The fourth annual FT Innovate America conference took place on December 9, 2014 at the Dream Downtown in New York City. Attended by over 175 innovative professionals, it addressed the innovation ecosystems that exist in different industries and different cities around the world and how they can learn from each other.
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Scott Belsky is Adobe's Vice President of Products-Community and Head of Behance, the leading online platform for creatives to showcase and discover creative work. Mr Belsky co-founded Behance in 2006, and served as CEO until Adobe acquired Behance in 2012. Millions of people use Behance to display their portfolios, as well as track and find top talent across the creative industries. Behance also powers portfolio display for AdWeek, School of Visual Arts (SVA), Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and many other sites and curated galleries around the web —as well as 100,000+ personal websites via Behance's Mr Belsky is also the author of the international bestselling book ‘Making Ideas Happen’ (Portfolio Imprint, Penguin Books, April 2010).Through his work at Behance, Mr Belsky has become an advocate for technology and community initiatives that empower creative people and help businesses leverage the creative potential of their people. He has worked with leading media and Fortune 500 companies, including GE and Facebook, and has traveled around the world to share his findings. He has appeared in the Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek, and has shared Behance's research in segments on ABC News, MSNBC, and with the United States State Department and CIA. He. has also guest lectured at Cornell University, Harvard University, VCU Brand Center, and UC Berkeley among other institutions. In 2010, he was included in Fast Company's "100 Most Creative People in Business" list.Mr Belsky actively advises businesses that cross the intersection of technology and the creative industries and help empower people, among other criteria. He is an investor and advisor in Pinterest, Uber, andWarby Parker, as well as several others in the early stages. He also works closely with Founder Collective as one of their founder partners.Prior to founding Behance, he helped grow the Pine Street Leadership Development Initiative at Goldman, Sachs & Co. He serves on the Advisory Board of Cornell University's Entrepreneurship Program, is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. He attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Erica Berger is the founder of Catchpool, a new media platform built to bring you the best content from across the web in one place. For the last two years, she's been the co-founder of Mileage Media, facilitating events and connecting people traveling between London, NYC, LA and SF. She was previously the Director of Publisher and Partner Development at Storyful (acquired by News Corp), and before that, spent two years writing and building new digital products at The Economist. She's a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, and is on NPR's millennial advisory board, Generation Listen. She splits time between Brooklyn, NY and LA, CA.
Ben Edwards is vice president of global digital marketing at IBM, a $100 billion diversified enterprise-technology company. In this role, he oversees IBM’s demand generation function, global advertising, media, content marketing and brand strategy and experience design. He also provides functional leadership to IBM’s 2,000 demand generation professionals and management oversight of IBM's consolidated advertising and content-marketing budget.Mr Edwards is also responsible for designing, building and scaling the adoption of IBM’s enterprise digital marketing capabilities, delivered as shared services and APIs. In this role, he leads IBM’s Marketing Innovation Group, which manages a global network of agile design and development facilities that incubate and scale the deployment of marketing, sales and employee applications and services, all built on top of enterprise data and technologies.In prior roles, Mr Edwards ran The Economist’s digital media business. He has also run IBM’s communications function, acting as IBM’s Chief Communications Officer and providing advice and counsel to the CEO and senior leadership team.
BSA President and CEO Victoria A. Espinel is a respected authority on the intersection of technology innovation, global markets and public policy. After a decade of White House service in both Republican and Democratic Administrations, she is now the software industry’s leading champion, overseeing BSA programs and initiatives in 60 countries through its 10 offices around the world.
Prior to heading BSA, Espinel was nominated by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the Senate to serve as the first US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. In that pioneering role, she conceived the first ever government-wide strategy on intellectual property enforcement and implemented it by prioritizing $100 million in resources and the activities of 800 employees across federal agencies.
Espinel also was the first Assistant United States Trade Representative for Intellectual Property and Innovation. As the chief US trade negotiator on these issues, she developed the department’s mission, directed ongoing bilateral discussions with more than 60 countries and led an interagency team in authoring a new chapter on intellectual property that has been used in every US free trade agreement negotiated since 2002.
Between her roles at the US Trade Representative and White House, Espinel was a professor of international trade and intellectual property at the George Mason School of Law and served as an advisor to congressional committees. Earlier in her career, she was attorney in private practice focused on global policy issues.
A frequent keynote speaker at conferences worldwide, Espinel also chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of IT Software and Services.
Espinel holds an LLM from the London School of Economics, a JD from Georgetown University Law School, and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Eric Gertler is currently serving as Executive Vice President for the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Managing Director, Center for Economic Transformation (“CET”) for the City of New York. The CET aims to develop New York City’s major business sectors by implementing policy and programmatic initiatives that address current issues faced by each industry, create good jobs, and promote entrepreneurship and economic diversification across the five boroughs.
Prior to his role at the NYCEDC, Eric served in leadership roles at a number of technology companies, including Altruik, PrimeAxis Media, and Privista. Prior to these initiatives, Eric worked in the magazine and newspaper industries, with his last position being the President of the three magazines U.S. News & World Report, Fast Company and The Atlantic Monthly. He is also the author of the book Prying Eyes: Protect Your Privacy From People Who Sell To You, Snoop on You, or Steal From You (published by Random House). Eric is a member of Young Presidents Organization (“YPO - WPO”) and recently served as the Chair for the New York Metro chapter.
