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Said Mia
Sweat Equity, Founder
Grit, resourcefulness and business acumen; each one of these traits is essential if you want to be a successful startup founder. But even if you can learn those qualities, will you be able to apply them in the right ways to overcome the many challenges early-stage companies face today? To shed light on what those challenges are and how to overcome them Said Mia, founder of Sweat Equity, joins SVIC in a live interview. Said has worked with a wide range of young companies and understands better than most the hurdles founders face in starting and growing their own organization. His outlook is summed up in the phrase ‘sweat equity’: apart from being the name of his firm, ‘sweat equity’ means investing in bringing an idea to life not with money but through hard work, determination and dedication. Watch our Facebook Live interview here at 11 am PDT / 6pm GMT on November 6. No registration required. https://siliconvalley.center/expert-talks/interview/said-mia-the-challenges-of-startup-growth/
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Add to Calendar 11/15/2018 11:00 AM 11/15/2018 11:20 AM America/Los_Angeles The Challenges of Startup Growth Grit, resourcefulness and business acumen; each one of these traits is essential if you want to be a successful startup founder. But even if you can learn those qualities, will you be able to apply them in the right ways to overcome the many challenges early-stage companies face today? To shed light on what those challenges are and how to overcome them Said Mia, founder of Sweat Equity, joins SVIC in a live interview. Said has worked with a wide range of young companies and understands better than most the hurdles founders face in starting and growing their own organization. His outlook is summed up in the phrase ‘sweat equity’: apart from being the name of his firm, ‘sweat equity’ means investing in bringing an idea to life not with money but through hard work, determination and dedication. Watch our Facebook Live interview here at 11 am PDT / 6pm GMT on November 6. No registration required. https://siliconvalley.center/expert-talks/interview/said-mia-the-challenges-of-startup-growth/
Simon Peel
Jitterbit, Chief Strategy Officer and CMO
Businesses and consumers today demand seamless user experiences and integration platforms as a service, or IPaaS, promise to deliver just that. To explain how IPaaS works we speak with Simon Peel, Chief Strategy Officer and CMO at IPaaS provider Jitterbit, in a livestream interview. Simon will discuss the trends driving growth in the IPaaS market and talk about how integration platforms can contribute to an organization’s digital transformation strategy. Watch our Facebook Live interview here at 10 am PDT / 5pm GMT on November 21. No registration required.
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Add to Calendar 11/21/2018 10:00 AM 11/21/2018 10:20 AM America/Los_Angeles Transforming Integration Platforms as a Service Businesses and consumers today demand seamless user experiences and integration platforms as a service, or IPaaS, promise to deliver just that. To explain how IPaaS works we speak with Simon Peel, Chief Strategy Officer and CMO at IPaaS provider Jitterbit, in a livestream interview. Simon will discuss the trends driving growth in the IPaaS market and talk about how integration platforms can contribute to an organization’s digital transformation strategy. Watch our Facebook Live interview here at 10 am PDT / 5pm GMT on November 21. No registration required.
Kunal Contractor
Avaamo, Global Director
Conner Elliott
Quid, Sales Director
Mamta Narain
HPE, Artificial Intelligence Product Management Leader
In the enterprise setting, conversational AI has the potential to bring huge gains in efficiency and provide innovative solutions to long-standing business challenges. But what will it do to the customer experience? Can we trust AI to be the face - and voice - of a company?
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Mathieu Guerville
Director, UL Ventures
Most innovation initiatives fail before they even start. Unsupportive environment, poor use of tools, lack of adequate culture, misalignment between approaches and goals and many more factors contribute to this sad state of affairs. This webinar explains how to create a solid foundation from which to build innovation and transformation, with practical rather than theoretical advice and real-world examples.
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Erik Schluntz
Cobalt Robotics, Co-founder and CTO
What does it mean to be an entrepreneur today? What personal qualities are needed to succeed at entrepreneurship and can they be learned by us all? In this SVIC Interview we get answers to these questions from Erik Schluntz, co-founder and CTO at smart-robots-for-security company Cobalt Robotics. Erik will tell us about the path he took to becoming an entrepreneur; the highs, the lows and everything in between. At Cobalt Robotics, Erik and his team have built robots which interact with humans and get smarter over time. Erik’s work at Cobalt Robotics won him a place on the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 list in the enterprise technology category. How does Erik reflect on his journey so far and which problems does he see in the world that he still wants to solve? Tune in to this SVIC Interview to find out. Watch our Facebook Live interview here at 9.30 am PDT / 4.30 pm GMT on December 6. No registration required.
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Add to Calendar 12/06/2018 09:30 AM 12/06/2018 10:00 AM America/Los_Angeles Entrepreneurship for Today and Tomorrow What does it mean to be an entrepreneur today? What personal qualities are needed to succeed at entrepreneurship and can they be learned by us all? In this SVIC Interview we get answers to these questions from Erik Schluntz, co-founder and CTO at smart-robots-for-security company Cobalt Robotics. Erik will tell us about the path he took to becoming an entrepreneur; the highs, the lows and everything in between. At Cobalt Robotics, Erik and his team have built robots which interact with humans and get smarter over time. Erik’s work at Cobalt Robotics won him a place on the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 list in the enterprise technology category. How does Erik reflect on his journey so far and which problems does he see in the world that he still wants to solve? Tune in to this SVIC Interview to find out. Watch our Facebook Live interview here at 9.30 am PDT / 4.30 pm GMT on December 6. No registration required.

