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The Lindon Leader Logo Blog – Part 2

Disruptor Foundation Fellow Lindon Leader has created some of the most iconic and memorable logos in the history of marketing. We are honored to run his “situation-challenge-solution” brief for some of his favorites.

 

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NCAA

Indianapolis, IN

The Situation: Redefining a proud American institution

In 1998 the NCAA faced a number of issues, among them: Pressures on its student-athletes to excel were making a normal, balanced collegiate experience increasingly difficult to attain; broadened exposure through expanded cable coverage was offset by the new entertainment and recreation alternatives available to an affluent public. Talk of a “super division” of Division I football schools continued to undermine NCAA relevance and research revealed the NCAA was seen primarily to be about the Final Four, rule-making, enforcement and heavy-handedness.

The Challenge:

The NCAA was advised to better emphasize the “student” in student-athlete to offset widespread sentiment that the NCAA was little more than a highway to professional sports. The NCAA must develop a branding strategy and refreshed visual identity that showcases the student athlete and powerfully projects the desired attributes of organization-wide stability, strength, integrity, responsiveness and innovation. In the process, the NCAA must identify opportunities to obtain operational efficiencies in implementing a uniform brand expression throughout the organization.

The Solution:

The organization accepted the recommendation to formalize “NCAA” as its communicative name and has built a communications strategy around a refreshed graphic identity.

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Motorola

Schaumburg, IL

The Situation: Revitalizing an American power brand

In an internal study presented to executive management, the Motorola Consumer Business Office reported that Motorola at the time had no master brand strategy for projecting consistent messages to consumers; was burdened with an outdated and inefficient identity system; and lacked a distinctive design program to appeal specifically to consumer audiences.

The Challenge:

The inefficiency of Motorola graphic guidelines had become increasingly apparent as stand-alone addenda were regularly generated to stem the tide of company-wide non-compliance. A one-company look must be created by providing better direction and support for Motorola’s coordinated return to the consumer marketplace, while retaining the strengths and strategies of Motorola’s several independent businesses.

The Solution:

A comprehensive Motorola Integrated Communications Handbook guided users toward effective communication as well as providing inspiration to achieve overall excellence in the implementation of brand management principles.  Ultimately, the program embraced the recommendation to subtly embolden the Motorola logo that today improves its functionality in application across a vast array of products and communications.

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DoubleTree Hotels

Phoenix, AZ

The Situation: Redefining hospitality nationwide

DoubleTree Hotels had a poorly defined image and a middle-of-the road positioning. Catering primarily to the business traveler in the western United States, DoubleTree was mired between the less expensive chains (Embassy Suites and Courtyard by Marriott) and the more up-scale hotels such as Westin and Hyatt. Committed to building the franchise into a national player, DoubleTree began focusing on better differentiating the brand in the marketplace while expanding into new geographic regions.

The Challenge:

A significant upgrade of DoubleTree flagship hotels and phased improvement of second-tier properties would help reposition the company on par with the more upscale national chains. Research revealed that while the DoubleTree’s twin tree identity had positive equity, its graphic style was dated and difficult to reproduce.

The Solution:

The simplified and understated DoubleTree symbol builds on the equity of the twin trees and better connotes the connection of the Hotel to its customers. The interlocking trees also heralded the merger of Doubletree Hotels and the east coast’s Guest Quarters Suites, under the now national DoubleTree brand.


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Logos and text copyright Lindon Leader

Lindon Leader is a Disruptor Foundation Fellow and was a 2014 Honoree at the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards. Over a thirty-year career in strategic branding Lindon has developed logos and corporate identities for FedEx, CIGNA, Technicolor, Walt Disney, Hawaiian Airlines, Avery Dennison, Ryder Systems, and Progress Energy, among many others. Beginning his career with the legendary designer Saul Bass, Lindon has served as design director for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, as senior design director for Landor Associates and as executive creative director for Addison. Since 2001, he has built a successful strategic design consultancy in Park City, Utah where he continues to serve the branding needs of clients around the world. After degrees in Political Science from Stanford University and Advertising Design from the Art Center College of Design, Lindon has received over 30 major design awards worldwide. His work has appeared in numerous publications and is included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution.

Nolan Bushnell – Founder, Atari and Chuck E. Cheese

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Nolan Bushnell is a technology pioneer, entrepreneur, engineer and recently, a published author. Often cited as the father of the video game industry, he is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theater. Over the past four decades he has founded numerous companies, including Catalyst Technologies, the first technology incubator; Etak, the first digital navigation system; ByVideo, the first online ordering system; and uWink, the first touchscreen menu ordering and entertainment system, among others.

2013 saw the publication of his first book, “Finding the Next Steve Jobs”, a “how to” for people interested in finding, hiring, keeping and nurturing creative talent. Currently, with his new company, BrainRush, he is devoting his talents to enhancing and improving the educational process by integrating the latest in brain science with the engaging power of games. Additionally, he enjoys motivating and inspiring others in his speeches on entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation and education.

Social Media:

Twitter – @NolanBushnell

Website – nolanbushnell.com

Select Publications:

Forbes

NPR

The Atlantic

Inc

PBS.org

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The Lindon Leader Logo Blog – Part 1

Disruptor Foundation Fellow Lindon Leader has created some of the most iconic and memorable logos in the history of marketing. We are honored to run his “situation-challenge-solution” brief for some of his favorites.

 

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Technicolor

North Hollywood, CA

The Situation: Re-branding a Hollywood icon

Technicolor’s enviable heritage traces back to 1915 when the company pioneered color film processing for the motion picture industry. Over time, however, competitors began offering faster and less expensive production services. As Technicolor expanded into video duplication in the 1980s and distribution in the 1990s, it became apparent that a revitalized brand was required to better communicate the breadth of Technicolor’s diverse, state-of-the-art services.

The Challenge:

Research revealed that while the company’s products and services had little awareness outside the film industry, the Technicolor brand name had continued to carry strong positive associations: Vibrant, high quality color and technical innovation. These qualities were not being communicated through the company’s visual identity, nor were the company’s diverse services.

The Solution:

Emphasizing the significant equities in the Technicolor brand name, the new identity is inspired by the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights. The brilliant spectrum of color, suggesting Technicolor’s broad array of offerings, is rendered in the shape of a marquee, reinforcing the company’s motion picture heritage. The shape also suggests a film strip or videotape.

 

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Federal Express

Memphis, TN

The Situation: Re-asserting industry leadership

Federal Express Corporation invented the overnight shipping business in 1973. At the time, the market was one-dimensional: One country (USA), one package type (letter), one delivery time (10:30 am). By 1992, Federal Express had added new services and was shipping packages and freight to 186 countries. Further, a proliferation of competitors offering similar services created the perception of a parity industry driven by price. The most expensive, Federal Express was losing market share.

The Challenge:

A global research study revealed that customers were unaware of Federal Express’ global scope and full-service capabilities, believing that the company shipped only overnight and only within the United States. Federal Express was advised to better communicate the breadth of its services and to leverage one of its most valuable assets—the FedEx brand.

The Solution:

The bold FedEx identity conveys the dynamic attributes that maintain FedEx leadership. The system allows for better consistency and greater impact in an array of applications ranging from packages and drop boxes to vehicles, aircraft, customer service centers and uniforms.

 

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Hawaiian Airlines

Honolulu, HI

The Situation: Honor the past while looking forward

85 year-old Hawaiian Airlines operates within the State of Hawai‘i and to the Western United States. In 2000, an important part of an image revitalization was the replacement of the airline’s aging inter-island fleet of DC-9s with the new Boeing–717. The 30-year-old livery was deemed no longer contemporary and would not adequately reflect the company’s spirit of renewal and commitment to superior performance.

The Challenge:

Develop a new livery for the Boeing–717 that “honors the past, while looking forward” and which leverages the special qualities that define the State of Hawai‘i as a unique, diverse and beautiful destination. The revitalization should speak equally to the company’s employees, the citizens of Hawai‘i and to the flying public at large.

The Solution:

Nicknamed “Pualani” (flower of the sky), Hawaiian’s island girl is depicted in a more realistic, more genuine way, in keeping with the current Hawaiian cultural renaissance that has revived dance, music, language and other native traditions. Pualani is young and idealistic. She is feminine, yet strong. She is, at once, worldly and sublime. A penetrating gaze bespeaks confidence in a bright future for her, Hawaiian Airlines and the State of Hawai‘i. The three-quarter pose requires one to look slightly up at her as, fittingly, one would to a “flower of the sky.”

 

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Logos and text copyright Lindon Leader

Lindon Leader is a Disruptor Foundation Fellow and was a 2014 Honoree at the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards. Over a thirty-year career in strategic branding Lindon has developed logos and corporate identities for FedEx, CIGNA, Technicolor, Walt Disney, Hawaiian Airlines, Avery Dennison, Ryder Systems, and Progress Energy, among many others. Beginning his career with the legendary designer Saul Bass, Lindon has served as design director for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, as senior design director for Landor Associates and as executive creative director for Addison. Since 2001, he has built a successful strategic design consultancy in Park City, Utah where he continues to serve the branding needs of clients around the world. After degrees in Political Science from Stanford University and Advertising Design from the Art Center College of Design, Lindon has received over 30 major design awards worldwide. His work has appeared in numerous publications and is included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution.

Awards Ceremony Video

Video of the 2014 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards can now be found on YouTube!

Enjoy the full ceremony (below) or click here to see the entire playlist of individual honorees’ speeches and segments.

Trevor Neilson – Founder and President, Global Philanthropy Group

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Trevor Neilson is president of Global Philanthropy Group, which he co-founded in 2006. In that capacity he has been involved in the creation and implementation of many of the world’s most respected philanthropic initiatives. Global Philanthropy Group has designed cutting-edge philanthropic strategies for clients in every region of the world and has worked on most of the world’s most pressing problems.

Trevor is also a partner and investor in G2 Investment Group, where he focuses on the creation of companies and on private equity investments in distressed debt, energy, real estate, and other areas. Recently he co-founded Threat Pattern with several former officers from the Central Intelligence Agency. Threat Pattern uses cutting edge intelligence and counter-intelligence strategies to protect corporate assets and brand reputation.

He is also an active investor in and advisor of funds and companies including MBGlobal, Enviroboard, Amplify, Hint Water, Crosscut Ventures, Squabbler and Upfront.