Jarryd Hammel comes to Heat Seek NYC with several years of experience as a corporate finance advisor. He is currently pursuing his MBA at the Wharton School. As Biz Dev Lead, Mr Hammel is focused on refining Heat Seek NYC's message and building the community and organizational ties needed to maximize Heat Seek NYC’s social impact.
Justin Hendrix is Executive Director at NYC Media Lab. Mr Hendrix connects companies seeking to advance digital media technologies with New York City’s universities to drive R&D and innovation. Launched by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, NYU, and Columbia University, NYC Media Lab is a public-private partnership encompassing all the universities of NYC and corporate members such as HBO, Time Warner Cable, ESPN, Hearst, AT&T, News Corp, NBCUniversal, and Verizon. The Lab's interests range from video, mobile, social, networks, and data to design. Previously Mr Hendrix was Vice President, Business Development & Innovation for The Economist, where he directed prototyping and commercialization of new digital media business concepts. He is a regular writer and speaker on media & innovation. Hendrix holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William & Mary and a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Brooklyn.
Jody Holtzman has over twenty-five years of experience helping companies develop and implement competitive strategies and achieve their strategic market goals, Jody now leads the Market Innovation group for AARP, where he brings a non-traditional perspective to the field of aging shaped by a 20-year career in strategy, innovation, and organizational change.
At AARP, Jody is focused on ways to spark innovation in the market to benefit people over 50. In this role he envisioned and developed the concept of the $7.6 trillion Longevity Economy; co-founded and launched the Longevity Network, www.longevitynetwork.org, with United Healthcare; and, created the Innovation@50+ LivePitch franchise which has attracted over 1,000 applicants and seen 27 out of the first 50 finalists raise over $175 million in venture investment.
Jody’s work has been published in Venture Capital Review, the Journal of Business Strategy, Competitive Intelligence Magazine, the Competitive Intelligence Anthology, and Making Cents Out of Knowledge Management. He has a graduate degree in international political economy from the University of Chicago.
Ex-fashion designer turned technologist, Jade Huang is the CEO and co-founder of StyleSage, a big data analytics company in the fashion retail space. She has 10+ years of award-winning digital strategy, design, and technology experience. Her accomplishments include launching a knowledge-sharing and social collaboration portal for the United States Treasury, for which she received an Innovation Award from the Treasury CIO.Ms Huang is a frequent industry speaker and mentor. Most recently, she was a presenter at the Global Fashion Management Seminar at Fashion Institute of Technology to executives from Paris, Hong Kong, and New York.Ms Huang studied fashion design at Parsons School of Design, and has a Bachelors in International Trade from Fashion Institute of Technology. She also has a MPA in International Economics from Columbia University, and a MBA from INSEAD where she was awarded the L’Oreal Scholarship for Creativity & Entrepreneurship Spirit.Always up for a challenge, Ms Huang has played rugby in France, Singapore, Thailand, and Cambodia.
William Jeffries is a web developer with a passion for social justice. He's a rubyist, a yogi, and a super friendly person. He has been on the project since the beginning and is always ready to answer technical questions from any area of the project, or just about why it is such important work.
Arthur Kapoor, a well-traveled healthcare industry serial entrepreneur brings more than 26 years of experience building financial, clinical and operational platforms for various industries. Previously he founded Med-Link Technologies which became the fastest growing healthcare claims clearinghouse of the northeast region in the early 1990s and was subsequently acquired by Emdeon. Prior to that he founded a Facilities Management software company, which pioneered a concept of visualizing facilities management floor plans with office furniture, and was ultimately acquired by a leading furniture manufacturer. Under his leadership, HEALTHEC has focused on global-winning solutions in the areas of healthcare financial, clinical transactions and Population Management solutions for payers and providers. He leads HEALTHEC’s commitment to provide actionable analytics in healthcare decision support using multiple sources of data and be a leader in seamless connectivity with all trading partners.
Mr Kapoor is actively involved in his foundation to provide healthcare to the less fortunate ones and was knighted by the Hospitaller Order of Malta for his charitable work around the world. He sits on a few Boards including Board of Overseers at NJIT, and is a benefactor to several hardship scholarships in Technology and Life Sciences. He has a B.S. in Computer Science and an MBA in Marketing from Rutgers University, New Jersey.
