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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 Finette has over 20 years of experience in the IT and Internet industry. He started on the Net even before there was even a web browser! Since the beginning, Pascal has spent his career pushing the boundaries of technology because he passionately believes that the internet can deeply impact the betterment of mankind. Now Pascal is the associate founder and CEO of Fastrack Institute as well as Singularity University’s Chair for Entrepreneurship and Open Innovation, where he inspires, educates and empowers entrepreneurs tackling the world’s most intractable problems leveraging exponential technologies. His focus at Fastrack Institute is to fix society, one city at a time, while he inspires, educates and empowers leaders to tackle the most intractable problems leveraging exponential technologies in his role at Singularity University.

Prior to joining Singularity University, Pascal founded and invested into startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm, led Mozilla Labs, created Mozilla’s accelerator, headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair and invested into social impact organizations globally 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 published the opinionated newsletter, “The Heretic”, which is read by ten of thousands of entrepreneurs around the globe. Inspired by the great success of his newsletter, Pascal also wrote a book called “The Heretic – Daily Therapeutics for Entrepreneurs”, which is sold in stores worldwide.

We’re all curious about the future of our world, but it can often be hard to decipher. Pascal’s masterful presentations make sense of our rapidly accelerating and converging world — cutting through the noise, synthesizing the essentials and connecting the dots to prepare us for the exciting opportunities ahead. In both his speaking and writing, Pascal Finette describes to audiences the magic which happens at the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology & global impact. He helps his audience to envision a spellbinding future where artificial intelligence, robotics, synthetic biology and other exponential technologies solve humanity’s greatest challenges.

Pascal’s ideal clients are entrepreneurs looking to make things better and ready to go from zero to one. This is because Pascal delivers not just a speech, but an experience which will motivate his clients to change. He is a trained Co-Active executive coach, making him especially capable of helping clients achieve their full leadership potential.

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    Keynote Topics

    • Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies – Why the Future of (Most) Everything Lies in Decentralized Ledgers

      Explore one of the most important advances in digital technologies in recent history beyond the headlines in clear, easy-to-understand language. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the underlying technology, their importance, and business as well as societal implications.

    • Exponential Thinking Primer – Future-Proof Your Organization, Community and Yourself

      This whirlwind tour into exponential technologies, their impact on business and society plus a series of frameworks which will help you make sense of the disruptive change we are experiencing, will leave you excited about the future and armed with the tools to capitalize on it.

    • 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.

    • Open Innovation – Why the Future of Innovation Belongs to the Crowd (and How You Flourish in It)

      Successful innovation outcomes directly correlate to the number of approaches taken. You will learn from first-hand experience how to leverage the crowd in five distinct ways to outperform and outcompete closed systems (and your competitors) and build thriving platform businesses.

    • Rapid Prototyping (Workshop) – Develop Products and 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.

    • Exponential Impact – How Technology (and Human Ingenuity) Can Solve the World’s Biggest Problems

      For the first time in human history, we are at a point in time where technology, combined with human ingenuity and empathy, can solve humanities most vexing problems. You will explore the drivers behind this monumental shift and learn how to use these new tools and methods.

    • Entrepreneurship Accelerated – Crack the Silicon Valley Code, Do More With Less and 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 and 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.

    • Society 2.0 – Why Our Current Structures Will Not Serve Us in the Future and What to Do About It

      In the next 20 years, we are facing the most significant changes to our existence ever. Exponential technologies will not only dramatically alter the way our world looks and operates but result in massive societal changes. Explore and engage in meaningful discussion about our future.

    • Leadership in Exponential Times – Thrive in a World Where Tomorrow Will Not Look Anything Like Today        

      This deep dive into our exponential future and the disruptive change it will bring will expose the necessity for new leadership models. You will explore new frameworks, change your mindset and learn to adopt the principles which will allow you to thrive in this modern world.

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Interview with Pascal Finette

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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