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Curt Carlson:  Your Company Is Dying, Now What Do You Do?
Your Company Is Dying, Now What Do You Do?  

Today the media is full of stories about how artificial intelligence and automation will eliminate most jobs; about how a depressed, slowly growing economy is the “new normal”; and about the financial decline of the middle class.  Innovation, in all its forms, is how society creates growth, prosperity, jobs, and resources for social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and national security.  It is at the heart of addressing our economic concerns.  But today most measures of innovative performance indicate poor performance.  It is critical that we understand if we can significantly improve our innovative performance and, if so, how to achieve it?  

That is the topic of today’s discussion.  

You will hear why major improvements are possible.  You will also understand how you can use the ideas described in your teams and enterprises. 

Introducing Curtis R. Carlson, Ph.D.  Founder/CEO Practice of Innovation, President/CEO SRI International (1998-2014): 

Our speaker today is Dr. Curtis Carlson, currently the Founder and CEO of the Practice of Innovation.  For 17 years, until 2015, he was the President and CEO of SRI International in Menlo Park, CA.  During Curt’s tenure SRI tripled in revenue and created many tens of billions of dollars of new marketplace value through world-changing innovations, such as Siri on the Apple iPhone.  Siri was an SRI spin-out company bought by Steve Jobs.  When Curt became CEO of SRI, although it had a storied history, having created the computer mouse and many other world-changing innovations, it had been in decline for over 15 years.  Why? — because its innovation practices no longer matched the demanding requirements of our age. The resurgence of SRI occurred because of the innovative practices Curt brought to SRI and that he will describe tonight.

Curt has been a pioneer in developing and applying innovation best practices.  He wrote a Business Week Top-10 book called, Innovation: the five disciplines for creating what customers want.  He was a member of President Obama’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and is currently on Singapore's National Research Council.  His teams have won two Emmys— including one for HDTV.  He is currently working with the US National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Engineering to help transform the US’s innovation practices and policies.  In addition he consults with companies and government’s around the world to improve their innovative performance.

Here is a background article by our colleague Steve Denning on what Curt did while at SRI:  
http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2015/11/30/how-to-create-an-innovative-culture-the-extraordinary-case-of-sri/#6e937125370d

Interactive Video Q&A Format:

60 minutes: 
5 minutes intro
20 minutes presentation
20 minutes Q&A
15 minutes “room for error” 
+ we will be emailing you a follow-up link to the recording 

Google Hangouts on Air lets up to 10 people interact with the speaker (i.e. Q&A) while an unlimited number of people can watch the live feed or recording.  (Presenters can keep their broadcasts private or opt to make their recordings public, like Curt has.)  

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Your Company Is Dying, Now What Do You Do?  

Today the media is full of stories about how artificial intelligence and automation will eliminate most jobs; about how a depressed, slowly growing economy is the “new normal”; and about the financial decline of the middle class.  Innovation, in all its forms, is how society creates growth, prosperity, jobs, and resources for social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and national security.  It is at the heart of addressing our economic concerns.  But today most measures of innovative performance indicate poor performance.  It is critical that we understand if we can significantly improve our innovative performance and, if so, how to achieve it?  

That is the topic of today’s discussion.  

You will hear why major improvements are possible.  You will also understand how you can use the ideas described in your teams and enterprises. 

Introducing Curtis R. Carlson, Ph.D.  Founder/CEO Practice of Innovation, President/CEO SRI International (1998-2014): 

Our speaker today is Dr. Curtis Carlson, currently the Founder and CEO of the Practice of Innovation.  For 17 years, until 2015, he was the President and CEO of SRI International in Menlo Park, CA.  During Curt’s tenure SRI tripled in revenue and created many tens of billions of dollars of new marketplace value through world-changing innovations, such as Siri on the Apple iPhone.  Siri was an SRI spin-out company bought by Steve Jobs.  When Curt became CEO of SRI, although it had a storied history, having created the computer mouse and many other world-changing innovations, it had been in decline for over 15 years.  Why? — because its innovation practices no longer matched the demanding requirements of our age. The resurgence of SRI occurred because of the innovative practices Curt brought to SRI and that he will describe tonight.

Curt has been a pioneer in developing and applying innovation best practices.  He wrote a Business Week Top-10 book called, Innovation: the five disciplines for creating what customers want.  He was a member of President Obama’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and is currently on Singapore's National Research Council.  His teams have won two Emmys— including one for HDTV.  He is currently working with the US National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Engineering to help transform the US’s innovation practices and policies.  In addition he consults with companies and government’s around the world to improve their innovative performance.

