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Pascal Finette

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

Biography

Pascal is Co-Founder (and enfant terrible) at radical Ventures and Singularity University’s Chair for Entrepreneurship & Open Innovation. 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 a guest lecturer at Stanford University, Berkeley’s Haas Business School, HEC (France), ESMT (Berlin) and London Business School and other leading educational organizations around the world. Further Pascal is 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.

Pascal is a well-known and experienced speaker, covering topics from digitization, entrepreneurship to open innovation, technology trends, leadership and cultural transformation in formats ranging from high-profile keynotes to workshops and executive roundtables. Anchored in more than twenty years of experience in the IT and Internet industry, with a vast network of subject matter experts, he regularly consults and delivers deeply engaging, refreshingly honest, direct, thought provoking and highly motivational experiences for your audience.

He draws you into a spellbinding future where artificial intelligence, robotics, synthetic biology and other exponential technologies solve humanity’s greatest challenges. His masterful presentations make sense of our rapidly accelerating and converging world — cutting through the noise, synthesizing the essentials and connecting the dots to prepare your company or career for the exciting opportunities ahead. Called a “prophet” by Germany’s leading TV station ARD, featured in a primetime documentary about Silicon Valley, on the cover of Brazil's leading business magazine, and voted one of the top 100 Internet influencers in the country by Wirtschaftswoche, Pascal’s work is on the edge of technology, entrepreneurship, transformation and global impact. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

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Speech Topics

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.

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.

The Three D’s of Exponentials: Disruption, Dystopia & Decisions

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.

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