Trevor played an active role in President Obama’s re-election campaign, serving as a surrogate and designing and implementing strategies aimed at engaging key constituencies. He helped create Bono’s Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa (DATA) organization, now called “the ONE campaign,” and continues to serve on its policy board. He was executive director of the Global Business Coalition (GBC) which was created with investments from Bill Gates, George Soros and Ted Turner. At GBC, Trevor reported to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations and President Obama’s former Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Previously, Trevor worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, initially as director of public affairs and later as director of special projects. He served in the White House during the Clinton administration.

He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the advisory boards of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation, the Los Angeles Police Foundation, the Wikimedia Foundation, and the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is an active member of the Clinton Global Initiative. Neilson attended Washington State University, and served as a Visiting Practitioner at the Georgetown University Center for Public and Non-profit Leadership.

Social Media:

Twitter – @trevor_neilson and @globalphilgrp

Website – Global Philanthropy Group

 

Clay Christensen Responds, and Reflects, on all the Hoopla

By Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula, co-founders, Disruptor Foundation

As co-founders with Clay of the Disruptor Foundation, our mission is to raise awareness of and encourage the advancement of disruptive innovation theory and its’ application. Jill Lepore’s New Yorker article, and the river of commentary in its wake has certainly achieved a heightened level of awareness and engagement. That’s a good thing, because as Clay himself advocates in last week’s interview with Harvard Business Review editor Adi Ignatius: “the theory is a process, not an event. And the way you build a powerful body of understanding is to invite people use the ideas — find something the theory can’t explain — and it gets stronger.”

Hear it from Clay, in is own words, below, and join the ongoing discussion with us at the Disruptor Foundation.

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‘Meet’ball Dinner 2014

Select images from the annual Honoree, Fellow and VIP ‘Meet’ball Dinner at Neuehouse, Thursday April 24th

Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival/Noam Galal – image distribution away from this site not permitted

Naveen Selvadurai — Partner, Expa and Co-Founder, Foursquare

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Naveen is a Partner at Expa, a startup product studio that starts new internet companies. Expa’s mission is to use data and design to create innovative consumer products. The team has offices in San Francisco and New York and is currently working on two companies: Reserve and Operator. Previously, he co-founded foursquare, a service for local recommendations and a platform for organizing the world’s places. He loves cycling and photography (but he’d still have to keep his normal job). He lives in SoHo, New York City.

Social Media:

Twitter – @naveen
Facebook – Naveenium
Website - naveen.com

Select Publications:

The Wall Street Journal

TechCrunch

Eater

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Rae Dawn Chong — Actress, Director and Screenwriter

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I was born in Edmonton Canada to a single mother. When I was 3 months old I was placed in an orphanage. I was adopted by my biological fathers mother Grandma Chong. I went to live with the Chong’s who at the time owned and managed 3 night club in Vancouver Canada until 1967 when we moved to Detroit Mi. Tommy Chong, my father was a musician in a band signed to Motown, Bobby Taylor and The Vancouver’s. We got our Alien (Green card) status to migrate from Canada because of Motown, thank you, Barry Gordy. Landing in Los Angeles in 1969 starting from scratch, my adopted mom Maxine worked as executive assistant to the chairman of Exxon Oil. She supported everyone, my sister, my Dad and his girlfriend and I. Maxine Chong is a saint.

My father went on to form the comedy duo “Cheech and Chong.” I started performing at 2 dancing and singing on stage with my father’s band but was discovered at 12 years old singing at my elementary school graduation. From that moment I went on to act in television and film for the next 41 years making over 70 films; Quest for Fire, Choose Me, Color Purple, Commando and the more recent Jeff Who Lives at Home, my latest Knock Em dead to name a few. I also starred in a television series Mysterious Ways NBC/PAX . Today I live in the seacoast of NH where I write, and produce and teach acting. I am currently developing a drama series called The Celebrant that I hope lands on Netflix. It is an hour long narrative about a celebrant who serves the people of the Seacoast. The Celebrant pilot was shot in October 2013 after a successful Indiegogo campaign which raised 50% of the budget, we gap funded the rest with private investors. I wrote, directed as well as starred in the piece; it also features Tim Reid (WKRP, Franks Place). We hope to land distribution shortly. I am also developing another series about friendship between a wealthy kid and his best friend who lives beneath the poverty line, a soap opera that focuses on the complexities of youth, friendship and life between the two worlds. Badgers Island is in pre-production as I write this. I have studied with various acting masters including Barry Primus at The Actors Studio. I am on the board of the NH film festival in Portsmouth. I volunteer at our local elementary schools Moharimet and Mast Way, teaching acting to 3rd and 4th graders. I also teach an adult master acting class with the focus on acting for the camera. I have been writing since 1991 when I wrote my first feature film “Boulevard” that was produced and shot in Toronto by North Star. I have had three other scripts produced for both film and television.

I am heartened by the many platforms available to us as content creators today. There is nothing stopping us from getting our stories made. I have three more projects in development and hope to continue creating and teaching and exploring the infinite world of media, film using the social universe. My first love is storytelling, sharing through witnessing the human condition because as an actor it is our job to communicate through the written word. I take this very seriously and think it a value to all. Without our stories we have nothing to soothe the soul or stimulate its expansion. In the end we all want to be challenged to grow and to be loved.

 

TDIA on HLN

During the week leading up to this year’s Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, HLN introduced the world to four of the newest key players in disruptive innovation (above) on national television.

Watch their reel featuring four of our honorees — Kevin Kelley (“The coach who never punts”), Debbie Sterling (“GoldieBlox”), Yael Cohen (“Fuck Cancer”) and Adam Braun (“Pencils of Promise”).

WHAT’S YOUR SPUTNIK MOMENT?

In 1957, the launch of the world’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, changed the world forever. HLN also spoke to these honorees about their own “Sputnik moments” that changed the course of their innovative thinking:

DEBBIE STERLING

KEVIN KELLEY

YAEL COHEN

ADAM BRAUN

Photo Recap — IX Innovation Cities Tour NYC, April 2014

A recap in photos from the Innovation Excellence NYC installment of the Innovation Cities Tour on April 21, 2014. Photography copyright Andrew Federman.

The next stop on the tour is San Francisco on June 17 – RSVP your spot now!

Gregg Breinburg and Clive Baird of PS22

Gregg Breinburg and Clive Baird of PS22

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Craig Hatkoff with Gregg Breinberg (Honoree 2010) and Clive Baird PS22

Irwin Kula during the panel conversation

Irwin Kula during the panel conversation

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Peter Thum (Honoree 2012)

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Peter Thum, Irwin Kula and Craig Hatkoff catching up

Peter Thum, Irwin Kula and Craig Hatkoff catching up

Irwin Kula and David Keyes (Disruptor Foundation Fellow)

Irwin Kula and David Keyes (Disruptor Foundation Fellow)

Julie Anixter, Executive in Residence of the Disruptor Foundation &  Co-Founder of Innovation Excellence

Julie Anixter, Executive in Residence of the Disruptor Foundation & Co-Founder of Innovation Excellence

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Craig Hatkoff, Judith Glaser and Julie Anixter

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Craig Hatkoff and Judith Glaser

from left: Irwin Kula, David Keyes, Craig Hatkoff and Judith Glaser

from left: Irwin Kula, David Keyes, Craig Hatkoff and Judith Glaser

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Bre Pettis (Makerbot, 2012 Honoree)

Bre Pettis (Makerbot, 2012 Honoree)

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Max Lugavere (Disruptor Foundation Fellow)

Max Lugavere (Disruptor Foundation Fellow)

Makerbot 3D Printer on display

Makerbot 3D Printer on display

Gregg Breinberg (Honoree 2010) and Craig Hatkoff

Gregg Breinberg (Honoree 2010) and Craig Hatkoff

Craig Hatkoff with Gregg Breinberg (2010 Honoree) and Clive Baird of PS22

Craig Hatkoff with Gregg Breinberg (2010 Honoree) and Clive Baird of PS22

Bre Pettis (Honoree 2012) and Craig Hatkoff

Bre Pettis (Honoree 2012) and Craig Hatkoff

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Irwin Kula: Encountering Glenn Beck

Encountering Glenn Beck

By: Irwin Kula

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This past Thursday I spent an extraordinary day in Dallas with Glenn Beck… yes that Glenn Beck. I did a radio segment and a TV segment, had a two-hour conversation with Glenn and then had an intimate dinner with him and some remarkable innovators and writers. Our experience was so authentic and admittedly unnerving that on Friday morning as I was heading to the airport, Glenn’s producer called and I did another radio segment by phone.

I am still processing what exactly happened as stereotypes dissolved in honest and heart-opening conversation that revealed possibilities of understanding that were so unexpected. Do we disagree – perhaps even fundamentally – on so very much? Yes. And yet we listened deeply to each other’s words and to the feelings and emotions behind the words in a way I have rarely experienced with someone with whom I seemingly so disagree.

One of the sad if not frightening things since my encounter with Glenn has been the critical and even harsh reaction from both people writing on his platform and some of my liberal friends. Interestingly both sides only heard – if they even listened and watched – what confirmed their own biases and missed the challenging things Glenn and I said. In the coming weeks I will write more about all this as Glenn and I intend to pursue our relationship and deepen our conversation without borders. But for now please listen to this radio segment (at the end of the article) and specifically for where Glenn and I say things that were challenging to each other communities. Please don’t miss Glenn’s comment at 6:10 of the segment.

 

–Irwin

–as seen originally on The Wisdom Daily

“The Greatest Flops in History” by Craig Hatkoff, Speaker at NYU Stern Undergraduate Baccalaureate

On Thursday May 22nd, Craig Hatkoff had the honor of being Keynote Speaker at the 2014 NYU Stern School of Business Undergraduate College Baccalaureate ceremony at Radio City Music Hall. Craig’s speech, titled “The Greatest Flops in History,” featured the symbolic TDIA Hammer, and offered advice and anecdotes for the Class of 2014:

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The Greatest Flops In History

Thank you, Dean Menon. I would also like to thank Dean Peter Henry, Vice Dean Rohit Deo, Mr. Martin Dorph, and esteemed NYU Stern Faculty. Class of 2014, Parents, Family and Friends, I am deeply honored to address you today.

To the Class of 2014: Congratulations! Your achievements honor all of us here today. But I am painfully aware that there is nothing standing between you and your diplomas except for ME. So I will be brief.

