Erik Brynjolfsson is the Schussel Family Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, the Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Professor Brynjolfsson is on the academic advisory board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and Time Magazine’s Board of Economists. He is co-principal investigator on several grants by the National Science Foundation to study Information Technology, Organizational Transformation and Productivity.
Tali Sharot’s keynote career centers around sharing the research she has completed regarding human thought processes and interaction. The cognitive neuroscientist and author is a Faculty Member at the University College London and graduated from New York University with both a B.A in psychology and economics as well as a Ph.D in psychology and neuroscience. Her findings in the field of human memory, optimism and the decision-making process have been published in numerous scholarly journals and featured in The Wall Street Journal and Forbes magazine.
Jeffrey Hayzlett is the man who turned around Kodak. He is a global business celebrity and primetime television show host on Bloomberg Television. From small businesses to international corporations, he puts his creativity and extraordinary entrepreneurial skills into play, launching ventures blending his leadership perspectives, insights into professional development, mass marketing prowess, and affinity for social media.
Author of the groundbreaking bestsellers BANK 2.0 and Bank 3.0, Brett King is the founder and CEO of Moven, the first direct mobile bank in the US and the UK. Brett also runs a niche strategic advisory firm, User Strategy, where he is a strategic advisor to the world’s leading financial services organizations. Recently named “Innovator of the Year” by American Banker and Bank Technology News Magazines, Brett is a global thought leader in financial services and customer experience.
Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science educator, comedian, television host, actor, writer, and scientist who began his career as a mechanical engineer at Boeing. He is best known as the host of the Disney/PBS children’s science show Bill Nye the Science Guy (1993–98) and for his many subsequent appearances in popular media as a science educator.
John Winsor is a leading strategic marketing and product innovation thinker especially known for his work in collaboration, co-creation and crowdsourcing. He is also a respected author of Baked In: The Power of Aligning Marketing and Product Innovation, Spark: Be more Innovative through Co-Creation and Beyond the Brand: Why Engaging the Right Customers is Essential to Winning in Business.
Steve Ballmer retired as CEO of Microsoft in February 2014 and didn’t take long to move onto his next job, boss of the Los Angeles Clippers. In August he closed a $2 billion purchase of the team, the highest price ever paid for an NBA squad. The hefty price tag didn’t faze Ballmer, who keeps getting richer as Microsoft shares rise steadily since his departure.
Jeff Bezos is the founder and CEO of Amazon.com. The initial success of the company was meteoric. With no press promotion, Amazon.com sold books across the United States and in 45 foreign countries within 30 days. In two months, sales reached $20,000 a week, growing faster than Bezos and his start-up team had envisioned. Today, the company is worth $136 billion.