A panel of start-up experts discuss how to create a business culture that is supportive of creative thinking and innovation.
Sarah Backhouse is the Founder of Future360 -- an online video network dedicated to showcasing cleantech innovation.
A TV host and producer, Sarah has lived in Sydney, London and Los Angeles, where she worked for a diverse array of broadcasters including: CNBC, BBC, PBS, Fine Living, Sci Fi Channel, Discovery Channel and Planet Green. Since 2006, Sarah has focused her attention solely on sustainability coverage.
A sought after emcee and keynote speaker, Sarah has participated in the UN's International Renewable Energy Organization forum, the Governor's Global Climate Summit, and sustainability conferences worldwide. She has interviewed climate heavy-hitters including Tony Blair, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Rajendra Pachauri, as well as policymakers, business leaders and industry experts.
Sarah honored as one of Asia Pacific’s Leading 50 Women at the 2011 Advance Women’s Leadership Summit, Australia Unlimited’s Global 50 and was a host on Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Reality in 2011 and 2012. Sarah is on the board of UN Women LA Chapter.
Sarah was born in the UK and raised in Australia and Japan. She graduated with Bachelors degrees in Economics and Japanese Studies from the Australian National University and Keio University, Tokyo, and speaks fluent Japanese.
Tom has over 20 years experience developing highly original strategies for Brand, Innovation, Advertising and Design for some of the world’s most influential brands.
Before he started B&P, he headed up strategic planning on Nike’s global advertising at Wieden + Kennedy, Apple’s global advertising at TBWA Chiat/Day, and Yahoo’s global advertising at Black Rocket.
Since starting the company in October of 2003, he has worked closely with Nike (Innovation Kitchen, Tech Lab, Global Consumer Cultures, Key Global Categories), Microsoft (Windows Phone Design Studio, XBox, Advanced Design Concepts), Electronic Arts, Jeep, Acura, Intel, Subway Restaurants, MNML/Scott Wilson Design, and Harvard Business School.
He is listed as a contributor to IDEO's book "I miss my pencil" published in 2009, and has been a guest lecturer at Stanford’s d school.
In January of 2011, the digital market research platform he founded (MindSwarms.com) went live. Clients for MindSwarms include Nike, Google, Intel, Threadless, Sonos and Skullcandy.
Tom speaks fluent French, and broken Italian. He lives with his wife, Jade, their son, Kai, and their two dogs - Wile E and Tink - in Mill Valley, CA.
Eric is a global leader in organizational psychology, with clients across 4 continents in media, music, finance, publishing, health, education, government, sports and entertainment. Eric has advised senior executives and globally-leading companies on cultural change, strategic & business planning and facilitated team building. He was intimately involved in Boost Mobile’s growth in the US (from nothing to over a billion dollars annual revenue in 6 years).
Eric is an experienced speaker, trainer and author of Don't Think About Purple Elephants.
Andy McKeon is Global Customer Marketing Lead at Facebook.
Alan Noble was already a successful entrepreneur when he was asked to take on the job of building Google's local engineering team.
Since joining Google in 2007 he has grown that team to more than 200, making Australia Google's 10th largest engineering centre and a contributor to the development of products ranging from Google Maps to the Go programming language and the Chrome web browser.
Noble has been an outspoken supporter of software engineering and entrepreneurship in Australia, often giving his time to speak at functions where he can exhort the importance of technology skills to Australia's future.
In 2012 he launched Google's Start-up Do (SUDO) to connect entrepreneurs with peers and other members of the community, and has seen that program incorporated into the Google for Entrepreneurs program.
He has also been working on programs to improve the quality of computer science education at a tertiary level, and to encourage more secondary students into the industry.
His focus on engineering and entrepreneurship has also meant he has been able to avoid the bucketing copped by outgoing local company head Nick Leeder over Google's tax minimisation strategies in Australia.