While I did not attend NYU, my ties to NYU run deep. My wife and fellow co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival — Jane Rosenthal — is a distinguished graduate of the NYU film program. My daughter Juliana has just completed her freshman year at Gallatin.

There is even an entire course at Stern — now in its fifth year — called Convergence and Cinema at the Tribeca Film Festival in the burgeoning Entertainment, Media and Technology Program (EMT) run by Professor Al Lieberman. Al approached me five years ago with a crazy idea: to bring the educational experience to life for the students at Stern and other NYU schools during and around the festival. I understand EMT is now the most popular minor concentration at all of NYU. So, a quick shout out to all of you EMT minors.

Finally — very near and dear to my heart — NYU Stern hosts our annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards that celebrate the most “radical innovations of consequence” across a wide range of domains and disciplines. Our honorees have ranged from Eric Schmidt, Bre Pettis, YouTube phenomenon Psy, Jack Dorsey, the Cronut, NIH, Uber, the Menurkey, Justin Bieber (who took the word “disruptive” a touch out of context), Warby Parker, DARPA, the Sputnik satellite and 15 year-old Jack Andraka who has discovered an affordable, early detection testing strip for pancreatic cancer to name but a few. Thank you Dean Henry and Dean Menon and all our friends at Stern for your support! You have been a great partner.

Class of 2014, your Stern diploma is but a reminder that the education you have all worked hard for gives you a competitive advantage on your journey ahead. Make the most of this fantastic, formal foundation of knowledge you have acquired. But I deeply encourage you all to commit  yourselves to the informal daily practice of lifelong learning in whatever it is you do.  Explore and experience as many people, places and things as you possible can — both online and in the real world. These experiences are the dots that hopefully you will connect  throughout your life.

Steve Jobs set the gold standard for commencement addresses in his 2005 Stanford commencement speech. He talked about “connecting the dots.” As a college drop-out it was a single calligraphy course that Steve Jobs dropped in on that led to one of the greatest design breakthroughs in the personal computer, and of course the Mac, a revolution that introduced the beautiful typography we are all accustomed to. But he also said “you can only connect the dots looking backward.”

Today I am going to challenge that notion and invite you to believe that if you simply have enough dots to connect, you can actually begin to connect them looking forward. In fact, with enough dots in your network of experiences the dots even begin to connect themselves. It’s a derivation of Metcalfe’s Law about networks — that the total number of possible connections in any network is the square of the number of nodes or dots. With only two fax machines in the world there is only one possible connection. With a hundred fax machines there are roughly 10,0000 possible connections.

Second guessing Steve Jobs can be very hazardous. Just ask Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, who very publicly predicted that the iPhone would never gain significant market share. That prediction flopped to say the least.

But Steve Jobs, as you probably know, had quite a few flops of his own in his career — the Lisa, NeXT Computers, the Newton, hiring John Sculley. He even flopped at selling Pixar for $50 million — which by the way he later sold to Disney for $7.4 billion. Ah! We should all flop like Steve Jobs.

Jobs hit more home runs than anyone else I can think of, in spite of striking out spectacularly quite a number of times. But you can’t hit home runs without swinging at the ball. But speaking of home runs does anyone here even remember that Yankee legend Reggie Jackson had 2,597 strikeouts and only 2,584 hits? Think about it: he had more strikeouts than hits.

But here’s the thing — one out of every five of Jackson’s hits was a home run! And yet with all those strikeouts, no one today remembers Reggie Jackson as a flop or says, “Boy, that Reggie Jackson sure struck out a lot!” It’s buried in the footnotes on his Wikipedia page. By the way, here is a serious piece of advice. Always read footnotes! Why? Because no one else does. I find the most remarkable stuff hiding in those footnotes! So Class of 2014, don’t ever think that if you strike out — or even strike out frequently — you are failure or you are a flop.

Three weeks ago we held our fifth annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards at Stern and at Skirball. One of this year’s honorees was a high school football coach named Kevin Kelley from Pulaski High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, who is known as “the coach who never punts.” 

Coach Kelley perused the statistical studies (and read the footnotes) and concluded that, however unconventional, it never makes sense to punt the ball…ever!

So his team never punts — ever! But he has won three state championships and has numerous undefeated seasons. So why is it other teams don’t use this strategy? It is just human nature. People just don’t like to strike out. They don’t like to fail. No one wants to be a flop.

I have three comments to make about  failure:

(1) You will definitely fail at something if you haven’t already;

(2) How you handle failure will define you; and

(3) Every single commencement speech has a story about failure. So let me tell you my story. It’s  a little different than most conventional failure stories.

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My first job as a commercial banker was a total flop. Back in 1979, I was summoned to an emergency meeting with my boss, my boss’ boss and my boss’ boss’ boss. I was a 26 year-old hot shot commercial banker at Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan Chase) Or so I thought. “They must be calling me in to give me a raise and  promoting me directly to Vice President (mind you, skipping three levels in between),” I thought to myself. My expectations had become seriously disconnected from reality. And I mean seriously.

As I entered the office I realized I walked right into a buzz saw as these three members of the Star Chamber deliver the blow. Yes, I was very smart they conceded. But things just weren’t working out and they just didn’t see them working out under any scenario. I just wasn’t cut out to be a lender.

“What’s wrong?” I asked. Answer: I had a bad attitude, had too many silly new ideas, couldn’t follow instructions, asked too many questions, and was deeply deficient in my administrative capabilities. And there was no place for humor in memos going to the Board of Directors. And to top it off I was arrogant! They were blunt and direct — most people in the division thought I was a “complete asshole.” The last comment really stung.

So I was put on “double secret probation” and they suggested over the next month or so I give serious consideration to other career alternatives. They suggested looking at different industries. I hope you’re getting the picture.

Tail between my legs, I walked out in a complete daze. I guess every one else on the entire floor knew what was coming — but me. As I did the “walk of shame” I realized I had never been so humiliated. I could feel the snickers through the back of my head. For the first time in my life I had failed at something. I was a complete and total flop.

But my failure story has a bit of a twist that I hope might reassure or even inspire some of you facing the disasters that will surely come your way. Over the next 90 days, I decided to double down. Like Reggie Jackson I was going to swing for the fences. Instead of wallowing in self pity, sitting in my little cubicle with people walking by and staring at me, I wrote up one of my “silly new ideas” into a succinct and compelling two page memo that — if you will allow me a bit of hyperbolic exaggeration for dramatic effect — basically revolutionized real estate finance.

Contained in this terse memo were some of the seeds for one of the most radical ideas in the annals of banking: Asset securitization. The memo simply suggested that construction loans (and other commercial real estate loans) could be “sliced and diced,” cut up into different securities and risk preferences and selling off the funding risk, credit risk and interest rate to different parties. (Hopefully the 50% of you who are finance majors can explain this to the others after graduation.)

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That 2-page memo lead to how real estate financing got done… over 25 years ago! (from a 1987 issue of Institutional Investor)

This two-page memo became my ticket out of Dodge. Out of purgatory. No — actually it was my ticket out of hell. The memo spread like wildfire. Within a couple of months, I had gone from being a total flop at Chemical Bank to a virtual rock star.

While I had bombed out as a traditional lender — and lets be clear — I had inexorably failed — it turned out I did have some other valuable talents that emerged from this trauma. But I would never make another loan.

Like the coach who never punts — even when its fourth down and 20 — sometimes you just go for it. And I wasn’t about to punt that ball. That little two-page memo turned around what could have been a total flop into an extraordinary 20-year run in the real estate finance business. From the moment after I sent out that memo, I loved every minute of real estate, banking and finance. Until one day I just stopped loving it. The flame had burned out and the passion was gone.

The next day I quit. I just quit. It was 2000 and it was time for something new. Something completely different. All I knew was I loved technology, I loved innovation, I loved music and I wanted to write children’s books.

So I left “my job” and began a new career to immersing myself in all of these fields, all at the same time, and continue to do so to this day. In September, my daughters, who are my co-authors, and I are about to publish our 15th children’s book with Scholastic. We have even become #1 New York Times bestsellers.

But back to 2001. September 11th hit. By December  2001, my wife Jane and Bob De Niro asked me if I would join them as a co-founder to launch the Tribeca Film Festival in an attempt to revitalize lower Manhattan. I would be the business guy. There was a catch. We needed to launch the festival in next 120 days—it was the only slot on the film festival calendar that could possibly work. It was pretty ridiculous to think that any film festival could be launched in 120 days let alone after of the total devastation of lower Manhattan.

From a business perspective, everything I had learned through my entire career pointed to one conclusion. This couldn’t possibly work. Certainly not on paper. Business plan? Forget about it. There was no business plan. But knowing my wife and knowing Bob I came to one conclusion very quickly. There were not enough words in the English language to talk them out of it. I wasn’t even going to try. It was fourth down and 20, and we just decided to go for it.

It was an epic struggle, but we never lost faith in the vision. I do think if I had thought about it too much I would have lost my nerve even if they didn’t lose theirs. Collectively perhaps we weren’t brave — maybe we were just oblivious.

When asked at the opening press conference in December 2001 what the Tribeca Film Festival would be, Bob said: “I don’t know what it’s going to be, but I know its going to be great.”

Bob turned out to be right. Three weeks ago we concluded the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival, and for the life of me I still don’t know how the hell it all worked. But it did. It really can’t be explained in conventional terms. By all rights it should have been a flop. A really big flop. But it worked. It was just a total leap of faith.

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Now I want to close with one last story about really big flop but one that entailed a literal leap of faith. At the 1968 summer Olympics a 21 year-old high jumper approached the bar. Instead of jumping over chest-first like all the other high jumpers before him, the 80,000 spectators in the stadium erupted as Dick Fosbury cleared it by jumping over backwards. With the entire world watching he soared over the bar — a bit clumsily — but he nailed it!

It was very inelegant to say the least as the gangly 21-year old flopped over the bar his chest pointing to the sky. Described as if he had a “seizure in mid-air” this highly unconventional style earned the description that remains to this day and is know as the “Fosbury Flop.”

Up until that moment he had been ridiculed and  he had been violently opposed  by the naysayers. Some even accused him of breaking the rules. However, there was one incontrovertible fact. Dick Fosbury — with his Fosbury Flop — had just won the Olympic gold medal and would set a new world record of 7 feet 4 and ¼ inches all by jumping over the bar backwards.

