What I Am Exploring for SIG Events in 2016

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What I Am Exploring for SIG Events in 2016

This blog post discusses some of the main event topics I am considering for the Special Interest Group on Entrepreneurship and Learning in 2016. You have a chance to comment and give me your feedback and perhaps suggest other topics I should consider.

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Path to Success: Role of Funding, Revenue, Time to Market:   A Nordic to US Comparative

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Path to Success: Role of Funding, Revenue, Time to Market: A Nordic to US Comparative

by Jennifer Vessels

Successful global growth of ICT, Medtech, green tech/sustainability and consumer product innovations (as a result of great creative minds, research, academia and public support) can be the future for the Nordic economies (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Norway).

However, sustainable growth requires more than a product idea.  It demands skillful commercialization to drive customer adoption and revenue generation. Funding ultimately comes from profitability but during the ‘startup period’, investment is needed to build the solution and acquire initial customers.  The source of the funding, process for attainment of customer commitments and time to market is often quite different for Nordic compared to US companies and entrepreneurs.

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The Future of Corporate Learning: Towards a Learner-Driven Model

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The Future of Corporate Learning: Towards a Learner-Driven Model

My last blog post on corporate learning focused mostly on some emerging developments, illustrated by examples of what Udacity, Microsoft and Northeastern University have been doing recently.

 In this blog post I will argue that we are entering a new era of corporate learning—one where learning and skills/competences acquisition will be more learner/worker- and demand-driven (“pull model”) rather than the more traditional approach (“push model”). The corollary of this type of development is that learning, even in corporate/work environments, will be most effective when it is more like the informal learning that has always accounted for most of the learning that adults engage in.

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Perspectives on the Future of Corporate Learning

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Perspectives on the Future of Corporate Learning

Much has been written in recent years in the popular media about how technology may contribute to the disruption of education, both K12 and higher education. Much less has been said about another area of education and learning: The workplace. Companies are spending billions of dollars on corporate education, learning and training, yet much of it is not cost-efficient or meeting the needs either of workers or of companies. This blog post examines some interesting recent developments on the corporate learning front, and raising questions about whether the type of examples described will become much more common in the future, as technology in particular enables new, more flexible and cost-effective learning solutions in the workplace of the future.

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The New Transportation Ecosystem and The Role of Silicon Valley

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The New Transportation Ecosystem and The Role of Silicon Valley

by Eilif Trondsen

If you have been reading the last three of my blog posts—all focused on Silicon Valley Innovation Outposts (SVIOs)—you know that many of these SVIOs are focused on the automotive industry, and there is no doubt that Silicon Valley already is playing a major role in helping shape the future of the automotive industry. In this post I want to build on but extend my previous analysis, both by making references to some excellent analysis of others (especially Evangelos Simoudis of Trident Capital), and by commenting on some other interesting, recent developments. Finally, I want to suggest that we look beyond automobiles to transportation more generally, as drones and other technologies will likely have growing impact on many different parts of the future transportation industry.

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Silicon Valley Innovation Outposts: Update

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Silicon Valley Innovation Outposts: Update

by Eilif Trondsen

Since new Silicon Valley Innovation Outposts (SVIOs) will likely appear in Silicon Valley from time to time, while some existing SVIOs will either be closed down or change in form or function (to better meet the parent company’s (new) goals and align with current strategies), my plan has been, and continues to be, to write updates when I have seen enough interesting changes in the SVIO landscape to warrant an update. I therefore expect this update to be only the first in a series of similar pieces that I will write now and then, depending on what I see happening around here....

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Innovation Outposts: A Growing Element in Silicon Valley’s Dynamic Innovation Ecosystem

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Innovation Outposts: A Growing Element in Silicon Valley’s Dynamic Innovation Ecosystem

by Eilif Trondsen

The article defines, describes and analyzes innovation outposts that large companies have set up in Silicon Valley--and provides the context for these outposts by describing some of the unique characteristics of Silicon Valley. Large companies have set up these outposts in order to take advantage of the dynamic innovation ecosystem that has built up over decades in this unique region. The article also provides mini-case study summaries of 25 innovation outposts in Silicon Valley. 

