Symphony Communications into a unicorn start-up.
As part of the team that helped lead the transformation of these three incredible companies, we’ll be reviewing the strategy, tactics, and culture of how each turned into an „Agile-Thinking“ company using Lean Principles and Design-Thinking. I will educate and inspire the audience on the critical steps taken from all three companies and how to replicate them in your organizations
The Innovation Ecosystem Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley is not just a place, it is a state of mind. This talk aims to unveil the hidden history of the world’s leading innovation ecosystem. Furthermore you will learn about the special culture and mechanisms that make Silicon Valley tick. By taking a closer look at mobility trends you will understand which crucial role this region plays in inventing the future.
Translating Design Thinking Culture
Digital Transformation and Silicon Valley’s culture of disruption go hand-in-hand. By taking inspiration from the Bay’s ability to rapid prototype and innovate by failing fast, industries all over the world are developing growth mindsets from the ground up and mirroring the free-form spirit of the start-up.
This presentation will focus on translating the buzz around Design Thinking and how the skills of practitioners such as IDEO, the Stanford d.school, IBM, Google, Microsoft, and more can be used outside of San Francisco with the same impact.
Why A Swiss Telco Has An Outpost In Silicon Valley, How It Works, What It Hopes To Achieve There
Silicon Valley has been the focal point for innovation for decades. Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading telco and IT provider, has been scouting the San Francisco Bay Area for the newest and greatest technology for over 20 years. However, innovation is hard and merely having a physical presence among the masses of startups and big-tech companies does not guarantee success by any means.
How does Silicon Valley work? Do you need to be in the Valley yourself? And what role can you play there? These are some of the questions we will try to answer in this introduction to the Swisscom Outpost.
How to Innovate with Silicon Valley Startups
A Distinctive Approach to Strategy by Silicon Valley Companies
The Post-Digital World: Changing technology, lives, and business
How Do Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists evaluate European companies?
The DNA of Your Workforce Post Crisis: A Silicon Valley View
A Silicon Valley Approach to Digital Transformation
Silicon Valley Innovation Best Practices in a Data and AI-Powered World
Business Model Innovation: Insights from the Silicon Valley
Would you ever eliminate the R&D function from your business? Of course not. It generates profitable new revenue. Anyone can look back over 10 years and measure the return on that investment. But does your company have a Business Model Innovation function? Very few do, despite the fact that business model innovation has created trillions of dollars in market capitalization driven by new businesses you read about every day. Ten years from now, leading companies will have just such a function and will have new profitable revenue to show for it.
In Silicon Valley, we regard new products and business models as two sides of the same coin. But not everyone has the same understanding of just what business model innovation is. This talk will answer several important questions so you can get the conversation started in your business.
- What is a business model?
- When is the right time to consider a new business model?
- How do incumbents respond to a new business model?
- How can my company engage in business model innovation?
Transformation Through Innovative Leadership
A Future View of Artificial Intelligence and a Current View of the Role of Ethics and Open Source in Getting There
Artificial Intelligence remains a challenge for companies to get right. It will take decades to solve the major challenges facing AI researchers – and we present a roadmap to the future of AI.
Among others, this presentation will address questions like the following:
- Why has open source become strategically so important?
- What is the timeline for solving AI and Intelligent Automation?
- When can a CEO buy AI capability <X> for price <Y>?
- Who are the leaders driving AI progress?
- What will the biggest benefits from AI be?
- What are the biggest risks associated with AI, and are they real?
- What other technologies may have a bigger impact than AI?
- What are the implications for stakeholders?
- How should we prepare to get the benefits and avoid the risks?
In addition, CEOs and managers of all industries should be aware of the megatrend in open source collaboration and where companies can come together to work on the future of AI.
Finally, executives, developers, and informed citizens should be aware of how best to advance AI ethics for business and society.
Old Economy Meets Silicon Valley. Somewhere in the Middle.
Scaling product organizations – Silicon Valley style
Follow a practical step-by step guide to digitally transform your organization and realize business outcomes
Developing a Customers First Mindset
Anatomy of a Successful AI Project
After the Virus: From & To your NEW Future of Work
Silicon Valley’s Accelerated Approach to Leadership Development
Given its speed of change, intense competition for talent, and focus on specialized organizational cultures, Silicon Valley requires leadership development programs and approaches that meet their leaders’ needs. Accelerated leadership development is embraced throughout Silicon Valley firms to provide real-time, directly-relevant, culture-enhancing, data-driven, leadership experiences and growth. In this session we’ll address:
- what sets Silicon Valley leaders’ development needs apart from other industry leaders
- what accelerated leadership development is
- how Facebook, Google and other Silicon Valley firms create accelerated leadership experiences
- how you can leverage accelerated leadership development for your firms
Why Silicon Valley Out-Innovates Europe (and the rest of the world)
Don’t Fear Disruption: Find & Develop Your Innovators, the Silicon Valley Way
Before the pandemic, over 80 percent of large organizations already felt they were at risk of disruption. The pandemic since forced companies to change faster than they ever thought possible. Large organizations now accept that we are entering a period of exponential change, what has been called “The Innovation Age.” As a result, large enterprises share a renewed ambition to accelerate their innovation success, to develop a workforce that constantly revitalizes the organization; to become an organization that doesn’t just survive, but one that thrives in uncertainty.