Today 100% of all high jumpers use the Fosbury Flop in what has been called the greatest flop in history. So class of 2014 remember this: to be successful, sometimes you even have to be prepared to take leap of faith backwards.

I am bestowing upon you today our ceremonial hammer from the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards known as Maslow’s Silver Hammer in honor of Abe Maslow who famously said “when your only tool’s a hammer every problem starts looking like a nail.” Class of 2014. You now have many tools. Use them wisely. Stay humble. Stay hungry. Stay foolish. Connect as many dots as you can throughout your lives and don’t be afraid to take a leap of faith — even backwards. And may all your flops be spectacular. Congratulations to all of you. I bid you farewell and good luck.

Now get out there and nail it!

Craig and NYU Stern Dean Geeta Menon

Craig and Dean Geeta Menon, via Twitter: “Thank you, @chatkoff, for those inspirational remarks at today’s @SternUC Baccalaureate @RadioCity!! #IAmStern14″

More coverage of Baccalaureate can be found on NYU News

TDIA 2014 — Awards Ceremony

Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards
April 25, 2014 – NYU Skirball

All images copyright 2014, Philip Montgomery

“From Outer Space to Inner Space…Sputnik 2.0″: TDIA Opening Video 2014

In its fifth anniversary year, TDIA explores the impact of the original “Sputnik moment” and takes a bold journey from outerspace to innerspace, in search of the innovations that will come to define “Sputnik 2.0″.

Written & Produced by Joshua Cicerone, Edited by Jeremy Mather

 

2014 TDIA Breakout Sessions Recap

After our awards ceremony on Friday, guests from the audience attended one of seven thought-provoking breakout sessions hosted in classrooms at NYU Stern School of Business: panels which included many of our honorees, fellows, and other disruptors from a range of industries. Thank you to NYU, all moderators, panelists and guests for making such great conversations possible!

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Rick Rubin, Kanye West and Mark Romanek Team Up for 808 Acceptance Speech Video That Rocks Tribeca

Rick Rubin, Kanye West and Mark Romanek Team Up for 808 Acceptance Speech Video That Rocks Tribeca

by Craig Hatkoff, Chief Curator, Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards & Co-Founder, Tribeca Film Festival

This trio raised the bar: disrupted the future for all award shows and the usual deadly, boring acceptance speeches.

 

I was a bit disappointed when I learned Rick Rubin and Kanye West would not be able to attend the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards to accept the award on behalf of the TR-808 Drum Machine that they both immortalized. Let me explain.

Two years ago Rick, who was not able to attend to receive his award as a major disruptive force in the music business, instead made an outrageously smart video-acceptance speech— a brilliantly crafted homage to the Academy Award winning “The Artist”—complete with a done-to-perfection, scratchily authentic look and feel. In the subtitles, Rick states in terse, Hemingway style that, quite simply, he has always been disruptive. It was so smart and funny it brought the house down.

So this year, in lieu of appearing at the awards, Rick and Kanye worked with another disruptive genius—film and music video legend Mark Romanek—to come up with an even more ingenious 808 acceptance speech. It was hard to figure out exactly who to thank for bringing the 808 its immortality 30 years after it has been discontinued, but I think we nailed it with our selection of these honorees.

While I am sure these three disruptors will win more Disruptive Innovation awards in the future, it might be more fun to have them just keep sending us these kickass video acceptances. They might have even cracked the code on how to make award shows more exciting for everyone. (Are you listening out there?)

Bring it on and congratulations.

Craig

IX Innovation Cities Tour NYC Panel 4/21/14

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This past Monday night, Craig Hatkoff and Rabbi Irwin Kula spoke with Hutch Carpenter, Judith E. Glaser, Mark Payne, Tarah Feinberg, Jeff Meleski, Peter Thum and Bre Pettis in a panel moderated by Julie Anixter. The panel was a part of the NYC edition of the Innovation Excellence Innovation Cities Tour, hosted in part by the Disruptor Foundation, HYPE Innovation (Founding Sponsor) and more. The Innovation Cities Tour celebrates the Innovation Movement across the US by capturing, sharing, and spreading your stories: “Our goal is to highlight innovation and innovators in each city we visit, proving that innovation is now a full-fledged discipline. We are gathering together disruptive thinkers, doers, technologies, and resources from the Innovation Excellence community in order to inspire one another, share knowledge, discover new resources, and accelerate innovation in your city — and beyond.”

Video of the full discussion:

The next stop on the Tour is Boston on May 12th followed by San Francisco and Chicago.

For more information and Innovation Cities Tour RSVP details visit InnovationExcellence

 

Irwin Kula: Mourning Online – What Does This Mean for Traditional Religion?

Mourning Online – What Does This Mean for Traditional Religion?

By Irwin Kula

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If there is one thing religion has historically been good at and its clergy and institutions used for it is death management. Well, these days with “None” the fastest growing religious identification – more than 20% of all Americans and more than 30% of those under 32 years of age so identified – it shouldn’t be surprising that close to 30% of all funerals in America happen without any clergy. Obviously, people are having funerals and mourning for loved ones so what are they doing? Rather than engage religious authorities and institutions – the “cathedrals” – people are getting the resources they need to bury, mourn, grieve, and find meaning and comfort – from the “bazaar”.

Recently, the New York Times highlighted products and services arising in this bazaar: new social media spaces like modernloss.com and whatsyourgrief.com where people share stories, insights and advice from their own experience with death (“witnessing” in classic religious language), get resources (wisdom and practices) to help navigate this life passage and develop webs of relationships of support, comfort, and care (the classic definition of “community”). These platforms are attracting thousands of people who, in religious language, are a blessing for those who wonder if they’re alone in their emotions or the challenges they face after a loss. The sites give witness not only to the enduring love people have for those they’ve lost but for people’s capacity to help each other affirm life despite loss. They do the jobs we need done when someone we love dies.

Just as technological innovation is disrupting every business model – retail stores, publishing, music, health care, universities, political revolutions, etc. – technology is now disrupting the business model of institutional religion. In classic disruptive innovation theory a disruptive product or service addresses a market that isn’t being served and offers a simpler, cheaper, and more convenient alternative to the existing product. The usual critique by the incumbent business is that the new product is not as good, as powerful, or as authentic as the existing product (think iTunes vs. a record album or Wikipedia vs. Encyclopedia Britannica) but all it needs to be is good enough to get the job done.

What do these new products and services that help people deal with death have in common? Why are they working for people for whom the incumbent religious institutions and authorities aren’t?

These platforms along with search engines, blogs, YouTube series, Facebook memorials, Instagram feeds about grief and loss all respond to the needs and sensibilities of the increasing number of Americans mixing, blending, bending, and switching identities. All these “spiritual” innovations transcend particular creeds and dogma and like cable companies, unbundle religious practices and rituals from their metaphysical and group contexts. These platforms embrace the fact that there are as many ways to experience and express grief as there are people. They encourage new norms and invite people to customize their religious and spiritual choices (have it your way as the jingle goes). People do not depend on experts but on peers who know the world has changed and that there’s no roadmap for handling grief and who want to connect to other people equally confused on their journey.

What does this mean for the cathedrals of organized religion? We are entering a brave new world for Americans increasingly disconnecting from traditional authorities and institutions. Forces that predominate in our culture, such as new media, entertainment, and information technologies will inevitably shape our spiritual sensibilities, values, and behaviors. Will the cathedrals embrace the bazaar? Will the imagination and ingenuity of the bazaar influence the cathedrals? What spiritual entrepreneurs and innovators have you met? What new spiritual innovations are you using?

 

–as seen originally on The Wisdom Daily

Press Release: The 5th Annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

AND DISRUPTOR FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE HONOREES

FOR FIFTH ANNUAL TRIBECA DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION AWARDS

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Award collaboration with Harvard professor Clay Christensen to highlight successful disruptive innovation including non-traditional, identity-based domains such as culture, education, healthcare, philanthropy, politics, religion and social entrepreneurship

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Curator and Chairman of TEDMED Jay Walker and Olympian Dick Fosbury to be recognized  as  Lifetime Achievement Honorees, Award Winners Also Include National Institutes of Health, Red Bull Music Academy, Adam Braun, Sesame Workshop, Warby Parker & VisionSpring, Yael Cohen, GoldieBlox, Malala Fund’s Shiza Shahid, Afghani entrepreneur Roya Mahboob

Pope Francis named as recipient of Adam Smith Prize Presented by the Harvard Business Review; His Holiness’ Recent Exhoration, Evangelii Gaudium, named book of the year

 

Kickstarter to receive Christensen Prize presented annually by Harvard Business review

New York, NY [April 21, 2014] – The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), in association with noted Harvard Business School Professor Clay Christensen and Tribeca’s Craig Hatkoff, who are co-founders of the Disruptor Foundation, announced it will hold the fifth annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards.  The fifth edition, co-sponsored by Accenture and AT&T will be hosted at NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts, on Friday April 25th. The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 16th to 27th.

The Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards celebrates two dozen honorees whose ideas have broken the mold to create significant impact beyond the original technological and industrial realms into the fields of healthcare, education, international development, politics and advocacy, media, the arts and entertainment.  This year, the ceremony includes several awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Being honored for Class of 2014 Lifetime Achievement is Jay Walker, curator and chairman of TEDMED.  TEDMED is the sole independent licensee of the world-famous TED organization, whose online talks have over one billion views. Walker is also the founder of three companies that serve more than 50 million customers each, including Priceline.

“At NYU Tisch School of the Arts, we prize creative innovation and disruptive thinking for their power to create value,” said Mary Schmidt Campbell, Dean of NYU Tisch School of Performing Arts.  “We are excited to host this year’s Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards at Skirball Center for Performing Arts, and thrilled that our students will share in this unique learning experience.”

Rick Rubin and Kanye West will be not be attending this year’s awards, but will be shown live at the event accepting the Roland 808‘s award for contribution to hip hop.

Other honorees include JC Curleigh and Amanda Palmer, two of the several honorees who have been newly selected since the first dozen were announced in February by Tribeca Film Festival.  James Curleigh, President of the Levi’s® brand, is responsible for leading the strategic direction and execution of the Levi’s® brand globally with a focus on product creation, marketing concepts, and market solutions. His role is to drive this iconic brand confidently into the future. Curleigh has more than 20 years of experience building and expanding consumer brands around the world. He previously acted as President and CEO of KEEN Footwear, Inc. as well as President and CEO of Salomon Sports North America. He also established and led TaylorMade adidas golf division in Europe and held various leadership positions at M&M Mars. Curleigh is a triple citizen of the USA, Canada, and the UK.