Mario Kranjac is the Managing Partner of Kranjac Tripodi & Partners LLP. Mr Kranjac counsels boards, owners and entities with respect to the full spectrum of business transactions, including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and other financing transactions, joint ventures, restructurings and reorganizations. Mr Kranjac has significant experience with businesses across several sectors, both domestically and internationally, including financial services, e-commerce, social media, fashion, distribution and manufacturing. Mr Kranjac has authored several opinion pieces on small business regulation, including “Stop Feeding the 800-Pound Regulatory Gorilla,” published by RealClear Markets, and “Silicon Alley Soaring” on the resurgence of Silicon Alley, published by the New York Post. Mr Kranjac has served as a speaker and panelist at various industry events, including participation at Brooklyn Law School on the challenges of practicing law in Silicon Alley. He has also appeared on the Fox Business Network providing commentary on how to increase lending to small businesses. Mr Kranjac currently serves on the board of directors of The Alliance of Guardian Angels and on several advisory boards, including the Advisory Board at the Fordham University Gabelli School of Business. Mr Kranjac received his BS in Accounting (cum Laude) from Fordham University College of Business Administration and his JD from Fordham University School of Law.
Jessica Lawrence is the Executive Director of NY Tech Meetup (NYTM), the largest Meetup group in the world, and a non-profit organization supporting the growth and diversification of New York’s technology sector. In 2013, she co-founded The Work Revolution Summit, a conference on the future of work. Prior to her work with NYTM, Ms Lawrence was the CEO of Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council in Southern California, where she supported a community of 75 staff, 5,000 volunteers, and 15,000 girls. She was one of only 15 women selected to participate in Seth Godin’s Female Entrepreneur MBA (FeMBA) in 2010. Her writing has been featured on the Harvard Business Review blog, Forbes.com, The Next Web, The Huffington Post and in a weekly column in The Press-Enterprise. She also speaks frequently on technology startups, the New York technology community, women in tech, organizational development and culture, the future of work, and non-profit management.
Steve Lucas is the global president of SAP Platform Solutions, leading the go-to-market teams and strategy for Analytics, Database & Technology, Mobile, and Big Data. With his primary focus on market acceleration and adoption in SAP’s core innovation areas, Mr Lucas develops and executes strategy across all markets and ensures operational excellence within the global GTM teams.Prior to his current role, Mr Lucas served as global executive vice president and general manager for the Database & Technology Business, leading a team of professionals in field sales, enablement, solutions management, and marketing across a diverse portfolio of products. Before that, he was global general manager for the Business Analytics & Technology organization—responsible for strategy and go-to-market activities across sales, marketing, and product management lines of business. Mr Lucas led the successful introduction of SAP HANA to the market in 2011 and continues to lead the fast-growing and dynamic HANA business, which now includes Business Suite on HANA and HANA Enterprise Cloud.Steve Lucas joined SAP in 2007 when the company acquired Business Objects. As vice president and general manager with Business Objects, Lucas launched and led the company’s “OnDemand” business unit. Before that, he managed the Enterprise Information Management (EIM) group, overseeing the sales of software for data integration and management as well as supporting key acquisitions for Business Objects in the EIM segment. In addition, he managed partner organizations at Business Objects, including the OEM and Distribution businesses. Mr Lucas holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and has published several books on business intelligence.
Hilary Mason is Founder and CEO of Fast Forward Labs, an independent data technology research lab and Data Scientist in Residence at Accel Partners. Previously, Ms Mason was Chief Scientist at bitly. She co-hosts a DataGotham, a conference for New York's home grown data community, and co-founded HackNY, a non-profit that helps engineering students find opportunities in New York's creative technical economy. Hilary served on Mayor Bloomberg's Technology Advisory Board, and is a member of Brooklyn hacker collective NYC Resistor.
Dave Meeker serves as VP of Innovation at Isobar where he balances time between strategy, user experience design and technology innovation, with a primary focus in helping to drive innovation for clients, keeping them abreast of where web, mobile, TV and screen-based, interactive technologies are headed as well as how the changes in the industry will impact their business. Mr Meeker has worked with a variety of Isobar clients, including: Northern Trust, AllianceBernstein, Bloomberg, HBO, Motorola, Alinea, US Army, US Air Force, Nystrom, Tesla Motors, Motorola, Club Corp, The New York Jets and KCRW. Aside from client and partner work, Mr Meeker serves as co-director of the Isobar Now Labs team, which acts as a means of idea incubation and creative technology R&D, along with mentoring our staff in terms of innovation, and next-generation design and development. In addition to holding down duties that ensure we deliver world-class services to clients, he is also responsible for the management of several key partnerships, including Adobe, Google and Apple.Dave Meeker is listed as the Inventor on Patents with Motorola, and in 2011 was recognized as a Computerworld Laureate in Innovation.
Brian Mullins has consistently been on the forefront of technology and is a pioneer in the field of augmented reality. His experience with Human Machine Interface and Computer Vision technologies enabled him to found DAQRI and develop its proprietary 4D technologies for the enterprise.Prior to founding DAQRI, Mr Mullins transitioned to industrial robotics from the field of military command and control systems, after spending three years as a consultant to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego.Earlier in his career, Mr Mullins worked as an engineer at the Computer-Aided Operational Research Facility operated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, supporting simulation and network technologies and working with some of the pioneers of those fields. Throughout his career, he developed and implemented systems that employed some of the earliest vision-based mixed reality technologies.Mr Mullins holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, where he studied electrical and mechanical engineering.