Past Events

Watch Silicon Valley Innovation Center Webinar with Balvinder Singh Powar

Leading Through Innovation: Attitude for Success

The importance of soft skills in innovation and the world we will live in

We would like to invite you to an inspiring talk/workshop about Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Motivation by Professor Balvinder Singh Powar. We will talk about key areas such as Diversity, Innovation, Entrepreneurial Attitude & How to make Change Happen. Balvinder will use his vast experience leading and working with teams on cutting edge projects to describe how to build a culture of Innovation in your organization through practical tips. We are living in a fast paced and challenging world which can make us feel both excited and concerned but let´s take stock and see how we can find the best ways forward. Learn how we can inspire each other to Create a Culture of Innovation, take Responsibility and Dream BIG!

Balvinder Singh Powar, Booster Space Industries, Board Member and Director
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Watch Silicon Valley Innovation Center's Interview with Radhakrishnan NR

The High-touch World of Fintech

Interview with Radhakrishnan NR, Fintech Practice Head at RapidValue

Robots, chatbots and a super smooth customer experience: this is the new world of fintech. Where do established banks and insurers fit in to this rapidly changing marketplace? Will they forever be playing catch-up or can they marshal the resources to strike back and seize the initiative? In this SVIC Interview Radhakrishnan NR, fintech practice head at digital solutions provider RapidValue, says they can keep up and, in fact, already are. He points to how legacy providers of insurance and financial services are integrating artificial intelligence and robotic process automation into their workflow to deliver seamless customer experiences. But with technology changing at a rapid pace, artificial intelligence is just a stepping stone. “Companies should not just be going with the technology that’s in fashion today, says Radhakrishnan. “They need to ask themselves where they want to be in five years’ time. That’s the question which is going to create the roadmap for what needs to be done.”

Radhakrishnan NR, RapidValue, Fintech Practice Head
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Watch Silicon Valley Innocation Center's interview with Widya

Life Sciences Innovation and the Challenge of Commercialization

Interview with Widya Mulyassasmita, Chief Business Officer and Founding Team Member, Venn Biosciences

How does innovation happen in the life sciences and how does it get to market? With researchers often motivated by curiosity - not commercial value - scientific breakthroughs don’t always translate into market opportunities.So, are science and business compatible? In this SVIC interview Widya Mulyasasmita, chief business officer and founding member of Venn Biosciences, says “yes” and she explains how its done. Widya speaks from a place of experience; before venturing into the world of startups she worked with multinationals on their innovation strategies. She comes down firmly on the side of collaboration. By working together, she says, corporates and startups can achieve great things.