Amanda Palmer, widely known as “The Social Media Queen of Rock-N-Roll” is also being recognized.  Her constant and disarmingly intimate engagement with her fans via her blog, Tumblr, and Twitter (800,000+ followers), and has been at the vanguard of using both “direct to fan” and “pay what you want” (patronage) business models to build and run her business. In May of 2012 she made international news when she raised nearly $1.2 million pre-selling her new album, Theatre is Evil, along with related merchandise and “experiences” via Kickstarter. Theatre is Evil went on to debut in the “Billboard Top 10” when it was released on Sept. 11, 2012, and has been released in over 20 countries on her own label, 8ft records.  Provocative, irreverent, controversial and wildly creative, Amanda Palmer is a fearless singer, songwriter, playwright, blogger and an audaciously expressive pianist who simultaneously embraces – and explodes – traditional frameworks of music, theater and art.  Amanda was invited to present a “TED Talk” at TED’s 2013 Conference. To date her Talk, “The Art of Asking”, has been viewed more than 4 million times worldwide.

Yael Cohen, founder of Fuck Cancer is being honored with the Henry IV Prize.  Fuck Cancer is a cancer education organization aiming to activate Gen-Y to engage with their parents about early detection, preventative lifestyles and communication around cancer. Yael launched Fuck Cancer in 2009 after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now at four years old, Fuck Cancer creates unique tools and campaigns that people can relate to, using technology, humor, and celebrities to enable their community to engage with cancer on a different level.  Wochit, based in New York, is being honored with the Gutenberg Prize for is disruptive potential in the field of journalism. The cloud based video creation platform enables brands and storytellers to instantly react to any story and economically scale branded, studio-quality video production.

The 2014 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, inspired by the Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen, aim to emphasize applications of and advancements in disruptive innovation theory that have extended beyond the original technology and industrial realm.  The original disruptive theory is evolving, impacted by a digitally connected world and the growing potential to use the role of identity, worldviews and values as formidable variables in innovation theory.  This theory works as a means of social reciprocity being applied to pressing global issues such as education, philanthropy, politics, religion and spirituality.

Last year at the awards Professor Christensen identified three areas desperately in need of disruption:  parenting, terrorism and religion.  This year’s awards reflect Christensen’s call to action.  In particular Pope Francis has been identified by the Awards as a powerful innovator and, somewhat surprisingly, as an astute economist who appears intimately familiar with Adam Smith’s magnum opus, The Theory of Moral Sentiments.  The Pope has been named the recipient of the Adam Smith Prize that is presented at the awards by the Harvard Business Review.  The Awards also has recognized Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, as its 2014 Book of the Year.  The new Pope’s recent comments on capitalism seem to reflect Smith’s realization that no economic system can be successful without a strong moral foundation and personal accountability.

“We are delighted to have collaborated with Clay over the past five years to identify and celebrate the theory’s anomalies, black swans and outliers that have led to new lenses for rethinking the original theory particularly in domains where identity, worldviews, values and beliefs play a significant role in theory’s predictive power.” said Craig Hatkoff.

Honorees receive ball-pein hammers as the official award nicknamed Maslow’s Silver Hammer, in honor of psychologist Abe Maslow. Maslow, whose hierarchy of needs has become part of the disruptive innovation 2.0 framework, and is noted for his famous quote “When your only tool is a hammer, every problem starts looking like a nail” that embodies the spirit of the awards.

Breakout sessions with brown bag lunches served will follow the awards. Passes to attend Tribeca Innovation Week are available which include access to the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards. Visit www.tribecafilm.com/innovation for more information.

The 2014 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award honorees are as follows:

Jay Walker – Lifetime Achievement Award: Jay Walker is the founder and chairman of LabTV, an innovative new video platform designed to encourage millions of America’s best and brightest students to consider becoming medical scientists. A serial entrepreneur and business leader, Jay has founded three companies that serve more than 50 million customers each. Best known as the creator of Priceline, he is the world’s 11th most patented living inventor, named on more than 700 U.S. patents that describe business solutions across a dozen industries. Jay is also curator and chairman of TEDMED, the health and medicine edition of the famous TED conference. In addition, he chairs Patent Properties, Inc., a public company that is creating a simple and affordable new way to diffuse innovation through America’s economy.

Dick Fosbury– Lifetime Achievement Award: Dick Fosbury defied convention when he went on to win a Gold Medal at the 1968 Olympics hosted by Mexico City. The creator of the “Fosbury Flop” Dick changed the game forever. Since that time, the Fosbury Flop has become the universal technique used by elite high jumpers globally. The USA Olympic Hall of Famer continues to travel the world inspiring young athletes and corporate partners promoting the benefits of sports, fitness, and an active, healthy lifestyle.

Yancey Strickler – Christensen Prize: Yancey Strickler is co-founder and CEO of Kickstarter. Yancey served as Kickstarter’s Head of Community and Head of Communications before becoming CEO. Prior to Kickstarter, Yancey was a music journalist whose writing appeared in The Village Voice, New York magazine, Pitchfork, and other publications.

Adam Braun: Adam Braun is a New York Times bestselling author and the Founder of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning organization that has built on more than 200 schools around the world. His book “The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change” debuted at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list and explains the guiding steps for any person to discover a life of success and significance.

Yael Cohen: Yael Cohen is the founder and CEO of Fuck Cancer, a cancer education organization changing the way the world approaches the prevention and communication of cancer.

Dr. Francis Collins: Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  In that role he oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research.

Constitute Project: Google Ideas worked with the Comparative Constitutions Project to build Constitute with the goal of making the world’s constitutions searchable so people can easily find and compare specific constitutional material. This ranges from the fairly general, such as “Citizenship” and “Foreign Policy,” to the very specific, such as “Suffrage and turnouts” and “Judicial Autonomy and Power.” The aim is to arm drafters with a better tool for constitution design and writing and help citizens learn more about their own constitutions, and those of countries around the world.

Cronut: Chef Dominique Ansel is one of the most feted pastry chefs in the world. As a James Beard Finalist for 2013 and 2014, Chef Ansel was also Business Insider’s “Most Innovative People” in 2013 and and Crain’s “40 Under 40″ in 2014. His creations, from the Cronut™ — one of Time Magazine’s 25 Best Inventions of 2013 — to the Cookie Shot and Frozen S’more have captured the imaginations and attention not only of the culinary world, but that of innovators worldwide.

JC Curleigh: President of the Levi’s® brand. Responsible for leading the strategic direction and execution of the brand globally with a focus on product creation, marketing concepts, and market solutions. He has more than 20 years of experience building and expanding consumer brands, including KEEN Footwear, Inc. and Salomon Sports North America.

Regina Dugan: Vice President of Engineering at Google named Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business 1000” and CNN’s “Top 10 Thinkers.” She leads the Advanced Technology and Projects group charged with breakthrough innovations in mobile computing and accelerating the development of promising technologies to market.

Mary Fisher: Mary Fisher did not wait for change; she became it. In the darkest days of the American AIDS epidemic, she showed millions a “new face of AIDS.” Through her speeches, books, painting, quilts and ethical jewelry, she’s called powerful audiences around the world to protect the powerless. She’s helped build clinics, schools, and sustainable social enterprises enabling vulnerable women to realize their dreams. Co-founder of “100 Good Deeds,” she’s now inspiring a movement to change the world as she has: one person, one deed at a time.

GoldieBlox: Founded by Debbie Sterling in 2012 after recognizing the need for more women in engineering and knowing that girls typically lose interest in math and science as early as age eight. Seizing the opportunity to inspire future innovators before this critical juncture, Sterling designed GoldieBlox to cultivate young girls’ ingenuity and get them building.  GoldieBlox is a book series and construction set where girls follow and build alongside Goldie, a girl inventor.

IdeaPaint: IdeaPaint, headquartered in Boston, MA, exists for one simple reason, to fundamentally improve the way people work and work together.  IdeaPaint makes a high performance dry erase paint that transforms any surface into a boundless writable dry erase canvas that becomes a catalyst for better results; through encouraging collaboration, enhancing creativity and increasing engagement.

Kevin Kelley: Kevin Kelley, a head football coach and athletic director at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas, has radically changed the thinking about “go for it” backed by statistical analysis.  Kelley has led his team to three state championships in the last 11 years by rarely ever giving up the ball on fourth down. Now known as the “the coach who never punts”, Kelley has transformed conventional thinking about football strategy.

Lindon Leader: Over a thirty-year career in corporate identity Lindon has developed branding programs for FedEx, CIGNA, Avery Dennison, Hawaiian Airlines and Ryder Systems, among many others.  Lindon has earned significant recognition worldwide, testimony to the merit of his two-word design philosophy: clarity and simplicity.  His work has appeared in numerous publications and his FedEx logo was cited in the May 2003 Rolling Stone magazine twenty-fifth anniversary issue as one of the eight best American identities of the preceding twenty-five years.

Roya Mahboob: Roya Mahboob is the CEO of Afghan Citadel Software and is one of the first female IT CEOs in Afghanistan. She received the Time 100 Most Influential award in 2013, in a piece written by Sheryl Sandberg, for her work building internet classrooms for women in Afghanistan. Her model trained women to work online from home, allowing them to earn money in a practical way. She also serves on the board of Jelly, the new company from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone. Her fellow board members include Al Gore, Jack Dorsey, and Bono.

Menurkey: Conceived and prototyped by New York City 10-year-old Asher Weintraub, the Menurkey™ is a menorah + turkey combination prompted by the once in a lifetime 2013 convergence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving.  Inspiring countless imitations, a goal-doubling crowdfunding campaign, and even President Obama (who called it a ‘small miracle’), the Menurkey became the Jewish Museum’s top selling item in history, and changed the way we look at hybrid holidays.

Jon Oringer: Jon Oringer is the founder and CEO of Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE:SSTK), the world’s leading provider of commercial stock videos, photos and illustrations. As a dynamic, two-sided creative marketplace, Shutterstock currently has 40,000 contributing artists providing 30 million images to 750,000 customers around the world. The company recently surpassed 350 million paid image downloads and maintains offices in several cities around the world, including New York, Berlin, San Francisco and London.

