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Dr. David S. Ricketts

Harvard Innovation Fellow | Innovation Keynote Speaker

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The Gamino Guide: 4 Tips on Achieving Ambitious Innovation Goals from New York City CTO Miguel Gamino

“When I was in San Francisco, we did a big public Wi-Fi project called SFWiFi, and we were at an event talking about it, a big community town hall event at a library,” recalls Miguel Gamino, the former Chief Technology Officer in New York City. “A mother came up to me afterwards, and she thanked me, and she was almost in tears. She thanked me for not just building the Wi-Fi network, but for choosing
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Tommy Francois from Ubisoft Shares a 5-Step System for Finding Creative Inspiration

“The people who are in the community, you know, the cars, they love us,” says Tyrone “Baybe Champ” Stevenson Jr., aka the Scraper Bike King. “They honk their horns, you know, they get out the way, they respect us. We’ve been doing this for a long time, a long time.”  When Tommy Francois, the VP Editorial at Ubisoft, was on location in San Francisco, he was fortunate to witness the stunning view of a city
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Thinking Outside the Box: How Joe Colopy of Bronto Software Blazed a Trail to a $200M Business

$10,000, two people and a dream. These were the humble roots of Bronto Software, Inc., an email marketing platform that was developed in 2002 then sold in 2016 to NetSuite for $200 million. According to founder and CEO Joe Colopy, the key to success is a hustle. His journey demonstrates that several of the things you think you know about entrepreneurship are actually just myths. This quick reality check is meant to teach budding entrepreneurs
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5 Essential Elements for Growing a Thriving Tech Business

When Rana el Kaliouby realized that her academic research had great commercial potential, she made the tough decision to leave academia and the life she had dreamed of and instead dive into the unpredictable waters of entrepreneurship. At the time, Rana was a student in the computer science Ph.D. program at Cambridge University, and she was interested in the possibility of incorporating emotional intelligence into technology. Her program was being used to help children on
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Innovation Biographer Walter Isaacson Reveals 5 Important Traits of Successful Innovators

“When I first started working with Steve Jobs, I had done the biography of Ben Franklin and the biography of Einstein. And I got a call from him, and he said, “Do me next.” And my first reaction was, ‘Yeah, okay. Franklin, Einstein, you, you arrogant little—.’ I said, “I’ll wait 30 years until you retire, and then maybe we’ll do it then.” And then I got a call from his wife who said, “If
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Rent the Runway Owner Shares 3 Places to Look to Discover and Justify Your Innovative Business Ideas

“Hell will burn over before I work with Rent the Runway.”  That was the response Jennifer Hyman received when she pitched her company to Oscar de la Renta, an award-winning fashion brand known internationally since the 1960s. Like others, the prestigious fashion icon was worried that Rent the Runway would disrupt the entire fashion industry and cut into their bottom line. “These were the types of reactions I got from designers all the time,” says
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