Mor Naaman is an associate professor of Information Science at the Jacobs Institute at Cornell Tech, where he is the founder of the Connective Media hub, and leads a research group focused on social technologies. His research applies multidisciplinary methods to 1) gain a better understanding of people and their use of social tech; 2) extract insights about people, technology and society from social media and other sources of social data, and 3) develop new social technologies as well as novel tools to make social data more accessible and usable in various settings. Previously, Mr Naaman was on the faculty at Rutgers SC&I, led a research team at Yahoo! Research Berkeley, received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and played professional basketball for Hapoel Tel Aviv. He is a recipient of a NSF Early Faculty CAREER Award, research awards and grants from numerous corporations including AOL and Google, and multiple best paper awards. Find out more about Mor at http://mornaaman.com.
Scott Painter is the founder and CEO of TrueCar. At his core, Mr Painter is a “car guy” with a passion for technology and a serial entrepreneur who likes to tackle big, game-changing ideas that solve big problems or make an experience better. He has been on a 20 year mission to make car buying easier and fundamentally believes that buying a car should be simple, fair and fun. As CEO, Mr Painter oversees TrueCar’s strategic direction; product vision; the company’s unique culture; executive bench; and relationships with key stakeholders including consumers, dealers, dealer associations, regulators, automakers, affinity partners, data partners, employees, media and investors.Prior to TrueCar, he incorporated 37 companies and started over a dozen auto‐related businesses including serving as the founder and CEO of CarsDirect.com and Build-to-Order, Inc.Mr Painter has also served as an IdeaLab CEO and an eCompanies CEO. His other ventures include Advertise.com, SharesPost, PriceLock, US Digital Gaming, and Brighthouse.Mr Painter is a frequent speaker and panelist on automotive retailing, transparency, big data and entrepreneurism. He studied Political Science and Systems Engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point and Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He left UC Berkeley prior to graduation to sell his first auto-related start-up, AUTOAccess, an electronic database of used cars for sale.
Mark Payne is Co-founder and President of leading innovation consultancy Fahrenheit 212. He has spearheaded innovation efforts that have created over $3Billion in revenue for Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial emerging businesses and private equity firms.
An architect of the firm’s unique ‘Money & Magic’ philosophy, its outcome-based business model and its unique ‘2-Sided Innovation’ model – marrying analytical commercial strategy with human-centered creativity – he is both a front line innovation practitioner and an industry thought leader. His firm has been described as ‘The Innovator’s Paradise’ by Fortune, a ‘White Hot Idea Factory’ by BusinessWeek, the ‘Epicenter of Innovation’ by Esquire and ‘Melding the Best of McKinsey & IDEO’ by Fast Company. Mr Payne’s insights on how Fahrenheit 212's breakthrough methodology has transformed innovation success rates are captured in the book How to Kill a Unicorn, released in October 2014 (http://www.howtokillaunicorn.com), and have appeared in leading publications including Fast Company, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Esquire and Crane’s, and via speaking engagements at forums including Harvard Business School, Wharton School of Business, Columbia Business School, Pratt Institute of Design, HEC Paris, the 2013 Chief Innovation Officers' Summit, the International Food Technology’s Wellness Conference, New York University’s Scholar-in-Residence Series, Johns Hopkins University, and innovation leadership conferences at many top tier companies. Among the great companies he’s had the pleasure to work with are Procter & Gamble, Nestle, Samsung, The Coca-Cola Company, Toyota, Starwood Hotels, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Campbell’s Soup, Citibank, Starbucks, Hershey’s and General Mills.Mr Payne holds a BA cum laude in economics and psychology from Middlebury College.
Robyn Peterson is the Chief Technology Officer at Mashable. He is responsible for product strategy and development, and manages the product, design and engineering teams for the company.Since joining Mashable Mr Peterson has led the development of the new Mashable.com in 2012, which ushered in a 100% increase in mobile page views, pages-per-visit and ad engagement. He has also led the creation and development of Velocity, the company’s proprietary technology that predicts and reliably measures virality of content across the web.Mr Peterson’s career has been the perfect marriage of tech start-ups and media companies. Before joining Mashable, he was head of product at Next Issue Media. He has also served as the head of product strategy and technology for a division within NBC Universal, senior vice president of product management and CTO at Ziff Davis Media and director of operations at Juno. His writing has appeared on Mashable, PCMag.com, ABCNews.com, Yahoo and elsewhere. Robyn is on the advisory board member for Parsely Inc. and for the Ad:Tech conferences. He has a Masters of Science in computer science from New York University's Courant Institute of Applied Mathematics. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Jeremy Rifkin is the bestselling author of twenty-one books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society and the environment. His latest book was The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism. In 2011, Professor Rifkin published the New York Times bestseller The Third Industrial Revolution, which captured the attention of the world. Rifkin’s vision of a sustainable, post carbon economic era has been endorsed by the EU and the UN and embraced by world leaders. He has been an advisor to the EU for the past 15 years. He also served as an adviser to President Sarkozy of France, Chancellor Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Socrates of Portugal, Prime Minister Zapatero of Spain, and Prime Minister Janša of Slovenia, during their respective European Council Presidencies, on issues related to the economy, climate change, and energy security. He currently advises the European Commission, the European Parliament, and several EU and Asian heads of state. Professor Rifkin is the principal architect of the EU's Third Industrial Revolution long-term economic sustainability plan to address the triple challenge of the global economic crisis, energy security, and climate change. He has also been advising the leadership of China on the build out and scale up of the Internet plus Third Industrial Revolution infrastructure to usher in a sustainable low-carbon economy. Professor Rifkin is a senior lecturer at the Wharton School's Executive Education Programme at the University of Pennsylvania where he instructs CEOs and senior management on transitioning their business operations into sustainable Third Industrial Revolution economies.