Join Suzan Briganti, CEO & Founder of Swarm Vision, for a fascinating view into the science of innovation talent. Swarm Vision conducted the world’s largest study of serial, successful innovators. The Swarm innovation system identifies the innovation talent in your workforce with 99% reliability, designs more mentally-diverse and inclusive teams, and upskills your people dramatically in just 8 weeks, while driving a true culture of innovation.
Learn how some of the world’s largest organizations, from the US Military to Johnson & Johnson, Mondelez, PepsiCo and NASA use Swarm to transform themselves for the Innovation Age. Suzan will pepper her talk with hilarious stories from her upcoming book, Bootstrapped, about growing up in Silicon Valley before it was even called that, and her improbable adventure as a female tech founder.
How Silicon Valley’s unique culture creates enterpreneurs out of engineers
A lot of ink has been spilled analyzing the phenomenon of Silicon Valley as a factory for innovation, producing successful technology entrepreneurs at a rate that far surpasses Germany. And while Germany produces more than its fair share of raw engineering talent, many of the brightest move to the Silicon Valley to make the most of their talents. Is there something unique at play or is this success replicable within Germany and other countries?
In this talk, I share my take on the unique cocktail of reasons that set Silicon Valley apart as a hub of entrepreneurship and visionaries, bolstered by examples from my own journey; among them, the spirit of risk-taking, a desire to pay it forward, and the magic of network effects.
Building a successful corporate venturing arm for a European multi national company
Multi-sided Platforms – Unraveling Silicon Valley’s Growth Engine
The IT Trends You Need to Harness for Business Success in the 2020s
Many older, well established companies are impressed by the rapid growth and business agility of Silicon Valley firms. The cost structures and business practices of Silicon Valley firms are sometimes radically different from those of conventional enterprises. Cloud-native Valley companies rely exclusively on cloud-based business applications and computing resources. They build strong security cultures to maintain the regulatory certifications that their customers demand. They rely heavily on automation tools to scale their revenues faster than their labor-related operating expenses. And they make creative use of predictive analytics to continually refine and enhance the online and in-person experiences of their customers.
Silicon Valley is a canary environment in which the IT management practices of the future have been prototyped and perfected. The practices that have transformed business operations in the Valley will eventually transform businesses everywhere. This presentation describes the IT trends that have been adopted and exploited by high-growth Silicon Valley companies. Companies situated outside the Valley need to determine if one or more of these trends can be leveraged and turned into a source of competitive advantage within their industries.
Silicon Valley’s Many Startup Incubation Centers, Entrepreneurship and its Startup Success
There are many small private tech startup incubation centers and acceleration centers and venture capital investment firms around Silicon Valley. These centers have helped lots of angel and VC investors and tech startups to succeed. These centers have lots of events
that have helped many engineers and rich people learn about operations of tech startups and also make connections. The natural environment around Silicon Valley and above kind of tech startup ecosystem are very attractive to worldwide engineers and successive investors.
Catalyzing a Green Recovery
Personalization First, or You Will Be Last
Secrets to the Success of Silicon Valley
Machine-based computing emerged in the 1940s and 1950s, primarily in the UK and the US, with some following developments in the Soviet Union. Industry-defining developments unfolded primarily in the United States. In the 1960s, electronic technology was emerging in two key locations in the U.S. One was along the Route 128 belt in Massachusetts, an arc with a 15-mile radius around Boston. The other was in California’s Silicon Valley, encompassing the area from San Francisco to San Jose.
We identify and trace the factors that explain why, even though the two areas started about even in the mid-1960s, Silicon Valley moved significantly beyond the Route 128 center – and Europe – to become and remain the pre-eminent national and international leader in computer tech.
Thirty years from now, the age we live in today will be remembered as digitally dark. Still disconnected and even data adverse. Look around and still very few objects are connected, let alone smart, and despite years of talk of AI, most operations still require human interaction.
In the coming few years, Artificial Intelligence meets Robotics, the Human Body meets Sensorification, and the Corporation finally meets the Digital Nervous System.
How are some of the current mega trends converging and what does it mean for all of us?
