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Pascal Finette

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Founder & CEO of Fastrack Institute, entrepreneurship and open innovation Chair at Singularity University

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Pascal Finette is an engaging speaker on topics such as digitization, entrepreneurship, open innovation and technology trends. He has a long list of prestigious clients including Google, Microsoft, Mercedes Benz, Forbes magazine, L’Oreal, MailChimp, NASA, and EA.

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.

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.

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Thriving in Exponential Times. Understanding how tomorrow will be different than today and 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.
  • How to capitalize on the change we’re all experiencing by thinking beyond it. If you only set your sights on what’s coming next, you’re already too late.
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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.
  • This keynote is filled with case studies and actionable tools this session unfolds as the story of your business’s relationship with the future.
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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.
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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 – 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.
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Disruption, Dystopia and 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?
  • How will the decisions you make affect us all?
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What first got you interested in the internet industry?

I got started with that whole “Internet thing” before most people used web browsers. I was a student at the University of Cologne, Germany in economics and psychology – and as I was always interested in computers (my dad bought me my first computer when I was 8 years old), I quickly got involved with the Universities’ computer center.

I installed one of the first versions of NCSA Mosaic on the universities SUN computers and was just blown away by what was possible once you connect computers with each other and make it easy for people to leverage those connections. From that grew a deep interest in the early commercial efforts on the Web, which led to me building the first web store for Germany’s largest Apple retailer. And from there it was a small step to building my first Internet startup during the crazy days of the Dot-Com boom in the mid to late Nineties.

What are your biggest goals in your life/career currently?

I believe we have an unprecedented opportunity at our hands to make the world a much better place for all of us. Exponentially accelerating technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics or synthetic/digital biology allow us to tackle problems at a deeper and more fundamental level than ever before. And at the same time with those great powers come great responsibilities. As I have the privilege to have a front row seat in witnessing these technologies take shape, I see my responsibility and opportunity in helping people, organizations and societies figure out how to build the world of tomorrow we want to live in.

Who or what inspires you?

Having the opportunity to work and interact with some of the smartest minds in the world plus entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs who are truly changing the world for the better, I am constantly in awe and full of admiration for those of us who chose to do the hard work of building what matters.

It seems like you’ve been part of so many different projects! How do you manage to keep so active and productive?

I try to stay in balance as much as I can – be it by spending time with my family, doing sport, sleeping well, eating healthy and having the discipline to say No to most things which cross my path. And trust me – it is a constant struggle.

How much does humor factor into your keynotes and other speaking engagements?

I learned a lot from Guy Kawasaki, Apple’s famed first evangelist who is an exceptional public speaker. Guy taught me that a good part of a keynote is entertainment – as entertainment buys you the permission to talk about what matters AND it allows the audience to retain much more information than in a dry tech talk. For me my talks are about mindset shifts – how do I give you information and more importantly how do I arm you with the tools and the energy to change what you are doing? And humor plays a big part in this.

What do you gain personally from being a public speaker?

There is little more gratifying than the privilege of teaching – of helping someone else see the world through a different lens, of inspiring, educating and empowering her or him to take action.

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