OpenBCI co-founder and CEO, Conor Russomanno, comes from a mixed background of art, engineering, and science. He has dedicated the first chapter of his career to interfacing the brain, rethinking business, and turning crazy ideas into reality.
Lorna Sabbia is a 19-year veteran with the firm and is currently Head of Managed Solutions for Global Wealth & Investment Management at Bank of America. In this role, Ms Sabbia is responsible for overseeing the discretionary and non-discretionary fee-based investment platforms, the global mutual fund and ETF offerings across all channels, and relationship management with third-party investment partners, as well as the firm’s wealth management specialist team. Prior to this role, Ms Sabbia served as head of the Client Solutions Group, leading all Investments & Wealth Management and Wealth Structuring specialists and support desks, the Portfolio Strategies Desk, Annuity and Life Insurance Product management, in addition to the management of investment partner and insurance carrier relationships. In May 2011, she was chosen as one of 44 employees across the company to serve as a Catalyst Team member for Project New BAC, an enterprise-wide initiative to increase revenue, simplify and streamline work, and align expenses. Before joining the Client Solutions Group, Ms Sabbiawas head of Sales and Marketing for Merrill Lynch Trust Company, where she led a team in providing trust, estate and philanthropic planning for Financial Advisors and clients nationwide. From 2002 to 2006, she served as National Sales Manager for Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. Prior to this, she was a specialist for nearly eight years in two markets, New York and New England, across three different disciplines. Ms Sabbia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University. She currently sits on the Global Diversity & Inclusion Council at Bank of America. Additionally, she is a Certified Investment Management Analyst, as well as a Board Member and Chair-Elect for the Money Management Institute. In 2013, she was named to the “10 to Watch” list by Rep Magazine. She was also selected to serve as Group Leader for Project Simplify and Improve in 2014.
Jake Schwartz is CEO of General Assembly, which is pioneering a new kind of education for a global community of entrepreneurs and professionals. Under his leadership, General Assembly has scaled to twelve cities and has helped more than 240,000 students create opportunities and pursue work they love through educational programming in technology, business and design. Jake has guided the strategic direction and growth of the company, which offers full-time immersive programs, part-time courses, classes, workshops and online educational programming on the most relevant skills of the 21st century economy, including web development, user experience design, product management, digital marketing and data science.Prior to founding General Assembly, Mr Schwartz worked for Associated Partners, a multi-stage private equity firm focused on telecommunications, media and technology co-funded by Liberty Media and Goldman Sachs. He has been named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in New York, one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” and listed on Vanity Fair’s “The Next Establishment” and Business Insider’s “Silicon Alley 100.” He holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Yale University and earned an M.B.A. with Honors from The Wharton School.
Nigel Sharp is a British-Armenian entrepreneur and technologist. Had his first computer at age 5 and ever since has been active in extra-curricular projects. He started a metal welding company at 13 years old, traded industrial and electronic hardware at 14 and competed in the Irish Young Entrepreneur national final with his invention of the Computer Mouse cleaner at age 15, which hit the shelves of local shops – profits of these enterprises went later in part to pay for his studies.Continuing a chain of such projects has been the story thread of his life. Mr Sharp built and programmed his first website at 16 and robot at 18 whilst trying pig farming in his spare time. He has continuously won awards for innovation throughout his time at King’s College London where he studied a BEng in mechanical engineering and two MSc degrees in both digital technology and engineering.Most recently he volunteered and then chose to live and work in Armenia after being given the demanding role of IT Project Manager at the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies. He pro-actively supervised and built a team to install and maintain the IT infrastructure for 2.5 years before and after the Center’s multi-million dollar launch. Most recently, Mr Sharp co-founded and became CEO of a new international technology start-up - Lionsharp who produce Voiceboard, the world's first Gesture and Voice controlled presentation tool, which integrates new live content such as maps, 3D models and webpages on top of your normal presenation slides. www.voiceboard.co.uk
In his role at MasterCard Labs, John Sheldon is responsible for scaling new technology innovations in safety, security, digital identity, authentication and financial inclusion. As part of the safety and security portfolio, he works on new ideas in attack prevention, establishing identity, detection and trust, and improving consumer experience with new biometric solutions. He also manages the Mastercard Lab for Financial Inclusion based in Nairobi, Kenya, building solutions to address developmental needs of emerging markets and creating digital platforms that provide financial access to those that are excluded from the economy.
