A major factor in capital allocation today is innovation. Advances in computer science, biotechnology and energy are adding to humanity’s body of knowledge and when successfully coupled with capital produce benefits for producers and consumers alike. Such competition for capital, though, drives organizations both large and small to continually re-invest in research and development, with a clear focus on innovation. Under these conditions, how can businesses accelerate innovation and make R&D more productive? What attributes or lessons can be learned in respect to continual innovation, in order to keep markets and capture new ones? How do capital suppliers understand the R&D cycle and evaluate businesses in which innovation occurs over long time horizons?
Julius Akinyemi is the initiator of Unleashing the Wealth of Nations project and the Resident Entrepreneur at MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Akinyemi, a native of Nigeria, is exploring the commercialization of technology innovation to empower people in developing nations, so that they may invent new opportunities for themselves and their societies in a networked “always-on/always connected” information economy, with an entrepreneurial spirit.
Prior to his residency at the MIT Media Lab, Akinyemi was Global Director of Emerging Technologies for PepsiCo, Inc.; Senior Vice President for Emerging Technologies and Wireless Business Technology for Wells Fargo Bank, where he also served in various areas of the bank including finance, systems, retail and commercial banking. Julius has been involved in various industry groups including membership in the Mobile Finance Steering Committee of the Financial Services Technology Consortium and Bank Information Services (BITS) Financial Services Round-table. He was also involved in the Consumer product Group’s RFID technology item tags project. Julius was an Executive Advisory Board member of Cingular/AT&T Wireless as well as Verizon Wireless companies. Previously he was Director of Finance and MIS for Pan American World Airways (Western Europe Region) based in Paris, France.
Akinyemi is the founder of Applied Technology Solutions, which provides low-cost Internet access in developing countries, and co-founder of Sweden-based ICT4Africa. He was a member of the working team for ICT to eliminate poverty at the UN. He has an MBA from Ohio University.
With 15 years experience in digital journalism, as an editor, writer and blogger, Mr. Greg Bartalos is currently Editor-in-Chief of Barrons.com, the online complement to Barron's, the premier financial news magazine since 1921. Mr. Bartalos, who was Senior Editor of Barrons.com from 2001 to 2005, returned in 2008 to oversee the site's editorial content, partner relations and social media efforts.
Mr. Bartalos, based in New York, worked previously at Yahoo! Finance, as News Editor and Assistant Managing Editor, and at Bloomberg News as a reporter. He also was Managing Editor of Individual Investor Online and a reporter for Institutional Investor.
He has spoken at the Forbes.com Online Brand Leadership Forum about digital journalism and at an American Business Media panel discussion titled “It’s All About Search: Partnering to Get the Most Exposure for Your Content.” He also was a judge for the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards.
Mr. Bartalos also contributes to the website for the Big Takeover, one of America’s oldest independently-produced music magazines. A graduate of Boston University, he lives in Scarsdale, NY, with his wife, Myra, and daughter, Clara.
Stanley M. Bergman
Stanley M. Bergman is Chairman and CEO of Henry Schein Inc., a Fortune 500 company and the largest distributor of dental, medical, and animal health products and services to office-based health care practitioners in North America and Europe, with nearly 12,000 employees and operations or affiliations in 22 countries. Henry Schein Inc. has been included in the Fortune list of America’s Most Admired Companies for three consecutive years, and each of those years the company has led its industry in social responsibility.
Mr. Bergman, his wife, Marion, and their two sons, Paul and Eddie, are active supporters of organizations fostering the arts, higher education, cultural diversity, and grassroots health care and sustainable and entrepreneurial economic-development initiatives in the United States, Africa, and other developing regions of the world.
Mr. Bergman also serves on a number of boards in related areas, including the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, the University of Witwatersrand, Tel Aviv University, the Metropolitan Opera, the Business Council for International Understanding, the American Dental Association (where he was awarded honorary membership) and the Forsyth Institute, the premier oral-health research institution in the United States.
Doug Jamison is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and a Managing Director of Harris & Harris Group, Inc., a publicly traded venture capital company listed on the Nasdaq Global Market (NASDAQ: TINY). Harris & Harris Group focuses solely in making initial investments in “tiny” technologies, which it defines as nanotechnology and microsystems.
He has previously held the positions of President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Harris & Harris Group, Inc. He is also currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of H&H Ventures Management, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Harris & Harris Group. He is a member of the Board of Directors of HzO, Inc., and a Board observer in ABS Materials, Inc., Produced Water Absorbents, Inc., and Metabolon, Inc., privately held nanotechnology-enabled portfolio companies of Harris & Harris Group. He was responsible for Harris & Harris Group's investment in Solazyme, Inc. (Nasdaq: SZYM) prior to it going public in May 2011.
He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Innovalight, Inc., prior to its acquisition by E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of "Nanotechnology Law & Business." He is a member of the University of Pennsylvania Nano-Bio Interface Ethics Advisory Board, and a member of the Advisory Board, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Nanotechnology Venture Forum. Prior to joining Harris & Harris Group, he was a Senior Technology Manager at the University of Utah Technology Transfer Office, where he managed intellectual property in physics, chemistry and the engineering sciences.
He is a graduate of Dartmouth College (B.A., 1992) and the University of Utah (M.S., 1999).
Saeju Jeong provides the core of the Noom spirit and drive. His entrepreneurial journey started at age 19 in Korea, when he established BuyHard Productions, an independent music label chosen as the most promising e-business in Korea in 2001. After early success in Asia, his ambition led him to global markets and New York, where he was the sole representative of an international music company. Saeju was able to build the team for the Asian tour of the Broadway musical "Bye Bye Birdie," without knowing anyone beforehand. Despite his other interests, Saeju has always pursued technology, studying Electrical Engineering at Hong Ik University, working as an IT specialist in the Korean defense industry for 3 years, and completing a variety of IT certifications. At Noom, Saeju contributes his integrity and passion to the team, investors, partners, and users. Saeju is always the loudest guy at the lunch table, cheering on the team's daily accomplishment and celebrating progress. He truly believes Noom's diverse culture is the reason it has succeeded globally.
Mickey McManus is president, CEO, and principal of MAYA Design, a technology design and innovation lab that tames complexity through human-centered design.
In 2005, Mickey spearheaded the launch of MAYA's Pervasive Computing practice to help companies kick-start innovation around business challenges in a vastly connected world, where even now computing devices outnumber people. To maximize such opportunities for innovation, he leads a team of cognitive psychologists, ethnographers, computer scientists, mathematicians, visual and industrial designers, game designers, architects, and filmmakers. This interdisciplinary team collaborates to design products, services, and environments for people in a trillion-node world—a world whose scale and complexity will dwarf that of today's Internet. Mickey and his team work with a wide range of clients—from Fortune 500 global companies to foundations, government organizations, and startups.
To explore the ramifications of a trillion networked nodes, including this network's potential impact on individuals and businesses, Mickey co-authored Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology, published by John Wiley & Sons. The book is a field guide to the future, where computing will cease to be confined to any particular "box," but instead be freely accessible in the ambient environment.