Widya Mulyasasmita, Venn Biosciences, Chief Business Officer And Founding Team Member
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Watch Silicon Valley Innovation Center's Webinar: Innovation for companies and countries

Innovation for Companies and Countries

Entrepreneurism, venture capital and how to commercialize innovation

In this webinar Sean Sheppard and Andrew Goldner of GrowthX tackle two sides of the corporate innovation coin: commercializing innovation and corporate venture capital best practices.

Andrew Goldner, GrowthX, Founding Partner
Sean Sheppard, GrowthX, Founding Partner
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watch Interview with Balvinder Singh

Cultivating Soft Skills to Foster a Culture of Innovation

Interview with Balvinder Singh Powar, Board Member and Director, Booster Space Industries

How can these skills be developed? Where and when should they be deployed in today’s fast-changing business environment?

Balvinder Singh Powar, Booster Space Industries, Board Member and Director
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Robin's Webinar

How to Strategically Convert and Digitize a Traditional Insurance Business

How to Strategically Convert and Digitize a Traditional Insurance Business

You can be an Insurance Entrepreneur, C-suite executives of insurers, Claims Administrators or decision makers planning to upgrade a basic insurance business to a more modern digitized model. A Senior Manager in control of developing digital strategies in operations, marketing, sales and distribution of an insurance company. A fresh startup looking at both traditional and advanced view of the insurance business and on how to transition from one side to another. To acquire greater knowledge and insights into the challenges and process of digitalization

Robin Kiera, Digitalscouting.de, Founder
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Detonate Webinar Geoff tuff & Steve Goldbach Video Recording

Detonate: Blow up the playbooks. Ignite change.

Why – and how – corporations need to blow up best practices and bring a beginner’s mind to survive

Often without meaning to, organizations continually waste precious resources on processes and activities that don't create value. Join Deloitte’s Geoff Tuff and Steve Goldbach for practical and empowering advice on navigating these times of accelerated change and disruption

Geoff Tuff, Deloitte, Principal and Senior Leader of the Innovation and Applied Design practices
Steve Goldbach, Deloitte, Principle and US Chief Strategy Officer
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Market Development and the Innovation Process

Interview with Andrew Goldner and Sean Sheppard, Founding Partners, GrowthX

In conversation with SVIC Andrew Goldner and Sean Sheppard talk about how companies can launch new products in unfamiliar markets and use corporate venture capital to boost their powers of innovation. After several decades working internationally with corporates and startups, in 2015 Andrew and Sean founded GrowthX, a venture capital firm and market development accelerator. Andrew and Sean’s insights will empower you to tackle the challenges which conventional corporate wisdom fails to address.

Andrew Goldner, GrowthX, Founding Partner
Sean Sheppard, GrowthX, Founding Partner
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The Rising Wave of Insurtech

Interview with Robin Kiera, Founder, Digitalscouting.de

A new breed of insurance company is on the horizon. Insurtechs, although occupying a relatively small part of the market, are growing fast. Their rise is piling pressure on traditional insurers to evolve into digital enterprises, yet the insurance industry as a whole still runs according to models which are quickly becoming outdated. How can well-established insurance companies digitize to avoid getting left behind? How are technologies like artificial intelligence and internet of things disrupting their business and what can they do about it? Dr. Robin Kiera, one of the most prominent thought leaders on fintech and insurtech in Europe, tackles these questions and more in a live interview with SVIC

Robin Kiera, Digitalscouting, Founder
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Startup DNA at corporate scale, Mike Sigal Past webinar, 9/24/2018

Startup DNA at Corporate Scale

96% of corporate innovation initiatives fail. Another form of innovation, startups, actually fare worse with less than 1% succeeding. Yet over the last 80 years, the startup/venture capital industry has consistently generated outsized returns from investments in innovation. This session will provide an overview of the battle-tested startup and VC-inspired tools and techniques corporations need to leverage to drive operational excellence at innovation, cultural transformation, and reliable returns from innovation spending.

