Rainforest Rev: Measuring Culture, Performance, and Innovation

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Measuring Culture, Performance, and Innovation

Alistair Brett, co-author of The Rainforest Scorecard, a new tool to be featured at the Global Innovation Summit
Culture drives performance and innovation. But can we describe, quantify, measure, and manage all the variables in an ecosystem which determine culture? We answer this question in the just published The Rainforest Scorecard: A Practical Framework for Growing Innovation Potential. The Scorecard provides a systematic, comprehensive, detailed strategy for assessing and quantifying all elements of an organizational culture with respect to its capacity for innovation.   The framework serves as tactical scaffolding upon which innovation culture can be built at scale, in any organization, public or private. Read more here.


Ayn Rand Never Built A Company

By Victor Hwang, CEO & Co-Founder of T2 Venture Creation, from Forbes
Ayn Rand argued that rational selfishness is a virtue. She felt that morality that is not rational diminishes life and happiness. Rand has experienced a popular boomlet in recent years, but Rand’s ideas don’t fit the reality. They ignore the real economic value creation that happens everyday, whether in the Valley or anywhere else. The hopes and dreams and passions of innovators are not frivolous—they are at the core of the economic system. How they confront and conquer the challenge of bringing new ideas to life is what matters. Read more here.


The Purpose of Silicon Valley

MIT Technology Review
Capital and engineering talent have been flocking to seemingly trivial mobile apps. Michael Steep isn’t alone in asking whether Silicon Valley is devoting far too many resources to easy opportunities in mobile apps and social media at the expense of attacking bigger problems in energy, medicine, and transportation. Reid Hoffman sees that as appropriate, because software affects every level of products and organizations. That means it offers opportunities to have huge impacts. Read more here.


The Dawn of System Leadership

Stanford Social Innovation Review
The stereotype of the solo inventor, or the lone maverick leader, is giving way to an appreciation for the ways that breakthrough technologies actually develop today: a collective process that harnesses group skills and creativity. This new paradigm requires leadership that is diffuse and team-oriented, that catalyzes solutions through a collective model of system leadership. Read more here.


The Daily Innovator: The Four Innovation Practices That Matter

The Huffington Post
Everyone wants innovation, but few really know how to go about encouraging it. That hasn’t stopped an avalanche of books offering advice for fostering innovation. With so much written about it, there is little consensus for a definitive approach. Dozens of interviews with executives, entrepreneurs, and investors have however revealed a few sure-fire practices that most people agree can help organizations be more innovative. Read more here.




The Nordic Model

Foreign Affairs
Niklas Zennstrom founded the peer-to-peer file-sharing company Kazaa in 2000 and the Internet telephone company Skype in 2003. He believes two most important qualities for a successful entrepreneur to have are courage and curiosity. Read more here.


Cuban Entrepreneurs Take Startup 101

CNN Money
StartUp Cuba, a newly formed Miami-based initiative, wants to provide business education, ethical training and fellowship opportunities in the U.S. for Cuban entrepreneurs. Read more here.


Five US Tech Hubs You Probably Didn’t Know About

Everyone knows the usual suspects when it comes to startup-friendly U.S. regions. Silicon Valley and Boston have been joined by San Francisco, New York, and Austin among the more well-known tech hubs. But there are a number of lesser-known burbs that are proving they can compete with the more celebrated tech cities. Read more here.




Global Innovation Summit

The Global Innovation Summit is the world’s largest gathering for building ecosystems of innovation and entrepreneurship.  Here’s the agenda.