Previously, he led Innovation Management at Mastercard Labs and was responsible for employee and customer programs and processes that helped Mastercard generate new digital product and service ideas. Prior to this he held various positions at eBay Enterprise, including Head of Growth Programs and Strategy. He also held consulting, marketing and strategy positions at Ogilvy, BBH, Oracle and Price Waterhouse and was a Founding Partner at Customer Portfolios, a database marketing company in Boston. Mr Sheldon graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a BSc in Economics.
Jeff Shoemate is the vice president of innovation and business development at UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, the nation’s largest business dedicated to the health and well-being needs of seniors and Medicare beneficiaries. In this role, Mr Shoemate leads a team responsible for the development of new, innovative products and services for UnitedHealthcare Medicare plan members. He also leads strategy and operations of the UnitedHealth Group Innovation Council, an initiative charged with development of innovation culture, corporate reputation and a portfolio of new businesses and transformational initiatives.
Prior to UnitedHealthcare, Mr Shoemate was a member of the Best Buy consumer strategy and marketing leadership from 1999 to 2009. He led marketing functions including new business development, brand strategy, advertising, innovation, sports marketing and customer centricity. Prior to this, he held roles in consumer marketing, product development, branding and research with Nielsen Marketing Research, James River Corp. and Jostens. Mr Shoemate earned a BA from Union College in Schenectady, NY and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Ms Gillian Tett
Gillian Tett is Chair, Editorial Board, and Editor-at-large, US at the Financial Times. She previously served as US Managing Editor, leading the Financial Times’ editorial operations in the region across all platforms. She writes weekly columns for the FT, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues throughout the globe. Ms Tett served as Assistant Editor, US Managing Editor from 2010 to 2012, and prior to this Assistant Editor responsible for the FT’s markets coverage. Other roles at the FT have included Capital Markets Editor, Deputy Editor of the Lex column, Tokyo Bureau Chief, Tokyo Correspondent, London-based economics reporter and a reporter in Russia and Brussels.
In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and also received the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. She is the author of The Silo Effect: Why Putting Everything In Its Place Isn't Such A Bright Idea (Simon & Schuster, 2015), New York Times bestseller Fool’s Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe (Little Brown, UK and Simon and Schuster, US, 2009), and Saving the Sun: A Wall Street Gamble to Rescue Japan from Its Trillion Dollar Meltdown (Harper Collins, 2003). Before joining the FT in 1993, Ms Tett was awarded a PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University, where she also earned her Bachelor’s degree.
Dr Tim Tuttle is the CEO & Founder of Expect Labs, an AI company developing technology to power a new generation of voice-driven applications. Dr Tuttle started his career at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, where he received his PhD. He has also served as a member of the research staff at MIT as well as Bell Laboratories. His first company built the Internet’s first large-scale CDN for real-time data. His second company, Truveo, built the web’s second-largest video search platform, reaching over 70M monthly visitors, and was acquired by AOL. Dr Tuttle served as Senior Vice President at AOL responsible for the Truveo business unit. He is a recipient of the Harvard Business School Dubilier Prize for Entrepreneurship and was selected as one of the 100 Top Young Innovators by MIT Technology Review Magazine.
Peter Von Dyck
Peter von Dyck is the Chief Executive Officer of eZassi and a 20 year technology pioneer with an exceptional record of developing highly innovative technology companies and disruptive product offerings. He is an accomplished innovator and marketer of new technology offerings in the areas of endoscopic surgery, wound care, implantable medical devices and advanced software programs and has been granted a dozen US patents. He has led the commercializing of over two dozen novel solutions and is an international market maker with demonstrated capabilities in innovation strategy, product commercialization, global business development and intellectual property management. Mr von Dyck has been recognized as a leading technology entrepreneur, including the Ernst & Young: Entrepreneur of the Year and by Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who awarded him the Business Diversification Award for Entrepreneurship. He has led several technology companies as the CEO and his previous technology firm was ranked #1 as the 50 Fastest Growing Companies in Florida.At eZassi Mr von Dyck is helping to usher in a new generation of Innovation Management software solutions that allow companies to broaden their innovation reach around the world while maintaining Intellectual Property disclosure control and preserving freedom to operate.
Richard Waters is the West Coast Managing Editor for the Financial Times. His beat covers the technology industry. Before moving to the West Coast, Richard was based in the FT’s New York office for nine years. His roles there included Wall Street reporter, New York bureau chief, and the FT’s first information industries editor, overseeing global coverage of technology, telecommunications and media. Richard previously worked at the FT in London where he held a number of positions, including editor of international capital markets, securities industry correspondent and accountancy and taxation correspondent. Before working for the FT, Richard worked as a reporter and editor for several financial magazines. He also worked for two years at Lloyd’s Bank International. In 2004, he was awarded Corporate Finance Reporter of the Year for his coverage of Google’s IPO. He was shortlisted for the Business & Finance Reporter of the Year award at the British Press Awards in 2003 and won the award in 1992 as part of a team covering the BCCI scandal.