Mike Sigal, Upside Partners, Co-Founder
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Watch Silicon Valley Innovation Center's Webinar The Future Belongs to Cities

The Future Belongs to Cities

The Pursuit of Social Good and Economic Opportunity

Over half the world's population lives in an urban setting and in the next 20 years another two billion will join them. This webinar will explore these topics and empower the attendee to think about what action they might take.

Dr. Jonathan Reichental, Technology Leader and Professor
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Watch Silicon Valley Innovation Center's webinar The Future of the Workplace

The Future of the Workplace

Adapting to the dynamics of the workforce and AI

Diversity and inclusion have been hot topics in Silicon Valley for a while now. Studies have shown that diversified teams outperform homogeneous ones, bring in more revenue, and are demanded by millennials in the workforce. So far, progress on this front has been slow, as it’s difficult to know what actionable steps to take without insights. However, the use of artificial intelligence can enable hiring processes free of human error and bias, as well as pathways to achieving diversity across the tech industry. Join us for a discussion about building the future of diversity and inclusion through AI and data science.

Maya Ackerman, Wave AI, CEO and Co-founder
Siobhan Neilland, OneMama.org, CEO
Vaibhav Pawa, Atipica, Product and Engineering
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Watch Kunal's interview

Conversational AI and the Digital Transformation Journey

Interview with Kunal Contractor, Global Director, Avaamo

In a interview with SVIC, Global Director at Avaamo Kunal Contractor discusses the role of conversational AI in an enterprise’s digital transformation journey. More than just a chatbot, Avaamo’s AI is capable of making value judgements, something which can dramatically improve the customer experience. But is conversational AI really capable of completely replacing humans? Even if it can, would that switch be desirable or will we always want to pick up the phone and hear a human voice?

Kunal Contractor, Avaamo, Global Director
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Nima Shomali Silicon Valley Innovation Center's Interview Speaker

Legacy Business Transformation

Interview with Nima Shomali, Managing Partner, Acceleration Technology Partners

In conversation with SVIC, Managing Partner at Acceleration Technology Partners, Nima Shomali, talks about how firms can become more innovative. Are there shortcuts, like partnering with startups? Does innovation always mean taking risks and in which industries and companies do we see the healthiest, most innovative corporate cultures? In a live interview, Nima will touch upon all these topics and more ahead of his webinar at SVIC on August 27

Nima Shomali, Acceleration Technology Partners, Managing Partner
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Optimizing Firms for Corporate Innovation Silicon Valley Innovation Center's Webinar

Optimizing Firms for Corporate Innovation

How to structure firms for long-term innovation

In conversation with SVIC, Managing Partner at Acceleration Technology Partners, Nima Shomali, talks about how firms can become more innovative. Do companies need to disrupt themselves in order to innovate? Are there shortcuts, like partnering with startups? Does innovation always mean taking risks and in which industries and companies do we see the healthiest, most innovative corporate cultures?

Nima Shomali, Acceleration Technology Partners, Managing Partner
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Watch Silicon Valley Innovation Center Interview with Dr. Maya Ackerman

AI and Irreplaceable Human Characteristics

Interview with Maya Ackerman, CEO and Co-founder, Wave AI

In a live interview with SVIC Dr. Maya Ackerman discusses artificial intelligence and the future of the workplace. Are there human characteristics which machines will never be able to replace or are all jobs, no matter how complex, under threat? Dr Ackerman’s work tackles this conundrum head-on. Together with colleagues at startup Wave AI she developed ALYSIA, an AI platform capable of writing songs. Are we at the beginning of an age when even the arts - a field of experience as old as humanity itself - can be reproduced by an algorithm? To explore the answer to that question and much more, Dr. Ackerman joins SVIC in a live interview.