February 17 to February 19.  Silicon Valley, CA

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 

  • Opening Ceremony: Welcome and Introduction to the Summit
    • Victor W. Hwang, Executive Director
    • Mark Newberg, Deputy Director
  • Opening Keynote Interview
    • Interviewer: Mary Kay Magistad (BBC Radio and Public Radio International)
    • Kamran Elahian (Chairman, Global Catalyst Partners)
  • Design Lab #1: The Rainforest Master Plan
  • Evening Event: Celebration of Art & Innovation

Wednesday,  February 18, 2015

  • Opening Case Study – the Shinola Story
    • Interviewer: Loren Feldman (Entrepreneurship Editor, Forbes)
    • Bridget Russo (Marketing Director for Shinola and Bedrock Manufacturing)
  • Design Lab #2: Ecosystem Mapping
  • Conversation #1: Design.
  • Innovation Inside: Building Innovative Teams
    • Moderator: Joe Sterling (Head of Consulting, T2 Venture Creation)
    • Pablo Salazar Rojo (Managing Director, Naranya Ventures)
    • Natalie Sweeney (Senior Business Innovation Strategy Consultant, Highmark)
    • Jeanine Becker (Lecturer in Law, Stanford Law School)
    • Patrick Davis (Senior Officer for Strategic Initiatives, Calvert Foundation)
    • Emily Lutyens (Co-CEO, Legworks)
  • Rubiks’ Cubed: Creative Problem Solving at Scale
    • Moderator: Ade Mabogunje (Senior Research Associate, Stanford University)
    • Megan Kachur (Creative Development Manager of Innovation, Walt Disney World)
    • Conrad Von Igel (Executive Director, Centro De Innovacion)
    • Maggie Hsu (Director of Marketing & External Relations, Las Vegas Downtown Project)
    • Maryann Feldman (Heninger Distinguished Professor, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Educated Insight: The Reinvention of Learning
    • Moderator: Diana Walker (Principal, Walker Impact Strategies)
    • Mark Hatch (CEO, TechShop)
    • Rick Beyer (President Emeritus, Wheeling Jesuit Univ.)
    • Wanny Hersey (Superintendent & Principal, Bullis Charter School)
    • Wayne Li (Oliver Professor of the Practice of Design & Engineering, School of Industrial Design, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Case Studies: Design of Startup Ecosystems
    • Moderator: Tom Guevara (US Department of Commerce)
    • Prafull Anubhai (Ahmedabad University)
  • Conversations #2: Capital
  • Atlas Hugged: When Big Money Builds Global Ecosystems
    • Moderator: Isabel Alvarez-Rodriguez (External Relations, Inter-American Development Bank)
    • Per Fredrik Ilsass Pharo (Director, Government of Norway’s Climate & Forest Initiative)
    • Jason Baron (Managing Director & Head Portfolio Manager for Social Investments, US Trust)
    • Gordon Myers (Chief Counsel, Technology & Private Equity, International Finance Corporation)
  • Catching Waves: Investing in Emerging Ecosystems
    • Moderator: Allen Taylor (VP, Global Network, Endeavor Global)
    • Paul Breloff (Managing Director, Accion Venture Lab)
    • Jessica Loman (Director of Operations and Impact, Toniic)
    • Walid Bakr (Director, The Abraaj Group)
  • Making it Matter: Impact Investing at the Cutting Edge
    • Moderator: Cathy Clark (Adjunct Professor and Director, CASE i3, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University)
    • Raul Pomares (Founder, Sonen Capital)
    • Miguel Granier (Managing Director, Invested Development)
    • Johanna Posada (Founder & Managing Director, Elevar Equity)
    • Abigail Noble (Associate Director & Head of Impact Investing Initiatives, World Economic Forum)
  • Case Study: Investing by Geography
    • Moderator: Ben Thornley (Founder & Managing Director, ICAP Partners)
    • Ahmed Alfi (Founder, Sawari Ventures)
    • Nasir Ali (CEO, Upstate Venture Connect)
  • Case Studies: Designing Ecosystems
  • Case Study: The Catchafire Story
    • Moderator: Cynthia Muller (Senior Director of Impact Investing, Arabella Advisors)
    • Scott Schwaitzberg (Head of Enterprise Business, Catchafire)
  • Financial Health: New Solutions for Underserved Markets
    • Arjan Schutte (Managing Partner, Core Innovation Capital)
    • Jennifer Tescher (President & CEO, Center for Financial Services Innovation)
  • Case Study: Crowdfunding: Circling Up
    • Moderator: Mark Newberg (5 Stone Green Capital)
    • Jason Yuan (CircleUp)
  • Design Lab #3
  • Ecosystem Design Gallery

