Business Innovation Factory (BIF-4) – Day One

Day One at Business Innovation Factory (BIF-4) was quite interesting. The storytelling format was interesting and a bit of a departure from the canned Microsoft PowerPoint routine.

I will have to post my detailed thoughts tomorrow as I had to do a bit of work for my large software company and marketing agency clients before I could start blogging tonight. So in the meantime, here is a run-down of the Day One speaker line-up and what they spoke about:

  1. Saul Kaplan (Chief Catalyst – Business Innovation Factory)
    – Welcome
  2. John Abele(Co-Founder – Boston Scientific)
    – Finding the USS Grunion
  3. Mark Ecko (Founder – Ecko Enterprises)
    – How Ecko and its logo came to be
  4. Curt Columbus (Trinity Repertory Company)
    – The need for random interaction
  5. Alexander Tsiaras (Founder –
    – Visual anatomy
  6. Jacqueline Novogratz (Founder – Acumen Fund)
    – Social capitalism
  7. Jason Fried (Co-Founder – 37Signals)
    – Building an audience
  8. Matt Cottam (Business Innovation Factory)
    – Nursing Home of the Future project
  9. James Ludwig (Steelcase)
    – Generation Y
  10. Richard Satava (Surgeon – University of Washington)
    – The importance of failure
  11. Dave Kusek (Berklee Music)
    – The impact of technology on music
  12. Gary Koelling/Steve Bendt (Best Buy)
    – Innovation by accident
  13. Richard Saul Wurman (Author, Founder of TED Conference)
    – The dearth of comparable city information
  14. Joseph Coughlin (MIT)
    – Meeting the demands of an aging population
  15. Lewis Gordon Pugh (Swimmer/Adventurer)
    – Saving the Arctic (1st distance swim at the north pole)

What will tomorrow hold?

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Braden Kelley

Braden Kelley is a Director of Innovation and Human-Centered Problem-Solving at Oracle, a popular innovation speaker and workshop leader, helps companies build innovation cultures and infrastructures, and plan organizational changes that are more human and less overwhelming. He is the author of Charting Change from Palgrave Macmillan and Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire from John Wiley & Sons. Braden has been advising companies since 1996, while living and working in England, Germany, and the United States. Braden earned his MBA from top-rated London Business School. Follow him on Twitter and Linkedin.




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