Amanda Palmer: Provocative, irreverent, controversial and wildly creative, Amanda Palmer is a fearless singer, songwriter, playwright, blogger and an audaciously expressive pianist who simultaneously embraces – and explodes – traditional frameworks of music, theater and art.

City of Pittsburgh: Preparing young people for higher education and the workforce means building on the basics and connecting students with creative and imaginative learning experiences that help them develop modern day skills and competencies. In Pittsburgh, learning innovation efforts are spearheaded by Kids+Creativity, a collaborative network of people, projects and organizations working together to remake learning in schools, libraries, museums, afterschool programs, community centers and online. Gregg Behr and Cathy Lewis Long will be accepting the award on behalf of Pittsburgh.

Red Bull Music Academy: When Many Ameri and Torsten Schmidt were approached in 1997 by an Austrian Beverage Company to help to create something long-lasting and meaningful in music, they had little idea, how serious those alpine folks really were. 17 years of Red Bull Music Academy later, their company Yadastar conceptualizes and executes not only more than 500 music & art events a year, but has added an almost endless video archive of original accounts of modern day’s music history, an online radio station, books and moving images. Yet at the heart of it is still the annual gathering of 60 handpicked applicants, who, once meeting their counterparts from different eras, turn the host city (2014 that will be Tokyo) into a 6 week-long festival of creation, collaboration and celebration.

Sesame Workshop: Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, the landmark television program that reaches millions of children every day in more than 150 countries. The Workshop’s mission is to use the educational power of media to help children everywhere reach their highest potential. Delivered through a variety of platforms, Sesame Workshop develops research-based content – including television programs, books, games, mobile apps and community engagement initiatives – that supports early childhood learning, helps prepare children for school, and addresses developmental needs. The Workshop’s programs are tailored to the needs of specific regions and focus on topics that help young children and families develop critical skills for lifelong learning.  CEO and President, Melvin Ming will be accepting the award on behalf of Sesame Workshop.

Shiza Shahid: Shiza Shahid is an entrepreneur and activist, with her current role being cofounder and CEO of the Malala Fund. She has been recognized as TIME Magazine’s social entrepreneur on its list of “30 Under 30,” Forbes Magazine Education “30 Under 30,” and featured in multiple publications for her social entrepreneurship work including Entrepreneur Magazine and Fast Company.

Sputnik: On October 4th, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, humankind’s first artificial satellite.  This 184 lb. round ball of metal triggered a response in the United States which is now called The Sputnik Moment — a period of several years that began a scientific, political and cultural transformation in America and was the beginning of a Space Race. David Hoffman, The Sputnik Moment’s “unofficial historian,” will be accepting for himself and on behalf of the many individuals who worked on Sputnik and all human technological endeavors since. A 50 year veteran documentary filmmaker who has produced 178 television shows and series mostly for PBS, David Hoffman is currently Executive Producer of Jay Walker’s LabTV. Among Hoffman’s 5 documentary feature films is Sputnik Mania (2009) and its spinoff, the one-hour documentary The Sputnik Moment. In creating this film, Hoffman spent more than a year uncovering the profound changes that took place in America within the 18 months after the Soviets launched Sputnik.

Warby Parker & VisionSpring: Both Warby Parker and VisionSpring have been inspired to disrupt the status quo in the fields of eyewear and vision—one from a non-profit perspective, and the other from a for-profit perspective. Neil Blumenthal, co-founder of Warby Parker, was an early hire at VisionSpring helping to pioneer innovative solutions to deliver affordable glasses in the developing world. Today Warby Parker is revolutionizing the American eyewear industry and VisionSpring has sold more than 1.6 million glasses to those living on less than $8 a day.

Wochit: Wochit is a revolution in short form video. The cloud based video creation platform enables brands and storytellers to instantly react to any story and economically scale branded, studio-quality video production. Whether it’s breaking news or a personal message to communicate, in just 10 minutes you have a ready-to-publish video for web, social and mobile. Backed by Redpoint Ventures, Cedar Fund and Greycroft Partners, Wochit is based in New York with offices in Tel Aviv.

 

About the Disruptor Foundation

The Disruptor Foundation is an independent 501(C)3 non-profit private foundation co-founded in 2009 by Craig Hatkoff,  Irwin Kula and Professor Clayton Christensen, who also serves as Senior Advisor. The Foundation’s mission is to raise awareness of and encourage the advancement of disruptive innovation theory and its application in societally-critical domains.  The Foundation’s marquee event, the annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, is presented in collaboration with theTribeca Film Festival and the Harvard Business School’s Professor Clayton Christensen, originator of disruptive innovation theory.  It will seek to broaden the theory and applications of disruptive as well as other forms of innovations into non-traditional domains and areas. The Foundation will organize, plan and sponsor conferences, events, seminars, awards, prizes, publications, digital and electronic resources for analysis, study, research and application using Disruptive Innovation to effect societal change. The Foundation will encourage cross-disciplinary interaction and serve as a convener of traditional and non-traditional thinkers, entrepreneurs, educators, funders and innovation activists. The Disruptor Foundation Fellows are a self-defining, self-organizing community of accomplished and promising innovators, applying transdisciplinary approaches in their work and daily lives to further the study and application of disruptive innovation. There are no requirements and no obligations other than to be part of an interesting community of creative “solutionaries” across domains.

The Disruptor Cup brings together designers, developers and community members to create simple, effective, user friendly and experience based solutions to persistent urban challenges. The first Disruptor Cup was held in New York City in April 2013, around the theme of emergency preparedness, response and long term recovery.

About the Tribeca Film Festival:

The Tribeca Film Festival helps filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enabling the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. It is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors.

Founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center, to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture, the Festival brings the industry and community together around storytelling.

The Tribeca Film Festival has screened more than 1,300 films from more than 80 countries since its first edition in 2002. Since inception, it has attracted an international audience of more than 3.7 million attendees and has generated an estimated $725 million in economic activity for New York City.

Press Contacts:
TFF/Tribeca Enterprises:
Tammie Rosen, VP of Communications,
(212) 941-2003
trosen@tribecaenterprises.com
Hiltzik Strategies
Melissa Nathan
(212) 430-5059
mnathan@hstrategies.com
 
Hiltzik Strategies
Breanna Farquharson
(212) 776-1163
bfarquharson@hstrategies.com

Visit the Class of 2014 page for the complete list of all TDIA 2014 Honorees and for more information on each honoree.

The 2014 Awards Ceremony will take place:

Friday, April 25th at 11:00 a.m.
NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South)

Lunch and breakout sessions to follow.

All-inclusive Innovation Week Passes now available for purchase. Learn more.

 

Jay Walker — Lifetime Achievement Award

Jay Walker is the founder and chairman of LabTV, an innovative new video platform designed to encourage millions of America’s best and brightest students to consider becoming medical scientists. A serial entrepreneur and business leader, Jay has founded three companies that serve more than 50 million customers each. Best known as the creator of Priceline, he is the world’s 11th most patented living inventor, named on more than 700 U.S. patents that describe business solutions across a dozen industries.

Jay is also curator and chairman of TEDMED, the health and medicine edition of the famous TED conference. In addition, he chairs Patent Properties, Inc., a public company that is creating a simple and affordable new way to diffuse innovation through America’s economy.

A noted expert on imagination, Mr. Walker created and curates one of the world’s great private libraries:  The Library of The History of Human Imagination.  Filled with books, manuscripts, historical artifacts and treasures of all kinds, especially in the field of medicine, the facility was described by Wired magazine as “the most amazing library in the world.”

Social Media:

Twitter – @JWalkerImagine
Facebook – LabTV   TEDMED
Websites –  labtv.com   tedmed.com  walkerdigital.com 

Select Publications:

The Huffington Post

The New York Times

The Wall Street Journal

Forbes

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Dick Fosbury — Lifetime Achievement Award

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Dick Fosbury defied convention when he went on to win a Gold Medal at the 1968 Olympics hosted by Mexico City. The creator of the “Fosbury Flop” Dick changed the game forever. Since that time, the Fosbury Flop has become the universal technique used by elite high jumpers globally. The USA Olympic Hall of Famer continues to travel the world inspiring young athletes and corporate partners promoting the benefits of sports, fitness, and an active, healthy lifestyle.

Social Media:

Twitter – @DickFosbury1
Facebook – Dick Fosbury
Website – www.dickfosbury.com

Select Publications:

The Wall Street Journal

Olympic.org

The Guardian

BBC.com

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Kickstarter — Christensen Prize

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Yancey Strickler is co-founder and CEO of Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects. Since its launch in April 2009, more than 5.8 million people have pledged over $1 billion to projects on Kickstarter. The projects funded come from across the creative spectrum — everything from films, video games, and food trucks, to albums, product design, and comics.

Yancey served as Kickstarter’s Head of Community and Head of Communications before becoming CEO. Prior to Kickstarter, he was a music journalist whose writing appeared in The Village Voice, New York magazine, Pitchfork, and other publications.

Social Media:

Twitter @kickstarter & @ystrickler
Facebook – Kickstarter
Website – kickstarter.com

Select Publications:

The New York Times

Bloomberg Businessweek – with Charlie Rose

Recode.net

Crowdfund Insider

Eater.com

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Cronut® — Product of the Year

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Dominique Ansel is the chef and owner of Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City. In 2014, he became one of Crain’s “40 Under 40”. In 2013, Chef Ansel was named one of Business Insider’s “Most Innovative people Under 40”. That same year, the Daily Mail UK called him the “most feted pastry chef in the world”. In 2013 and 2014, Dominique was nominated a finalist for the “Outstanding Pastry Chef” award by the James Beard Foundation.

Perhaps what has most widely been reported is Chef’s creation of the Cronut®, a croissant and doughnut hybrid that has been reported on throughout the world, and domestically on Good Morning America, the Today Show, ABC’s The Chew, Inside Edition, Fox & Friends, Live with Kelly and Michael, CNN’s Piers Morgan Live with Anthony Bourdain, E! News, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, as well as Bloomberg amongst others. It is also the first pastry to have been so in demand, it sells of up to 20x its retail price on the black market. TIME Magazine named it one of the “25 Best Inventions of 2013”. The Chef’s various other inventions, including his Frozen S’more, Magic Soufflé, and Milk & Cookie shots have all become popular treats with international fame. The New York Post proclaimed Chef Ansel the “Willy Wonka of NYC”and Food & Wine called him a “culinary Van Gogh”.

