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Pascal  Finette

Pascal Finette

Entrepreneurship Chair & Global Evangelist, Author of The Heretic: Daily Therapeutics for Entrepreneurs

Pascal Finette

Entrepreneurship Chair & Global Evangelist, Author of The Heretic: Daily Therapeutics for Entrepreneurs


Pascal Finette is a globally-renowned public speaker covering topics from digitization, technology trends, new business models, decentralized innovation. Over nearly three decades in the technology space, Pascal Finette has accrued all the experience you’d want in a high-level strategic advisor. He started on the net before there was a web browser, learned his way through founding a series of technology startups, launched a consulting firm to support entrepreneurs in scaling their own, and built a portfolio investing in early-stage tech companies. Pascal also held leadership positions at era-defining powerhouses Google, eBay, and Mozilla, and he was the faculty chair for entrepreneurship and open innovation at Singularity University. He’s worn many hats and knows what needs to go on in the brain under each of them to lead effectively.

What makes Pascal truly one-of-a-kind, however, is his ability to translate all of this experience into teachable insights, principles, and practices. This is what enables him to help corporate leaders and entrepreneurs actually do the things they all say they want to do: transform their organizations, build what matters, tackle truly meaningful challenges & create lasting, positive change in the world.

Pascal brings refreshing honesty and a zero tolerance for bullshit to the buzzy intersection of technology, global impact, and culture, where he’s established himself as a sought-after speaker and a uniquely perceptive communicator of hard truths and creative provocations. As the founder of boutique advisory firm be radical and the posse leader at TheHeretic.org — where he’s behind an opinionated newsletter and podcast with tens of thousands of subscribers — Pascal inspires, educates and empowers leaders to make sense of accelerating change, envision the future of exponential technology, identify new opportunities, and develop successful, future-robust business strategies.

Relentlessly focused on amplifying positive change and the impact of other changemakers, Pascal is also the founder of the nonprofit organizations Mentor for Good and The Coaching Fellowship, and he is a trained Co-Active executive coach working with clients to unlock their full leadership potential.

Pascal is advisory board chair of EY’s wavespace and a member of Pearson’s digital advisory board.

Speaker Videos

TEDTalk: The Participant Culture

Learn & Learn Again

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

Foundations of Practical Futurism

In a tech-driven world and business environment of accelerating change and increasing complexity, the ability to see and think like a futurist offers a growing strategic advantage. But “embracing the future” in business has too often meant succumbing to endless hype cycles, techno babble & wishful thinking. We offer a practical alternative: a solutions-oriented grounding in futures-thinking that cuts through the hype and gives leaders the tools to identify emerging opportunities/threats and to understand the future as a dynamic space for experimentation and learning. We combine principles and practices from the worlds of strategic foresight, social entrepreneurship, tech innovation, and design to create a unique introduction to envisioning the future and learning how to seize it.

Disrupt Disruption

If disruption, like change itself, has become a constant, can anything accurately be described as disruptive? We call bullshit on the prevailing narrative and offer instead a contrarian view of the dynamics of disruption in this deep dive. Drawing on dozens of exclusive interviews with category-defining innovators as well as leaders of incumbent organizations that have weathered paradigm shifts in their industries, we provide a practical framework and battle-tested principles with immediate value for both successful (but vulnerable) incumbents and rising entrepreneurs. This session draws a bright line between allowing the future of your business to be something that happens to you versus something that you take an active role in shaping to your advantage, and we invite you on the hard but essential journey to the other side.

Hourglass Economics

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 research to ensure your company adapts to exponential shifts in technology and markets to survive and thrive.

Decentralized Innovation

In a competitive environment 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.

The Future (of) Organization(s)

While technologies are maturing exponentially, organizational structures and processes remain stubbornly linear. Yesterday's best-practices – like 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 describes and 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.

Sitting (and Working) with Uncertainty

Building on neuroscience research and strategic foresight practice, we’ll help you break out of the typically unproductive set of responses most leaders have to rising uncertainty (denial, avoidance, paralysis, etc.) to adopt a new generative approach. You’ll learn to differentiate between types of uncertainty, to use irreducible uncertainties to imagine alternate future scenarios, and to transform reducible uncertainties into a sandbox for engaging curiosity and focusing experimentation and learning.

Rapid Prototyping: The Art & Science of Doing 10x in 1/10th the Time with 1/10th of the Resources

We often find ourselves with the challenge of finding ways to rapidly iterate on our ideas, gather customer feedback, and validate our assumptions – all the while keeping cost down and time spent at a minimum. In this interactive session you will learn the art and science of the innovation methodology used by organizations such as Alphabet/Google [X] to move from conjectures to validated insight in the least amount of time with the least amount of resources.

Question Generation

Our present moment of heightened uncertainty is a perfect time for exploring the relationship between the questions we ask and the answers we find and for learning to use today’s uncertainty as a springboard for tomorrow’s creative inquiry. The question generation workshop (like an ideation session where you start by assuming that you DON’T already have the answers – or even the right questions) is one of our favorite tools for engaging curiosity, opening a more inclusive conversation, challenging assumptions, and fostering innovation.

The Power of Polarity Thinking

How do we reconcile the need to focus on short-term results with the critical importance of long-term planning and vision? How do we building adaptability with the desire for control? Leaders face a class of challenges – polarities – which exist not as problems to be solved but rather as tensions to be managed, and learning to manage these tensions effectively through polarity thinking unlocks a new approach to continuous transformation for organization and leader.

Mission & Purpose

Going beyond the nomenclature, participants will explore the practical “Eight Word Mission Statement” framework to connect purpose (both your companies and your personal) to an actionable and guiding mission statement. Going from the bigger why to the actionable and measurable how is imperative to bringing purpose to life, applying this framework to the triptych of self/other/world will make for better, more effective leaders.

Disruption Mapping

Disruption Mapping provides a simple, intuitive system for organizing thoughts about a likely future development or trend and identifying possible long-term implications (positive and negative) in a structured but highly collaborative way. This highly interactive, practice-oriented workshop will help you think more deeply about the dynamics of disruption — anticipating future implications and exploring unintended consequences. As a result, you & your team will be better able to foresee future opportunities and emerging threats to your business.