Here is a background article by our colleague Steve Denning on what Curt did while at SRI:  
http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2015/11/30/how-to-create-an-innovative-culture-the-extraordinary-case-of-sri/#6e937125370d

Interactive Video Q&A Format:

60 minutes: 
5 minutes intro
20 minutes presentation
20 minutes Q&A
15 minutes “room for error” 
+ we will be emailing you a follow-up link to the recording 

Google Hangouts on Air lets up to 10 people interact with the speaker (i.e. Q&A) while an unlimited number of people can watch the live feed or recording.  (Presenters can keep their broadcasts private or opt to make their recordings public, like Curt has.)  

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What will be the biggest technology change over the next five years?

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Here's a video from the i4j Innovation for Jobs Summit last week. It's +Geoffrey Moore, author of Crossing the Chasm, on the future of work and how work will change. This, together with Rick Wartzman's piece on +Robert Cohen (http://fortune.com/2016/01/15/new-jobs-technology/) and my i4j video interview of +Vint Cerf on the Future of the Internet (https://plus.google.com/+BenBaldwinNow/posts/Xj5KjqEVqe7), provide perspectives on the future of work.

What do YOU think our future holds? ‪#‎AIDoom‬ or an ‪#‎AIAge‬, rivalling the industrial revolution?

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Tomorrow at 10am eastern, Will Andrew (long-time YPO Forum dude) is doing a Q&A with us.  

I have a few seats for people to ask questions via video.  Let me know if you are interested in one of these seats.  
I have close to 100 Founders who are interested in being set up with a 6-8 person Founder Forum, so there may be 10-15 forums that I will create.  The more people I have to build these Forums, the better.  I will be able to pick the most relevant people from a larger pool.  Cofounders and competitors can join as well, but I will put them into separate forums — I will remove conflicts like this.  

Next steps:

1) Invite more Founders!

2) Please complete the following form, so that I know more about you, your business and your potential conflicts, so that I can put you into the best group: http://bit.ly/ForumFormQs.  At the end of the form, you will be able to join our Slack group.  (This is also the link that you can share with others who want to join a forum or the Slack group.)  

3) I’m running another Hangout, Wednesday December 2 at 10am eastern (this time so people can ask questions while I present).  Joining me will be an experienced YPO member who is helping me and can provide another perspective on the value of Forums.  

3) Once I hit 100 people, we’ll start putting you into Forum groups … and talking about your other Forum options (i.e. OneEleven, AceTech, EO, YPO).  

Thanks for your patience.  

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I have close to 100 Founders who are interested in being set up with a 6-8 person Founder Forum, so there may be 10-15 forums that I will create.  The more people I have to build these Forums, the better.  I will be able to pick the most relevant people from a larger pool.  Cofounders and competitors can join as well, but I will put them into separate forums — I will remove conflicts like this.  

Next steps:

1) Invite more Founders!

2) Please complete the following form, so that I know more about you, your business and your potential conflicts, so that I can put you into the best group: http://bit.ly/ForumFormQs.  At the end of the form, you will be able to join our Slack group.  (This is also the link that you can share with others who want to join a forum or the Slack group.)  

3) I’m running another Hangout, Wednesday December 2 at 10am eastern (this time so people can ask questions while I present).  Joining me will be an experienced YPO member who is helping me and can provide another perspective on the value of Forums.  

3) Once I hit 100 people, we’ll start putting you into Forum groups … and talking about your other Forum options (i.e. OneEleven, AceTech, EO, YPO).  

Thanks for your patience.  

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I have a huge list of founders for our confidential forum groups!  You are in good company.  So, we'll have a Google Hangout on Air to:

1) Run through the free forum format that I built for tech founders.  I’ll teach you how to do it.  

2) Cover the other options that you have, like YPO (which I and many other founders consider the pinnacle of awesome, but it costs $xx,xxx).  
1- Ben’s confidential founder format (free, self-moderated)
2- OneEleven Forums (founders pay, professionally-moderated)
3- AceTech Forums (founders pay, professionally-moderated)
4- EO (founders pay, self-moderated)
5- YPO (founders pay, self-moderated)

Decide which type of forum is best for you, or best for you to start.  You can always be a part of multiple forums, if you can commit the time.  

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I have a huge list of founders for our confidential forum groups!  You are in good company.  So, we'll have a Google Hangout on Air to:

1) Run through the free forum format that I built for tech founders.  I’ll teach you how to do it.  

2) Cover the other options that you have, like YPO (which I and many other founders consider the pinnacle of awesome, but it costs $xx,xxx).  
1- Ben’s confidential founder format (free, self-moderated)
2- OneEleven Forums (founders pay, professionally-moderated)
3- AceTech Forums (founders pay, professionally-moderated)
4- EO (founders pay, self-moderated)
5- YPO (founders pay, self-moderated)

Decide which type of forum is best for you, or best for you to start.  You can always be a part of multiple forums, if you can commit the time.  

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i4j Interactive Live Video Q&A - Session #1 - Vint Cerf

Work is changing.  The nature of work, not just “jobs” in the traditional sense, is massively influenced by the Internet.  So, what is work?  What will it become over the next 10 years?
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