Since its opening in November of 2011, the chef’s eponymous bakery was awarded Time Out New York’s “Best New Bakery of 2012” and Metromix’s “Best Bakery of 2012”, all within four months of opening its doors. Today, it is also Zagat 2013’s highest ranked bakery and listed as one of the Best Bakeries in the U.S. by Daily Meal.

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Prior to starting his own business, Dominique is well-known in New York as the executive pastry chef at Daniel, Daniel Boulud’s flagship French restaurant. During his six years there (the longest tenure of any pastry chef at Daniel), Dominique was part of the team that led the restaurant to receive its first 4-star New York Times Rating, 3 Michelin stars, and James Beard’s Outstanding Restaurant of the Year Award in 2010. Chef Ansel also spent seven years at the venerable French bakery Fauchon, where he was in charge of international expansion. He has helped Fauchon set up shops around the world, including Russia, Egypt, and Kuwait.

These days, the chef is often noted for his support of various charities, including the fight to end hunger with Food Bank for New York City. In 2013, he appeared on the CNN’s Nightly News to launch a series of charitable campaigns that increased Food Bank search engine awareness by 56% and raised more than $10K of proceeds. Growing up in a poor family in the north of France, the Chef’s story and passion for food and desire to turn that passion for good has inspired a personal visit from the First Lady of France and a call from President François Hollande himself.

Chef Ansel’s first cookbook DOMINIQUE ANSEL: The Secret Recipes (working title) published by Simon & Schuster will be released in October of 2014.

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Social Media:

Twitter: @DominiqueAnsel
Facebook: Dominique Ansel Bakery

Website: dominiqueansel.com

Select Publications:

Good Morning America/Yahoo News

FirstWeFeast.com

The Guardian

Bloomberg

TIME

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Wochit — Gutenberg Prize

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Ran Oz and Dror Ginzberg, Co-Founders

Wochit is a revolution in short form video. The cloud based video creation platform enables brands and storytellers to instantly react to any story and economically scale branded, studio-quality video production. Whether it’s breaking news or a personal message to communicate, in just 10 minutes you have a ready-to-publish video for web, social and mobile.

Backed by Redpoint Ventures, Cedar Fund and Greycroft Partners, Wochit is based in New York with offices in Tel Aviv.

Social Media:

Facebook – Wochit
Twitter – @wochitTwit
Website – www.wochit.com

Select Publications:

TechCrunch

Vator

VideoInk

Examiner

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Sputnik & David Hoffman

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On October 4th, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, humankind’s first artificial satellite.  This 184 lb. round ball of metal triggered a response in the United States which is now called The Sputnik Moment — a period of several years that began a scientific, political and cultural transformation in America and was the beginning of a Space Race.

David Hoffman, The Sputnik Moment’s “unofficial historian,” will be accepting for himself and on behalf of the many individuals who worked on Sputnik and all human technological endeavors since.

David Hoffman has been innovative in a number of different professions and disruptive in every one of them. A 50 year veteran documentary filmmaker producing 178 television shows and series mostly for PBS, strategic communications consultant to corporations like AT&T, UTC, Google, Amazon, and GE among others, a startup guy founding 3 businesses, music producer, publisher of 17 books, greeting card creator, Chief Communications Officer (CCO) to several dozen startups, and currently executive producer of Jay Walker’s LabTV. Hoffman lives and works in Santa Cruz California and continues to produce films–“one man band moviemaking” as he calls it, currently using extremely portable equipment as the photograph above indicates.

Sputnik, pictured in Jay Walker's Library of The History of Human Imagination

Sputnik, pictured in Jay Walker’s Library of The History of Human Imagination

Among Hoffman’s 5 documentary feature films, is Sputnik Mania (2009) and its spinoff, the one-hour documentary The Sputnik Moment. In creating this film, Hoffman spent more than a year uncovering the profound changes that took place in America within the 18 months after the Soviets launched Sputnik.

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Related Links:

David Hoffman – Website

How to See The Complete Feature Documentary: Sputnik Mania

How to Get The 1-hour Documentary: The Sputnik Moment

Social Media:

Facebook – David Hoffman
Twitter – @davidhoffmanca

Adam Braun

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Adam Braun is a New York Times bestselling author and the Founder of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning organization that has built on more than 200 schools around the world. He began working summers at hedge funds when he was just sixteen years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling abroad he met a young boy begging on the streets of India. When Braun asked him what he wanted most in the world, he simply answered, “a pencil.”

This small request became the inspiration for Pencils of Promise, the organization Braun would leave Bain & Company several years later to start with just $25 on his twenty-fifth birthday. Using his unique “for-purpose” approach, he meshed for-profit business acumen with non-profit idealism and in doing so led PoP to be named, “2013 Education Organization of the Year” at a showcase held at the United Nations. His book The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change debuted at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list and explains the guiding steps for any person to discover a life of success and significance.

Social Media:

Twitter – @AdamBraun
Facebook – Pencils of Promise
Websites – www.adambraun.com & www.pencilsofpromise.org

Select Publications:

Forbes

Business Insider

Fast Company

NextShark

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Yael Cohen — Henry IV Prize

Yael Cohen is the founder, president and CEO of Fuck Cancer, a cancer education organization aiming to activate Gen-Y to engage with their parents about early detection, preventative lifestyles and communication around cancer. Yael launched Fuck Cancer in 2009 after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Determined to marshal strength for her mom, Yael decided to use the “F” word to fight the “C” word.

Yael herself serves as an advocate for a range of health and health care issues and through her work with Fuck Cancer, she is changing the way people talk about cancer by creating a human, authentic movement. Now at four years old, Fuck Cancer creates unique tools and campaigns that people can relate to, using technology, humor, and celebrities to enable their community to engage with cancer on a different level.

Yael is not only versed in health care issues, but has also become a recognized leader in philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. As ELLE reports, Yael is “harnessing her generation’s secret weapon – social media – by building an online community for friends and family…’We are the first generation with the technology to change the whole world.’”

In 2011, Yael was named one of the “12 people who are transforming philanthropy” by Canada’s The Globe and Mail. In 2012, Yael was named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” featured as one of ELLE‘s “2012 Genius Award” recipients, one of “Canada’s Most Powerful Women” by the Financial Post, and one of Vancouver’s “Forty Under 40″ by Business in Vancouver Magazine. Yael has also been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award and has been a featured participant in prominent events including the Summit Series (Washington, D.C. and Miami), the Clinton Global Initiative, Big Omaha, TEDWomen, TEDx Vancouver, the United Nations Nexus Conference, and TEDMED.

Social Media:

Twitter @yael & @letsfcancer
Facebook – Fuck Cancer
Website – www.letsFcancer.org

Select Publications:

Forbes

MTV Act

Her Agenda

Hello Giggles

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Dr. Francis Collins

Accepting on behalf of the National Institutes of Health is Dr. Francis S. Collins.

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Dr. Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  In that role he oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum of scientific innovation from basic to clinical research.

Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. He served as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the NIH from 1993-2008.

Before coming to the NIH, Dr. Collins was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at the University of Michigan. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2007, and received the National Medal of Science in 2009.

Social Media:

Twitter – @NIHDirector
Facebook – National Institutes of Health
Website – www.nih.gov

Select Publications:

The Washington Post

The New York Times

Bloomberg

The Boston Globe

Nature

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Constitute Project

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Google Ideas worked with the Comparative Constitutions Project to build Constitute with the goal of making the world’s constitutions searchable so people can easily find and compare specific constitutional material. This ranges from the fairly general, such as “Citizenship” and “Foreign Policy,” to the very specific, such as “Suffrage and turnouts” and “Judicial Autonomy and Power.” The aim is to arm drafters with a better tool for constitution design and writing and help citizens learn more about their own constitutions, and those of countries around the world.

Social Media:

Google Ideas project page – Constitute
Twitter - @GoogleIdeas

Select Publications:

Bar & Bench

Mashable

Global Wire Online

Google – Official Blog

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JC Curleigh

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James Curleigh serves as President of the Levi’s® brand. He is responsible for leading the strategic direction and execution of the brand globally with a focus on product creation, marketing concepts, and market solutions. His role is to drive this iconic brand confidently into the future. Curleigh has more than 20 years of experience building and expanding consumer brands around the world. He previously acted as President and CEO of KEEN Footwear, Inc. as well as President and CEO of Salomon Sports North America. He also established and led TaylorMade adidas golf division in Europe and held various leadership positions at M&M Mars. Curleigh is a triple citizen of the USA, Canada, and the UK.

Social Media:

Twitter – @LEVIS

Facebook – Levi’s

Website – us.levi.com

Select Publications:

Telegraph

The Wall Street Journal – MarketWatch

Yahoo Finance

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Dr. Regina E. Dugan

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Dr. Regina Dugan, Vice President of Engineering at Google, leads the Advanced Technology & Projects (ATAP) group. ATAP is a small band of makers and believers charged with breakthrough innovations in mobile computing and accelerating the development of promising technologies to market. From May 2012 until February 2014, Regina was Senior Vice President and a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Motorola Mobility. In February 2014, ATAP transitioned to Google’s Android, Chrome & Apps product area.

Prior to joining Google, Regina served as the Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the principal agency within the Department of Defense for research, development and demonstration of high-risk, high-payoff capabilities. She was the first woman to lead the agency.

A technogeek who has been widely recognized for her leadership in innovation and technology development, Regina has spoken at events ranging from All Things Digital, FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Summit, and the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, to TED where her 2012 talk was one of the top 10 trending Twitter topics worldwide. She has been named “Most Influential Women in Wireless 2013” by FierceWireless, The Verge 50, Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business 1000,” and CNN’s “Top 10 Thinkers.” In October 2013, Regina co-authored the Harvard Business Review cover article, “Special Forces Innovation.”

Regina obtained her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Virginia Tech. In 2013, she was inducted into the Virginia Tech College of Engineering’s Academy of Engineering Excellence. Regina is the sole inventor or co-inventor on several patents and a member of the Board of Directors of Varian Medical Systems, Inc.

Social Media:

Google+ community – Google ATAP

Select Publications:

Wired

Fast Company

Scientific American

All Things D

Business Management Daily

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Mary Fisher

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Mary Fisher did not wait for change; she became it. In the darkest days of the American AIDS epidemic, she showed millions a “new face of AIDS.” Through her speeches, books, painting, quilts and ethical jewelry, she’s called powerful audiences around the world to protect the powerless. She’s helped build clinics, schools, and sustainable social enterprises enabling vulnerable women to realize their dreams. Co-founder of “100 Good Deeds,” she’s now inspiring a movement to change the world as she has: one person, one deed at a time.