Collaborating with the startup ecosystem to drive innovation in large organizations
The Three Dynamics of Transformation: Iteration, Innovation, and Disruption
Everybody wants to learn how to be innovative. It’s one of the reasons that Silicon Valley has become like Disneyland. Even though innovation is a global movement, Silicon Valley innovation is different. But, not for the reasons you think. There’s a balance between iteration, innovation, and disruption that’s at the heart of everything.
Ideation, invention, imagination, creativity, grit, and resilience make innovation a way of life. Add to that a unique and long-established ecosystem to attract and invest in the best talent from all over the world, and you have a fine-tuned microcosm that cannot be replicated anywhere else. Brian Solis has been part of the innovation machine in Silicon Valley dating back to 1996. Brian has launched over 1,000 startups, advised Fortune 500 companies in the development of innovation and investment strategies, and published books and research on the state and future of innovation.
In this enlightening and motivating session, Brian will share his insights on what organizations need to understand about Silicon Valley innovation and how to be innovative within their own company. More so, he will share how to integrate iteration and innovation into our own organizations to disrupt ourselves and change our trajectory toward growth.
Additionally, Brian’s session will explore …
The true definition of iteration vs. innovation and why companies that think they’re innovative, aren’t.
The enemies and champions of innovation.
The rise of the Novel Economy and how it’s giving all companies a second chance at innovation.
Share how to create a new future, beyond the next normal.
How to organize and build a culture that unleashes innovation.
Inflection Point – Turning insights into action
Creating actionable initiatives from research findings is a difficult process for companies of any size and at any stage of growth. The process, however, is how many innovative Silicon Valley companies set themselves apart from the rest of the world. Morgan spent the last decade shepherding innovation initiatives through his work with some of the top minds in research and innovation at companies like IDEO, Google, and Adobe. He will talk about research, the need for collaboration, the process of translating insights into action, and the core steps to developing a strategic initiative.
Following the session, Morgan will host a panel discussion with innovators and industry experts in design, business, and research on how they develop insights and their process of translating those insights into actionable initiatives.
How to build a corporate analytics and artificial intelligence center of excellence
Successful Business Model Transformation: From Disruption to Leadership
Emotional Intelligence: The Essential Tool for Successful Digital Transformation
How to have a builders mindset even (or especially) during uncertain times?
Digital Transformation: Business and Technical Considerations for the C-Suite
New Opportunities for Partnerships between Silicon Valley and Europe from 2021 and beyond
How to drive top line growth: The bigger role marketing plays in this Covid 19 world
This is a presentation that will look at how buyers’ needs have changed, how the way buyers are buying today has changed, and how many of these changes will be permanent. We will explore how CEOs can take advantage of these changes to drive top-line revenue and will identify the opportunities and implications of these changes. We’ll also review tools and insights on how to drive market awareness in a world with no tradeshows, or face to face sales meetings. A digital assessment approach will be reviewed, highlighting the importance of understanding how one’s competitors are performing digitally and compare with their company performance. We’ll do tune-up expertise on developing your value proposition, and review the latest concepts in customer engagement, called conversational marketing.
What attendees will take away:
- Understand the changing role of marketing and see how good marketing can drive sales performance
- Learn how to align their sales and marketing resources
- Understand in today’s world the buyer’s journey is going deeper into the sales funnel and conclude the need to position their website as “the first sales call”
- Conduct a website assessment on-line that will deliver an immediate remediation program on the structure and functionality of their firm’s website
- Have a value proposition template with a draft for refinement with their leadership teams
Climate 21 and SAP Silicon Valley
The entire world is facing a historical challenge, climate change. Europe and California, in particular, are leading in the regulatory and innovative fight against this challenge. This presentation provides an introduction to some of the local measures as well as general industry trends driving the fight against climate change. Throughout it, you will see concrete examples of the impact humans are having on the environment. The presentation describes the need to include climate measures into every step of the end to end business processes such as Design to Operate, Lead to Cash, Procure to Pay or Record to Report. In every step of the process, the climate impact will need to be measured, evaluated, and optimized. Finally, the presentation will provide a brief overview of SAP’s sustainability program, specifically the Climate21 program and the Product Carbon Footprint Analytics solution.
Innovation by Design: How Silicon Valley Creates and Sustains an Innovation Practice and Culture
Be prepared to throw away work, because you are going to anyway” according to Jim Rowson, Director of Engineering at Samsara, but this may be counterintuitive, or be met with resistance by developers and management. This talk delves into both the history of Silicon Valley and current design trends as a means of understanding the longevity and success of the Valley. Case studies of Netflix and Samsara serve to reveal deeper insights. Disruption and competitive differentiators matter, but there is no one-size or one-answer-fits-all in terms of methodology, or is there?