Terry Young is the Founder and CEO of sparks&honey. Mr Young launched his first digital start up in 1995 at IPG and built it to a top 50 digital agency at the age of 27. He then joined McKinsey & Co. in Greater China to work with the Fortune 500 C-suite and incubate new startups and internet companies in Asia. In his next move, he took his strategy and digital experience to the top CRM firms at Omnicom (Targetbase and RAPP) and ultimately Epsilon. His deep understanding of digital and CRM experiences, technology platforms and consumer behavior allowed him to architect sparks & honey and a next generation marketing approach called Wave Branding. Mr Young also spent 27-months volunteering in Uralsk, Kazakhstan supporting micro credit financing initiatives, incubating new businesses and launching programs for the local orphanage. Mr Young says that each experience has given him a different lens for viewing life and more importantly understanding people and culture. This perspective has helped to shape the vision of sparks & honey.n of sparks & honey.
Agenda - 9th Dec
8:20amBreakfast Briefing: Upping the Odds of Innovation Success
Mark Payne, Founder & President, Fahrenheit 212
8:50amOn the Horizon: Imagining the Future
Terry Young, Founder & CEO, sparks & honey
9:05amThe Future of Innovation in a Networked Economy
The Internet of Things, identified frequently as the next wave of the Internet, is transforming the way we live and work. The next iteration of an already globalized society will be an even more connected world. This networked economy will create new pathways for innovation and brings tremendous opportunity for advancement as well as new challenges, for governments, companies and individuals. During this session we will hear how the Internet of Things is disrupting industries, from manufacturing to energy and beyond; and how in this new connected world a new model for capitalism may be emerging.
Jeremy Rifkin, President, The Foundation of Economic Trends; Author, "Zero Marginal Cost Society"
Steve Lucas, President, Platform Solutions, SAP
Moderator: Richard Waters, West Coast Editor, Financial Times
9:35amInterview: Managing the Collision of Intellectual Property and Open Innovation
Open Innovation programs are increasingly adopted as companies realize the necessity of tapping external sources for disruptive ideas, insights and solutions to sustain new product pipelines. The Internet of Everything (IoE) is changing the product lifecycle management strategies and creating a legal and IP paradigm shift: a shift for which many organizations are not yet prepared. In this session we will discuss this paradigm shift, the inherent IP risks associated with open innovation programs and how best to manage them to take advantage of collaborative and social R & D.
Peter Von Dyck, CEO, eZassi
Interviewer: Richard Waters, West Coast Editor, Financial Times
9:50amPanel: Innovation Ecosystems
Across the world governments are incentivizing companies to invest in their region, as they recognize the growth and prosperity this can bring. In some cases this succeeds but not in others. So how do you encourage entrepreneurship and clusters of innovation? Can they truly be forged or are they organically grown?
Victoria Espinel, CEO, BSA | The Software Alliance
Eric Gertler, Managing Director & Executive Vice President, CET and NYCEDC
Jessica Lawrence, Executive Director, NY Tech Meetup
Jake Schwartz, Co-founder & CEO, General Assembly
10:55amPanel: The Start-up Segment
Hosted by NYC Media Lab, this segment will feature presentations from some of the most exciting start-ups from a variety of industries.
Host: Justin Hendrix, Executive Director, NYC MediaLab
Erica Berger, Founder, Catchpool
Jade Huang, CEO, StyleSage
Jarryd Hammel, Co-founder, Heat Seek NYC
William Jeffries, Co-founder, Heat Seek NYC
Mor Naaman, Co-founder and Chief Scientist, SEEN
Conor Russomanno, Co-founder and CEO, OpenBCI
11:25amCase Study: Intrepreneurialism and Transforming the Company
Ben Edwards, Vice-president, Global Digital Marketing, IBM
11:40amPanel: Re-imagining the company
In today’s innovation economy where the agile start-ups are disrupting traditional models, many major companies are struggling with how to innovate for growth. They frequently do not have systematic processes in place and when they do manage to innovate it is often a one off and they struggle to build a sustainable pipeline. So how can large companies adopt similar practices to start-ups? How can they use open-innovation practices to enable them to act quickly? And how do they free themselves from their own constraints?
Rick Chavez, Chief Solutions Officer, Advertising and Consumer
Monetization Business Group, Microsoft
Mario M. Kranjac, Partner, Kranjac Tripodi & Partners
Lorna Sabbia, Head of Managed Solutions, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
John Sheldon, Senior Vice President & Group Head of Innovation Management, MasterCard Labs
Moderator: Richard Waters, West Coast Editor, Financial Times
12:20pmShort Talk: The Most Palatable Truth
In today’s mobile and millennial economy, truth can be the most profitable business model
Scott Painter, Founder and CEO, TrueCar
1:50pmShort Talk: The Longevity Economy
Jody Holtzman, Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership, AARP
Jeff Shoemate, Vice President, Innovation and Business Development, UnitedHealthcare
2:10pmA Series of Case Studies: Fueling with Data
Years of technological innovation and business practices mean that companies have amassed huge amounts of data. Harnessing big data is frequently talked about as a key way to attain a competitive advantage, but how does this work in practice? How do you turn data analytics into actual revenue and growth for your business? And how do you use this data to drive your innovations forward?