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Kylie Morgan is 14 and in 8th grade in Charlotte, NC.  She is a straight “A” student and swims 6 days a week, hoping to someday swim in the Olympics. When Kylie was 12 she played a game with her Dad called “100 Good Deeds,” a game to selflessly do good for others.  It sparked an idea about using some beads to keep count, which ignited Mary Fisher’s 100 Good Deeds Bracelet, which has become a vehicle to empower vulnerable women worldwide.  Seeing the struggle for some of her classmates to meet their community service requirements back home, Kylie petitioned her PTA to allow her and her brother Bryan to start a community service club at her school– The 100 Good Deeds Club– in which she and her classmates identify issues in their own community, come up with ideas and solutions to help and go out and make it happen.

Kylie is the older sister of 3 brothers and loves sushi, school, swimming and good books.

Social Media:

Twitter @maryfisherart
Facebook – Mary Fisher
Websites – www.maryfisher.com and www.100gooddeeds.org

Select Publications:

Today

The New York Times

AARP Blog

Uppercase Magazine

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Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

 

GoldieBlox

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Debbie Sterling is an engineer and founder of GoldieBlox, a toy company out to inspire the next generation of female engineers. She has made it her mission in life to tackle the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math. GoldieBlox is a book series + construction set that engages kids to build through the story of Goldie, the girl inventor who solves problems by building simple machines. Debbie writes and illustrates Goldie’s stories, taking inspiration from her grandmother, one of the first female cartoonists and creator of “Mr. Magoo.” Her company, launched in 2012, raised over $285,000 in 30 days through Kickstarter, and has been featured in numerous publications such as The Atlantic and Forbes.

Debbie’s inspiration to create a mission-driven company came in 2008, when she spent 6 months volunteering at a grassroots nonprofit in rural India. She created a viral fundraising campaign, raising over $30,000 for economic and educational development in the region. This experience helped pave the way to finding her true passion: inspiring the next generation of female engineers.

Social Media:

Twitter – @goldieblox
Facebook – GoldieBlox
Website – www.goldieblox.com

Select Publications:

International Business Times

Fast Company

Oakland Local

Upstart Business Journal

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IdeaPaint

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IdeaPaint, headquartered in Boston, MA, exists for one simple reason, to fundamentally improve the way people work and work together. IdeaPaint makes a high performance dry erase paint that transforms any surface into a boundless writable dry erase canvas that becomes a catalyst for better results; through encouraging collaboration, enhancing creativity and increasing engagement.

Accepting on behalf of IdeaPaint is Jeff Avallon, VP of Corporate Development and Customer Experience.

Jeff has had a lifelong passion for start-ups and people who believe they can change the world through ideas, energy and action.

Jeff started his first business – the Water Dog Lobster Company – a lobster fishing and wholesaling operation, when he was 12 years old with his younger brother Greg.  This gave him an early platform to try, fail, succeed and try again at numerous different endeavors; which he credits as the best learning experiences in the life and is why the company still exists to this day.

He was employee #2 at IdeaPaint, creators of the high-performance dry erase paint category, and is currently the longest standing team member serving as VP of Corporate Development & Customer Experience. In this capacity, Jeff planned, managed, and drove the launch of IdeaPaint as a company in 2008, was a key driver in everything from fundraising efforts, business and strategic planning, and developing key partnerships to push IdeaPaint further into the mass market.  Currently Jeff drives IdeaPaint’s culture, vision, strategy and major development activities; as well as being a large voice of the brand.

In 2009, BusinessWeek named IdeaPaint one of “America’s Most Promising Start-Ups” and Jeff one of “America’s Best Young Entrepreneurs.”  Jeff was also honored by Inc. as one of “America’s Coolest Young Entrepreneurs” with a spot on the magazine’s annual “30 Under 30” round-up.

Jeff holds a B.S. in finance from Babson College and traveled the world with Semester At Sea in the fall of 2004.

Social Media:

Twitter @IdeaPaintJeff
Facebook – IdeaPaint
Websites – www.ideapaint.com

Select Publications:

Reuters

Business Wire

Gigaom Research

The Wall Street Journal

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Kevin Kelley – Pareto Prize

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Kevin Kelley, the head football coach and athletic director at Pulaski Academy High School in Little Rock, Arkansas has radically changed the thinking about “go for it” backed by statistical analysis. Kelley has been head football coach since 2003, adding the athletic directors role in January of 2007. Kelley has led his team to three state championships in the last 11 years by rarely ever giving up the ball on fourth down. Now known as the “the coach who never punts,” Kelley has transformed conventional thinking about football strategy.

His coaching record and accomplishments include a 125-23-1 record as head coach and multiple Coach of the Year honors. During his coaching, Pulaski Academy has made the quarterfinals of the state playoffs all 11 times, the semifinals 8 times, the championship game 5 times, and won 3 state championships, the latest being in 2011. In the state championship years of 2008 and 2011 the team punted a total of 1 time.

Kelley has appeared on Fox Business News, National Geographic‘s Brain Games, NFL Films, HBO Real Sports, ESPN and ESPN.com as well as many national radio shows and many national publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and Sports Illustrated. Kelley has also spoken at several major companies including Acxiom and Adidas.

Kelley is the first person in his family to graduate college. Kelley loves to win and read things outside the world of football that will help him win even more.

Social Media:

Twitter @coachkelley1
Website – Pulaski Academy Bruin Athletics

Select Publications:

Grantland

ESPN

Sports Illustrated

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Lindon Leader

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Over a thirty-year career in corporate identity Lindon has developed branding programs for FedEx, CIGNA, Avery Dennison, Hawaiian Airlines and Ryder Systems, among many others. Lindon has earned significant recognition worldwide, testimony to the merit of his two-word design philosophy: clarity and simplicity.  His work has appeared in numerous publications and his FedEx logo was cited in the May 2003 Rolling Stone magazine twenty-fifth anniversary issue as one of the eight best American identities of the preceding twenty-five years. Lindon’s comprehensive strategic branding and identity program for São Paulo’s Banco Bradesco has assisted the bank in earning recognition in 2014 as one of the top ten most valuable brands in all of Latin America. Since 2001, Lindon has built a successful strategic design consultancy, Leader Creative, in Park City, Utah where he continues to serve the branding needs of clients around the world.

Website – www.leadercreative.com

Select Publications:

Fast Company

CreativeBloq

Logo Designer Blog

About.com

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Roya Mahboob

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Roya Mahboob is an Afghan entrepreneur and businesswoman focused on building #DigitalLiteracy for women and children in developing countries. Roya is the Founder and CEO of Afghan Citadel Software Company (ACSC), which is based in Afghanistan, and she is a Founder of WomensAnnex.com which serves the emerging markets of Central Asia. Roya founded ACSC with the intention to facilitate more jobs for recent graduates, especially girls, and help them find opportunities in the new IT markets of Central Asia. Roya’s personal goal for #Digital Literacy is to bridge the gap between developed and developing countries by offering practical online skills in her new platform for women and children in developing countries.

Roya Mahboob is also a Board Member of the Women’s Annex Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on #DigitalLiteracy, and sits on the Advisory Board of Jelly HQ and the Global Thinkers Forum. Roya was named to TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2013 for her work in building internet classrooms in high schools in Afghanistan. The TIME 100 essay was written by Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg who is also the author of “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead”.

Roya received her Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from Herat University and studied Information Technology at the World Wide Science Academy in Malaysia. Ms. Mahboob worked as IT Coordinator at Herat University from 2007 to 2010 and funded the Afghan Development Program Organization (AYDPO) in 2008. She was also a project coordinator in the IT department of the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education.”

Social Media:

Twitter @RoyaMahboob

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WebsitesWomen’s Annex, Film Annex

Select Publications:

TIME

Politico

Inc.

The Daily Beast

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Roya Mahboob speaking at the TDIA 2014 Breakout Panel, “Disrupting Terrorism”

 

 

Menurkey

Asher Weintraub

On November 28, 2013, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving overlapped for the first time in over a century, an event that will not happen again until the year 79811.  Inspired by this convergence, 10-year-old New York City resident Asher Weintraub conceived of the Menurkey™, a menorah shaped like a turkey.  Along with naming the Menurkey™ and designing its logo, Asher used Tinkercad to create the first prototype, then urged his parents to launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise funding for its production.  Quickly becoming an internet  phenomenon, the Menurkey™ raised twice its campaign goal and was manufactured in both plaster and ceramic and sold in stores nationwide. Featured in multiple news outlets, the Menurkey™ came to define the hybrid holiday, inspiring an invite from the White House and a thank you to Asher from President Obama for his ‘creativity and resourcefulness.’  Following Asher’s mandate, a percentage of Menurkey proceeds were donated to charity. The Menurkey created a new dialogue around the spirituality of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving and brought joy to countless Thanksgivukkah tables around the country.

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Social Media:

Twitter – @menurkey
Facebook – Menurkey
Website – www.menurkey.com

Select Publications:

ABC News

The Huffington Post

Yahoo - featuring  President Barack Obama

Upstart

Tablet Magazine

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Jon Oringer

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Jon Oringer is the founder and CEO of Shutterstock Inc. (NYSE:SSTK), the world’s leading provider of commercial stock videos, photos and illustrations. As a dynamic, two-sided creative marketplace, Shutterstock currently has 40,000 contributing artists providing 30 million images to 750,000 customers around the world. The company recently surpassed 350 million paid image downloads and maintains offices in several cities around the world, including New York, Berlin, San Francisco and London. With over 40,000 artists in 100 countries, and 30 million photos, illustrations and video clips, Shutterstock has become the leading resource for licensable stock imagery worldwide. Jon founded the company a decade ago in his New York City apartment, and has since licensed 350 million images, taken Shutterstock public on the New York Stock Exchange, and disrupted an entire industry by offering a new model for affordable rights-cleared media. With more than a million HD video clips, Shutterstock now counts some of the largest production houses, film studios and ad agencies among its 750,000 customers.

Social Media:

Twitter @jonoringer
Facebook – Shutterstock
Websites – www.jonoringer.com & www.shutterstock.com

 Select Publications:

Forbes

The Economist

Entrepreneur

Fast Company

Techonomy

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Inc.com Video: Jon Oringer in conversation with Scott Gerber