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Pascal Finette

Vice President of Singularity University (SU) Labs, Entrepreneurship Chair and Global Evangelist & Author of The Heretic

Biography

Pascal heads up everything Entrepreneurship at Singularity University, including the Startup Program, Global Expansion and the Entrepreneurship Track where he inspires, educates and empowers entrepreneurs tackling the world’s most intractable problems leveraging exponential technologies. Read More >

Pascal has spent his career pushing the boundaries of technology and passionately believes the Internet can deeply impact the betterment of mankind. He got started on the Net before there was a web browser, founded a couple of technology startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm helping entrepreneurs with their strategy & operations, invested into early-stage tech startups, led Mozilla’s Innovation Lab, created Mozilla’s accelerator program WebFWD, headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair and has invested into social impact organizations around the globe at Google.org. He also founded the non-profit organizations Mentor for Good and The Coaching Fellowship; the “GyShiDo” (Get Your S%#& Done) movement and publishes the opinionated newsletter, “The Heretic”, which is read by tens of thousands of entrepreneurs around the globe.

He frequently speaks and writes about the magic which happens at the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology & global impact. As a trained Co-Active executive coach Pascal works with clients on achieving their full leadership potential. But most of all – Pascal loves to work with entrepreneurs who are making things better and go from zero to one. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

TEDTalk: The Participant Culture

DIE ZEIT - Smashing Ideas 2016

BSR Conference 2015 - Innovate and Inspire

Start Up Week Vienna - Never Walk

GroupM: What's Next

World Business Dialogue

Speech Topics

Tomorrow Today: An Introduction to Exponentials

Pascal Finette takes you on a roller coaster ride to an exponential future where AI, robotics, synthetic biology, 3D printing and other technologies converge. Along the way, he shares the untold stories and insights of Silicon Valley’s most important technologists and previews the most influential technologies of the next 10 years. This whirlwind tour of the future will shift your thinking from linear to exponential and your mindset from scarcity to abundance — envisioning a future where humanity’s greatest challenges are overcome.

The Heretic: Advice for Entrepreneurs That Motivate Us All

In his highly inspiring book and widely read e-newsletter, “The Heretic,” Pascal Finette provides “daily therapeutics” to tens of thousands of readers around the globe. His humorous, uplifting, opinionated and practical advice for entrepreneurs resonates with anyone who leads, innovates, takes risks, deals with failure, motivates others, dares to be different, or is searching for greater meaning in their daily work. Acknowledging that all the struggles, disappointments and frustrations are what will help us grow and achieve, Pascal inspires us as individuals and teams with personal stories, anecdotes and insights from the crazy and exhilarating world of Silicon Valley, entrepreneurship and business today.

The Start Up Way: What Every Business Can Learn from Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs

In his many roles at Singularity University, Pascal Finette has an enviable view of how Silicon Valley’s top entrepreneurs think and act, what makes a unicorn a unicorn, and how every business can learn from the “Start Up Way.” Based on SU’s work with organizations ranging from early stage start ups to the Fortune 50, Pascal shares invaluable discoveries and insights into the common success factors across the spectrum. No matter what stage your business is at, or how large your organization is, you’ll learn valuable lessons that will make you more nimble, innovative and ahead of the curve.

Leveraging Collaborative Innovation & Open Source

In a connected world, the way we innovate and do business is changing rapidly and radically. By embracing the "wisdom of the crowds" and co-creating with customers and suppliers, we can tap into a resource that was never before possible: a universe of experts and an infinitely deeper and wider talent pool. Singularity’s Pascal Finette explores why organizations that adopt these principles are outcompeting the market and their much larger and better-resourced rivals. Drawing upon his experiences at Mozilla, the pioneer at leveraging its open source roots, Pascal explores the unlikely success story of the Firefox web browser (now used by more than 500 million worldwide) and emerging trends today. You’ll learn what works, what’s next and how to leverage these essential competitive advantages in your own organization.

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