Thursday, February 19, 2015

  • Something in the Air: Measuring, Understanding and Driving Innovation Culture
    • Julie Lenzer Kirk (Director of the Office Innovation and Entrepreneurship, U.S. Department of Commerce)
    • Henry Doss (Chief Strategy Officer for T2 Venture Creation)
    • Alistair Brett (International Technology Commercialization Advisor for T2 Venture Creation)
  • Conversation #3: Leadership
  • Phoenix Rising: Triumph Over Crisis
    • Moderator: Michael Lesnick (Senior Partner, Meridian Institute)
    • Dr. Sakena Yacoobi (CEO, Afghan Institute of Learning)
    • Jeff Finkle (President & CEO, International Economic Development Council)
    • Earl Robinson (Principal, RLMcCall Partners)
    • Chid Liberty (CEO, Liberty & Justice)
  • Insight Included: Diversity by Design
    • Kumardev Chatterjee (Founder & President, European Young Innovators Forum)
    • Ursula Oesterle (Vice President of Innovations, Swisscom)
    • Eric Ball (Treasurer & Senior Vice President of Finance, Oracle)
  • Case Studies: Leading the Technology Commercialization Process
    • Moderator: Soody Tronson (Founder and Principal, STLGip, Technology Law Firm)
    • Victor Hwang (Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Liquidity Corporation)
    • Mir Imran, Chairman & CEO (InCube Ventures)
    • Andrew Farquharson, Managing Director (InCube Ventures)
  • Case Studies: Leading Public Policy to Grow Ecosystems
    • Moderator: Greg Horowitt (T2 Venture Creation)
    • Juan Camilo Quintero (Executive Manager, Ruta N)
    • Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu (InfoGraphics Nigeria Ltd.)
  • Design Lab #4: Synthesis
  • Closing Keynote Conversation – Fostering the Entrepreneurial Spirit
    • Moderator: Loren Feldman (Entrepreneurship Editor, Forbes)
    • Nancy Pfund (Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Investors)
    • Fadi Ghandour (Founder and Vice Chairman, Aramex)
  • Awards and Closing Ceremony

Global Innovation Week

February 15 to February 21.  Silicon Valley, CA

Sunday, February 15

  • 11:00-5:00PM. Family Science Days. Host: American Association for the Advancement of Science. Location: San Jose Convention Center

Monday, February 16

  • Capital Ecosystems event. Host: Kauffman Fellows. nestGSV, Menlo Park
  • 5:00-6:00PM.  Rainforest Architects and Makers Reception (private). Host: T2 Venture Creation. Location: Marriott Hotel, San Jose
  • Brazilian Entrepreneur Leaders. Host: BayBrazil.

Tuesday, February 17 

Wednesday, February 18

Thursday, February 19

  • 11:00-1:00PM.  Innovation in R&D: Lunch & Learn (by invitation only). Host: BayBio. Location: South San Francisco
  • 2:00-4:00PM. Convening the Conveners (private). Host: Opportunity Collaboration and Global Innovation Summit. Location: Marriott Hotel, San Jose
  • 2:00-6:00PM. Rapid Urban Prototyping for Green Clean and Lean Cities. Host: Urban Innovation Exchange. Location: Prospect Silicon Valley, San Jose
  • 3:00-5:00PM. Startup Funding Disrupted: Understanding the New Venture Ecosystem.  Host: DLA Piper.  Location: Xerox PARC, Palo Alto
  • 5:00-6:30PM. PARC Forum (with Stanford design researcher Ade Mabogunje).  Host: Xerox PARC.  Host: Palo Alto
  • Tea With a Twist. Host: Global Privat. Location: Marriott Hotel, San Jose

Friday, February 20

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