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Pascal  Finette

Pascal Finette

Vice President of Singularity University (SU) Labs, Entrepreneurship Chair & Global Evangelist, Author of The Heretic: Daily Therapeutics for Entrepreneurs


Pascal is Co-Founder (and enfant terrible) at be radical, Singularity University’s Chair for Entrepreneurship & Open Innovation, and Venture Partner at BOLD Capital Partners, Peter Diamandis' $250M VC fund investing in exponential transformation. His work focuses on the intersection of technology, global impact, and culture; inspiring, educating and empowering entrepreneurs, corporate irritants and change makers to tackle the most intractable problems of our time. Read More >

He has spent his career pushing the boundaries of technology and passionately believes it can profoundly impact the betterment of humankind. He got started on the net before there was a web browser, founded a series of technology startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm helping entrepreneurs with their strategy & operations, and invested into early-stage tech startups. Pascal led Mozilla’s Open Innovation Lab, created Mozilla’s accelerator program WebFWD, and headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair. As Principal at Google.org, he invested into social impact organizations around the globe. Most recently he built Singularity University’s startup programs including the SU Accelerator and Venture Fund. Further, he founded the nonprofit 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 change-makers globally. He’s the author of the published book The Heretic - Daily Therapeutics for Entrepreneurs.

Pascal frequently speaks and writes about the magic and potential which happens at the intersection of technology, culture & global impact. He is also a trained Co-Active executive coach working with clients on achieving their full leadership potential. Most of all – Pascal loves to work with changemakers who want to, and can, make things better. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

TEDTalk: The Participant Culture

Thriving in Exponential Times

Open Decentralized Innovation

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

Hourglass Economics: Adapt and Thrive as the Hourglass Economy Expands

The most fundamental change in the marketplace over the last 40 years is that product pyramids are turning into hourglasses, and the middle is disappearing before our very eyes. Sending massive ripple effects through the global economy. Over the last decade, we have identified and tracked this seismic shift. In this session you will learn insights and strategies taken from our new book The Hourglass Economy to ensure your company adapts to exponential shifts in technology and markets to survive and thrive. Filled with case studies and actionable tools this session unfolds as the story of your business’s relationship with the future.

Thriving in Exponential Times: Understanding How Tomorrow Will Be Different than Today & Why That Matters More Than You Know

The world is changing faster than ever and the future will be here before you know it. To survive, it’s not enough to know it’s coming. You have to be able to imagine it. You’ll learn about exponential technologies, their impact on the world and how to capitalize on the change we’re all experiencing by thinking beyond it. Because if you only set your sights on what’s coming next, you’re already too late.

The Future (of) Business

From the emergence of new technologies, their rapid decline in cost whilst their availability and accessibility increase, to the pace of change itself accelerating at an unprecedented rate, we face a massive opportunity to realize a different and positive future. At the same time long-established innovations methods, frameworks, and tools are quickly becoming obsolete. Read More >

From a shift in the foundations of our business models from scarcity to abundance to our classic ‘product pyramids’ crumbling, disruptive forces are changing the way products and services are conceptualized, and companies are being built. In this comprehensive and practical session, Pascal will share multiple new bodies of research which help you define, evolve and build for the future of business.

Learn how to create new business models for success based on his latest analysis on ‘hourglass’ markets, and how to prepare your organization for change using the ‘Knowledge Adoption Curve.’ Pascal will teach how to see the early warning signs of disruption and how to positively embrace them. Finally, and critically he will help prepare your people to adopt a future forward and future-ready mindset. This session is designed to ignite and equip you with the knowledge and tools to build the future of your business. Read Less ^

Decentralized Innovation: New Paradigms for an Exponential World

In a world of accelerating change, where business models get disrupted daily, and your competition looks nothing like it used to, how do you not only stay relevant but leapfrog forward? The future of innovation today belongs to the crowd who can outperform and outcompete closed systems. You will learn from first-hand experience how to harness the power of decentralized ideas, resources, and skills; how to bridge untapped geographies and leverage innovation at the edges.

Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies: From Hype to Reality to Disruption

Blockchain technology is one of the most transformative innovations of our time. It is quickly disrupting a range of industries from finance to health care and, at the same time, one of the most talked about and hyped technologies. Explore the core concepts, debunk the myths and find out why the blockchain and cryptocurrencies shift the paradigm of transactions.

Disruption, Dystopia & Decisions: From Exponential Disruption to Global Impact

The world is changing faster than ever before, and disruptive change has become the new norm; while for the first time in human history, individuals/people/communities have the same innovation power as large companies and even nations. How will you thrive and capitalize on the change we’re all experiencing? And how will the decisions you make affect us all?

Rapid Prototyping: Develop Products & Services 10x Better in 1/10th the Time

This highly interactive and practical session will teach you the ins & outs of how Silicon Valley’s most innovative companies create, build and test services & products in less time it takes most of us to convene a single meeting. You will leave armed with the tools of the trade.

Digitization Decoded: Decipher the Secret Code Giving Companies Like Apple, Google or Uber Their Edge

Revealing the underlying principles used by the leading tech companies to drive their digital strategy, you will learn the molecular structure of disruptive digitization and apply it to create new products, services, and business models which are ten times better, faster and cheaper.

Entrepreneurship Accelerated: Crack the Silicon Valley Code, Do More With Less & Reach Escape Velocity

Silicon Valley has a well-earned reputation for being the world’s most innovative startup ecosystem. Peel back the curtains and explore the secrets powering the leading tech companies. You will leave with an unprecedented practical insight into Silicon Valley’s startup culture.

The Startup Doctrine: Tales & Lessons From 20 Years at the Frontiers of Entrepreneurship

After 20+ years as an entrepreneur, as well as working for the world’s leading tech companies, Pascal has learned, the hard way, invaluable lessons by being in the trenches. Highly entertaining, interactive and profoundly insightful you will leave with new insights and ideas.

The Future (of) Organization(s): A Radical Toolbox for an Exponential Future

While technologies are maturing exponentially, organizational structures and processes remain stubbornly linear. Yesterday's best-practices – such as the Five-Year-Plan or Innovation Funnel – are not sufficient to navigate today's fast-paced, tech-driven world. Explore the groundbreaking new Seven-Layer model which provides actionable insights into the makeup of the future organization. Learn why most companies fail in their digital transformation by only focusing on the upper layers of the model and how to truly transform your business into a future-forward organization.