Hilary Mason, Founder and CEO, Fast Forward Labs
Arthur Kapoor, Chairman and Founder, Healthec
Robyn Peterson, Chief Technology Officer, Mashable
2:50pmShort Talk: The Rise of the Creative Class
Scott Belsky, Vice President, Mobile Products and Community, Adobe; Head, Behance
3:00pmWhen Physical and Virtual Worlds Merge
From the wonderful world of wearables, to the quantified self movement, we will explore the new innovations on the horizon and how they will impact your life.
Dave Meeker, Vice President of Innovation, Isobar
Brian Mullins, Founder and CEO, DAQRI
3:45pmFireside Chat with Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google
Interviewed by: Gillian Tett, U.S. Managing Editor, Financial Times
The FT Innovate America 2014 conference will be attended by:
- CEOs, Founders, Presidents, Chief Innovation Officers, Chief Information Officers, Chief Technology Officers, Heads of Strategy, Heads of Corporate Business Development, Chief Development Officers, Heads of M & A, Heads of R & D and Heads of Product Development in the following sectors: Healthcare, Finance, Technology, Energy, Retail, Pharma, Logistics and Education
Other attendees will include:
- Not-for- profits
- Venture Capitalists
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Lead Sponsors (3)
SAP has been the preferred choice of financial services companies for decades. In total, more than 14,100 banking and 5,600 insurance companies in over 149 countries have opted for innovative solutions from SAP. SAP offers the most comprehensive solution portfolio available for the financial services industry. This portfolio supports end-to-end processes for multiple lines of business on a single, integrated platform. The platform offers improved customer interactions, streamlined core business operations, and simplified finance and risk processes. It connects digital processes for all lines of business integrating horizontal and industry-specific solutions. It supports innovation as standard, enabling our customers to digitally disrupt and providing a link to transform to the new world form the old. This is available today in the cloud - no other company can offer such a platform.
MasterCard (NYSE: MA) is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MasterCardNews, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news.
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.
Breakfast Sponsor (1)
Fahrenheit 212 is an independent consulting firm that specializes in creating growth through innovation. The firm helps clients grow their businesses by identifying, developing, designing and implementing profitable new products and services. They partner with clients of all sizes, all industries and all geographies to solve growth challenges ranging from incremental innovation within existing business, to big bets on breakthrough innovation. The firm’s multi-disciplinary team of 45 innovation experts is organized into discrete departments focused on Strategy, Ideas and Design.
Whether they’re uncovering new markets for emerging technologies or extending existing brands into high-growth adjacencies, they always set out to solve both sides of the innovation equation: delivering to the needs of the consumer as well as the requirements of the business. Their approach to solving the two-sided innovation equation, which the firm calls “Money & Magic,” involves bringing two discrete capabilities together into one process–addressing the consumer and commercial proposition simultaneously, rather than consecutively.
Fahrenheit 212’s obsession is with outcomes, whether they’re engaged on an individual project for a portfolio company or a structured multi-year partnership with a Fortune 100 organization. In fact, they are so committed to outcomes that they put a significant portion of our potential revenue at risk, contingent upon the solutions they deliver hitting pre-defined success milestones. Putting skin in the game ensures total alignment of their clients’ interests with their own; they are partners in the risk that innovation carries, with mutual vested interest in overcoming them and delivering transformational outcomes.
Law Firm Sponsor (1)
At the heart of Wall Street, Kranjac Tripodi & Partners LLP represents financial, commercial and business clients, both domestic and international, in the global marketplace and is firmly dedicated to providing exceptional client service and innovative, pragmatic solutions. Our clients work exclusively with senior, experienced attorneys at cost effective and sensitive pricing, which is often vital to the success of their business plans. KTP handles a wide variety of general corporate, tax, commercial and real estate matters. Our attorneys focus on structuring, negotiating and properly documenting client transactions, which may include mergers and acquisitions, corporate financings, purchase and sale transactions, investment management fund start-ups, joint ventures and commercial transactions. Given the breadth of experience of KTP attorneys in all aspects of corporate and securities representation, our firm is adept at serving our clients’ needs in a wide range of legal areas impacting their respective businesses.
Media Partners (12)
Ellevate Network is a community of professional women committed to helping each other succeed. We believe that when ambitious professional women get more opportunity — to have a voice in important conversations, to have a seat at the table where decisions are made, to steer our collective economic power towards that which we care about — it ultimately benefits everyone, and leads to a more equal world. Ellevate also works with companies committed to diversity and inclusion and has a proven track record of changing business culture from the inside out.
Innoget is an Open Innovation services provider. Innoget connects innovation seekers with innovation suppliers on-line. www.innoget.com is the tool through which our customers connect with companies, research institutions, and innovation professionals worldwide. We have a global community of more than 100,000 members leading us to become a worldwide innovation marketplace reference for technology transfer. Today many organizations active in the Open Innovation field are getting competitive advantage by connecting with new technology partners worldwide thanks to their postings at Innoget.com. For more information, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ISPIM - International Society for Professional Innovation Management - is a network of researchers, industrialists, consultants and public bodies who share an interest in innovation management. Founded in 1983 by Professor Knut Holt in Norway, ISPIM is the oldest, largest and most active innovation association in Europe, rapidly expanding in the Americas and Asia.