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CHARLOTTE DANIELSSON HAS JOINED SILICON VIKINGS AS OUR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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CHARLOTTE DANIELSSON HAS JOINED SILICON VIKINGS AS OUR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Silicon Vikings is proud to announce Charlotte Danielsson as our new Executive Director.  Charlotte has a Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School and has a Bachelor’s in Political Science & Economics from UC Berkeley, where she graduated with honors in the major and Distinction in General Scholarship from the university.  She has practiced business and immigration law since 1998 and we know that her vast experience helping foreign companies establish themselves in the US will be of benefit to the Silicon Vikings network.

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Finnish Digital Health Startups Pitching Event

        On September 23rd, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, the Silicon Vikings partnered with the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation Tekes and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra to gather a group of expert panelists and ten Finnish startups. The panelists included: Dr. David Lindeman, Director of Health Care for CITRIS; Bill Reichert, Managing Director at Garage Technology Ventures; and Kyle Kling, Vice President of Business Development at Fenox Venture Capital. Each Finnish startup delivered their pitch to the panel and then received feedback and questions about their product and business model.....

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The Silicon Vikings Present: Nordic Pitch Night & Fireside Chat with David Helgason, CEO and Co-Founder of Unity – September 11, 2014

At the Silicon Vikings event on September 11,  David Helgason, CEO and Co-Founder of Unity, recounted his entrepreneurial journey in an intimate “fireside chat.” The evening’s discussion was hosted by a fellow Nordic entrepreneur, Henrik Bennetsen of Innovation Center Denmark. The venue, StartupHouse, reflected the event’s entrepreneurial theme. StartupHouse is a shared-desk workspace and dormitory for entrepreneurs, early stage startups and their teams. After Helgason’s informal but candid interview, over 15 startups from around the world delivered one-minute pitches to the audience. Attendees had ample time for networking and the opportunity to chat with Helgason and the many startup company founders, all while enjoying complementary beer, wine and appetizers....

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Nordic Pitch Night with Mikkel Svane

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Nordic Pitch Night with Mikkel Svane

On the evening of June 12th, Silicon Vikings co-organized the "Nordic Pitch Night with Mikkel Svane" together with SCALEit and Innovation Center Denmark. Mikkel Svane, CEO & Co-Founder of Zendesk, recounted his entrepreneurial journey in an intimate “fireside chat.” Afterwards, in the entrepreneurial spirit, 12 Nordic startup companies presented one minute “elevator pitches” to the audience. Attendees had ample time for networking and the opportunity to chat with Mr. Svane, all while enjoying complementary beer, wine and appetizers. 

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Nordic Startup Journeys: Challenges and Opportunities

The latest Silicon Viking event explored the topic of “Nordic Startup Journeys: Challenges and Opportunities” and was held at Babson College, one of the top ranked business schools for entrepreneurship in the world. The event featured a panel of Nordic CEOs, founders and advisors, including: Erik Harrell; David Helgason; Ari Tulla; Emil Eifrem and Lars Johansson. Jennifer Vessels, CEO of Next Step Growth, moderated the evening’s discussion. Attendees had ample time for networking and were able to ask questions in an extensive Q&A session. 

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Summary of Current Trends in Entrepreneurial Finance

Current Trends in Entrepreneurial Finance – May 1st 2014 – Silicon Vikings and Babson College The latest Silicon Valley Viking event focused on current trends in entrepreneurial finance and was appropriately set at Babson College, one of the top ranked business schools for entrepreneurship in the world. The three expert panelists, Jacob Donnelly, Jon Thomas and Lili Balfour, came from a variety of financial backgrounds. Attendees had ample time for networking and were able to ask questions in an extensive Q&A session. 

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Norwegian MOOC Commission Report: Time for MOOCs

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Norwegian MOOC Commission Report: Time for MOOCs

This posting summarizes some of the content of the report that the Norwegian Commission appointed by the Norwegian government in mid-2013 to examine “the MOOC phenomenon” and what this might mean for Norway. I also provide some of my own comments throughout the posting. The Commission report, so far only available in Norwegian (but an English version may come at some point, I have been told), is the first of two reports as the Commission will issue a final report this summer, apparently with more detailed recommendations for Norwegian policy makers. 

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Chess, STEM, and Norwegian World Champion Magnus Carlsen

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Chess, STEM, and Norwegian World Champion Magnus Carlsen

This blog post discusses some issues addressed by the Norwegian World Champion Chess Player Magnus Carlsen in a lunch meeting here in Silicon Valley today. I was intrigued both by the connections between chess, STEM and entrepreneurship and I also comment on some of the things I found most interesting in the Q&A session with Magnus. 

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