• SF Vault, San Francisco (map)
  • 415 Jackson Street, Suite B
  • San Francisco, CA 94111


In this event we will look more closely at how exponential technologies are resulting in a cycle of disruption transforming organizations and industries around the world. What are the precise mechanisms at work? Can industry disruption be systematized and made predictable? Post-Lean is a concerted attempt to connect many dots and provide a roadmap for systematic industry disruption.

Some of the issues/questions we may explore include the following:

  • What lies behind the technology disruption we are seeing everywhere?
  • How can executives and investors better detect disruption risks and opportunities?
  • How can leaders proactively develop strategies to exploit technology disruption?
  • Are new organizational structures needed in order to innovate faster?
  • What are the human resource implications of the emerging changes?How can corporate leaders acquire and retain the innovation talent needed to prepare for the new era?
  • How will career models change and (how) can corporations adapt to these changes?
  • What are the implications for organizational cultures and leaderships styles?

Frode Odegard, the founder of the Post-Lean Institute, will introduce new management thinking for the post-industrial transition we are going through, and discuss what this transition means for corporations, investors, careers and society as a whole. We will also hear from a distinguished panel of experts who will share their own insights from a variety of industry, regional and personal perspectives.

Panelists who will address a range of issues around disruption in practice include [see short bios below]:

  •  Frode Odegard, Founder, Post-Lean Institute
  • Hiroshi Saijo, CEO and Managing Director, Yamaha -- Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratories
  • Paul Campbell, VP Innovation/Head of Silicon Valley Innovation Center for WL Gore & Assoc
  • Stephen Ciesinski, President of SRI International.


  • Martin Giles, Martin Giles, Partner, Intellectual Capital, Wing Venture Capital, and former Silicon Valley correspondent for The Economist.


  • Networking with food and drinks
  • Post-Lean primer and context setting, 30 minute presentation by Frode Odegard
  • Panel discussion
  • Audience Q&A

Brief bios for panelists and moderator:


Frode Odegard — Frode is a serial entrepreneur and the Founder of the Post-Lean Institute, a research and advisory firm based in Silicon Valley. The Post-Lean Institute is developing a post-industrial management science (“Post-Lean”) and helps corporations and investors navigate, initiate and exploit technology disruption. Frode is a regular speaker on technology disruption to private equity, board directors, C-level executive and corporate governance audiences. Originally from Norway, Frode grew up in his father’s engineering lab and was doing circuit board assembly at eight and writing compilers by age 13. He founded a software company in high school before immigrating to Silicon Valley more than 25 years ago, where he set up his second company. Frode's interests expanded over time from theoretical computer science into organizational design. In 2004 he founded the Lean Systems Institute, which reinvented classical Lean for modern knowledge work. In 2012 he was given a Fellowship by the Lean Systems Society for this effort. In the last few years, Frode has been focusing on how humanity is transitioning to a post-industrial civilization and economy. Aside from technology and management science, Frode’s passions include history, philosophy, historical linguistics and above all Aikido.

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Hiroshi Saijo — Hiroshi “Hiro” Saijou is CEO and Managing Director at Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley (YMVSV), which exists to accelerate the efforts of teams driving disruptive change. Prior to founding YMVSV, Hiroshi was a Division Manager at Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA where he led exploratory efforts in Silicon Valley. He started his career at Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Iwata, Japan) where he worked for almost two decades on a broad array of surface mount technology and robotics efforts in addition to new business development efforts. Hiroshi enjoys exploring the California Bay Area, sometimes with his golf clubs. He speaks at conferences frequently on bold, ambitious, sometimes crazy corporate innovation. Hiroshi earned a software engineering degree from Kyushu University, one of Japan’s National Seven Universities.

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Paul Campbell — A serial intrapreneur, Paul is currently leading the Silicon Valley Innovation Center for WL Gore & Assoc. Well known for waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® fabric, the company’s portfolio includes everything from high-performance fabrics and implantable medical devices to industrial manufacturing components and aerospace electronics, Prior to joining WL Gore, Paul successfully built new businesses that generated billions in revenue for companies like Hewlett-Packard, Philips Electronics, Schneider Electric, and technology startups in Silicon Valley. These businesses created a stunning portfolio of award-winning products that enabled corporations to enter new markets, generate large new revenue streams and strengthen their images as innovation and design leaders. Thanks to Paul’s efforts these companies earned spots on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies List.  All total, Paul has helped companies earn a spot on the list in four of the ten years that Fast Company has published its Most Innovative Companies List. Paul is an advisor to the World Economic Forum, the European Commission and numerous accelerators/incubators around the globe. He lectures at bay area universities on the unique leadership and organizational approaches necessary for large companies to capture disruptive innovations that that lead to outsized growth and Fast Company recognition.

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Stephen Ciesinski Stephen ("Steve") is president of Silicon Valley-based SRI International (www.sri.com), one of the world’s leading independent R&D organizations, with annual revenues of approximately $500M. SRI’s innovations have led to new products, businesses and industries that impact people’s lives every day—from the computer mouse, interactive computing and Siri, to HDTV, medical ultrasound, drugs for cancer and infectious diseases, and many more. SRI spins out 6-10 new ventures every year, and works very closely with companies of all sizes to develop technology-based disruptive innovations. Previously, Steve held executive management positions with Applied Materials, the global manufacturer of semiconductor capital equipment; Octel Communications, the worldwide leader in voice-messaging products; Resumix, the inventor of Web-based personnel recruiting applications; and Laszlo Systems, a pioneer in Web 2.0 software. He started his career at Procter & Gamble, was a consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, and also served as a venture partner with Earlybird Ventures. Steve is also a faculty member at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He’s created and teaches courses on entrepreneurship in developing economies, and also lectures in the executive education programs.

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Martin Giles Martin Giles is a partner at Wing Venture Capital, a Silicon Valley venture firm focused on early-stage investment in business technology companies. He works with his colleagues to develop deep and actionable insights in core areas of interest to Wing and its portfolio companies. Prior to Wing, Martin was a correspondent with The Economist Newspaper and led the paper’s coverage of Silicon Valley. During his 26-year career with The Economist, he also spent a decade as an operating executive running various global businesses for The Economist Group and acquiring and managing startups. During a distinguished career at The Economist, he wrote on issues that range from cybersecurity to the consumerization of business technology and the rise of the Internet of Things. He is a senior industry fellow at the University of California, Irvine's Center for Digital Transformation and a member of the World Economic Forum's Council on the Future of Electronics. He holds a masters degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and an executive MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth Graduate School of Business.