Tech and art experts discuss how startups can conjure up genius, and bring arts to Silicon Valley.
How do audacious new ideas make it to market? Silicon Valley has become world-famous for the way it rockets young companies to greatness, with incubators that champion "lean startups," "constant iteration," and the virtues of "failing fast." Now many of these radical ideas are taking on a second life in the arts arena. After all, the realities of tech startups - big dreams, tight budgets and a stubborn insistence on disrupting the status quo - are hallmarks of pioneers everywhere. A new creative ethos is taking shape, as the startup formula catches hold in unexpected places throughout the Bay Area. Find out how Silicon Valley culture intersects with Bay Area arts as The New York Times' Digital Domain columnist, Stross, and Z Space's innovative Executive Artistic Director, Steindler, come together for a conversation about conjuring up genius.
George Anders is a New York Times-bestselling author and a journalist with three decades of experience writing for national publications. He started his career at The Wall Street Journal, where he became a top feature writer specializing in in-depth profiles. He was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for national reporting. He also has served as West Coast bureau chief for Fast Company magazine and as a founding member of the Bloomberg View board of editors. His work has appeared in leading publications worldwide, including The New York Times, BusinessWeek, The Guardian and the Harvard Business Review.
Lisa Steindler is the Executive Artistic Director of the Z Space.
Randall Stross writes the New York Times column Digital Domain and is professor of business at San Jose State University. He is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including The Wizard of Menlo Park, eBoys, and The Microsoft Way. He lives in Burlingame, California.
Randall Stross, New York Times columnist and author of The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator, gives advice to ambitious, entrepreneurial college graduates: get started right after graduation, and utilize your college friends.