Stefan is an acclaimed author, keynote speaker, advisor and entrepreneur. He is a global thought leader on leadership in general and corporate innovation management in particular, he travels around the world to interact with executives and corporate innovation teams who want to take their innovation capabilities and efforts to the next level. The Silicon Valley mindset is key for this to happen. This mindset is rooted in one word: impact. By leveraging new technologies, talent, strong ecosystems, agile leadership, and ingenious approaches to business, Silicon Valley impacts entire industries in ways that shape the world. For a company to thrive—or even survive—in the next decade, its leaders will need to understand the Silicon Valley mindset and be able to put it to work. He helps executives on this through his Silicon Valley Fast Track venture. Stefan completed his entrepreneurial background in A.P. Møller Shipping School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — Sloan School of Management. For more information about the Silicon Valley Fast Track, please visit: www.siliconvalleyft.com.
The advent of exponential growth is the key enabler for lightning fast development of new technologies. As this happens, technologies as we know them now merge together and bring along a whole new world of opportunities and challenges. The most important business impact is that we see a merger of industries and even the creation of new ones.
Until a recent conversation, I thought that Uber - and other car-sharing services - would be clear winners with the arrival of self-driving cars. My logic was that Uber already "owns" the users through their app and platform and then they would be able to cut the major cost in their business model; the paid drivers.