Dr. Maya Ackerman, Wave AI, CEO, Co-founder
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Gregory Le Blanc Silicon Valley Innovation Center Interview Speaker

New Business Models and Digital Transformation

Interview with Gregory LaBlanc, Distinguished Teaching Fellow, Haas School of Business

In a live interview with SVIC, award-winning Berkeley academic Gregory LaBlanc will discuss how to build a company to prosper in today’s digital era. He will offer insights into how organizations should use data and software to fundamentally change the way they work. Drawing upon real-world examples and more than two decades of experience as a sought-after consultant and strategist, Gregory will challenge your thinking on what it means to do business in the twenty-first century."

Gregory LaBlanc, Haas School of Business, Distinguished Teaching Fellow
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Mathieu Guerville Silicon Valley Innovation Center Interview Speaker

Corporate Venture Capital and Innovation in Traditional Companies

Interview with Mathieu Guerville, Innovation Director and Principal, UL Ventures

In conversation with SVIC, Innovation Director and Principal at UL Ventures, Mathieu Guerville, talks about innovation in a traditional corporate environment. How can startups and large companies work together most effectively? What are winning strategies when it comes to corporate venture capital and what does it take to build and maintain an innovation culture within a legacy business? In a live interview Mathieu will touch upon these topics and more.

Mathieu Guerville, UL Ventures, Innovation Director and Principal
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Watch Silicon Valley Innovation Center's Webinar The Four Lenses of Digital Innovation with Rowan Gibson

The Four Lenses of Digital Transformation

Success Strategies for Disruptive Times

How can a company equip itself to embrace opportunities – and avoid the inherent threats? The only answer is digital innovation across the entire business model, and the embedment of a new digital mindset throughout the organization. In this webinar, global thought leader Rowan Gibson will describe a systematic methodology for digital innovation and transformation based on four key mental perspectives.

Rowan Gibson, Bestselling Author of The Four Lenses of Innovation, Influencer
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Watch Silicon Valley Innovation Center's Interview With Dr. Rowan Gibson

The Innovation Chain Reaction

Interview with Rowan Gibson, Influencer, Bestselling Author of The Four Lenses of Innovation

Innovation requires bravery. This fact is well illustrated by the story of Netflix, whose CEO Reed Hastings went against conventional wisdom when he made a bet that streaming video would replace DVD rentals. As we all now know, Hastings could not have been more right. “I give Reed Hastings a tremendous amount of credit for being able to shift the company away from this existing business model to a new business model based on streaming,” says Rowan Gibson, author and innovation expert. Hastings feats at Netflix are just one of the many themes Gibson touches upon in this interview with SVIC. Other topics we discussed with him include his methodology for effecting disruptive change, what he calls “the four lenses of innovation”. But the four lenses alone are not enough. As Gibson acknowledges, taking steps along the path toward a true breakthrough requires the courage to see opportunities where others see only threats.

Rowan Gibson, Influencer, Bestselling Author of The Four Lenses of Innovation
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Ed Fernandez Towards Zero Clicks Webinar Speaker Recording

Towards Zero Clicks

Machine Learning and AI for every business

The ultimate drivers of digital transformation, machine learning and artificial intelligence are the biggest trends in tech. While organizations in virtually every industry want to streamline it, business adoption often proves a challenge. Join Ed Fernandez, award-winning advisor and technology entrepreneur, as he goes beyond the headlines and hype to understand AI enterprise adoption and its impact on business processes. This webinar will allow you to see practical examples in action and learn the steps to get on board with machine learning in your own business. You will gain insights on enterprise tools and Machine Learning as a Service (MLaaS) and discover simple steps to get your company and your team started with machine learning now (and AI next).

Ed Fernandez, Naiss
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Corporate Startup Ecosystem and Inovation Silicon Valley Innovation Center's Webinar Recording

Corporate Startup Ecosystem and Innovation Obstacles

How Corporation Can Compete With Silicon Valley By Building Their Own Abilities To Disrupt And Be Disruptive

Large companies aren't like startups and copying their tactics can be frustrating and sometimes foolish. A big corporate is more like an ecosystem that has startups inside it, trying to survive. The CEO can't simply command innovation to occur and expect greatness. But we can change the ecosystem to support intrapreneurship.

Tristan Kromer, Kromatic, Lean Startup Coach and Founder
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