2013 Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Herman Gyr - “Once life has been disrupted, there is a unique opening, a moment to go for something special, to take another step towards achieving something beyond the ordinary.”

Herman Gyr works with businesses and leaders to transform potential crises into opportunities for reinvention. Whether it is the impact from changes in the global economy, technological advancements or shifts in customer or employee expectations, his interventions help create new possibilities for enterprises and those invested in them.

For over 25 years, Herman has been instrumental in redesigning a significant number of enterprises. His clients have included Apple Computer Inc, the BBC, Canyon Ranch, Delta Airlines, Johnson and Johnson, Kaiser Permanente, Lockheed Martin, Philips, Southern California Edison, Panera, Stanford University, Swisscom and Toyota, to name a few. From start-ups and family owned businesses to universities and multinational corporations, Herman coaches clients to shape moments of disruption into conditions for lasting success.

Herman is a popular speaker focusing on strategic thinking, innovation and business transformation in the digital era. He is the co-author of The Dynamic Enterprise: Tools for Turning Chaos into Strategy, and Strategy into Action.

What keeps him going? He says that he is animated by “identifying new signals, connecting seemingly unrelated threads, and finding possibilities from these connections that seemed quite unimaginable.”

Geoffrey Moore - Geoffrey Moore is an author, speaker and advisor as well as a venture partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV). Recognized as a leading business advisor, Geoffrey divides his time between consulting on strategy and transformation challenges with senior executives and on developing mental models to support his advisory practice. With this intent in mind he has written his newest book published by HarperCollins in September of 2011: Escape Velocity: Free Your Company’s Future from the Pull of the Past, the result of his years of experience working with large enterprises in his former role as a Managing Director at TCG Advisors. Recognized as well for his expertise in market development and business and investment strategies, as a Venture Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures he also serves as an advisor to MDV portfolio companies by drawing upon best practices derived from his extensive experience working with technology startups over the last two decades.

Geoffrey has made the understanding and effective exploitation of disruptive technologies the core of his life's work. His books, Crossing the Chasm, Inside the Tornado, The Gorilla Game, Living on the Fault Line and Dealing with Darwin are best sellers and required reading at leading business schools. Highly regarded as a dynamic public speaker, he integrates a speaking practice with his advisory work.

He is a founder of both The Chasm Group and TCG Advisors. Earlier in his career, he was a principal and partner at Regis McKenna, Inc., a leading high tech marketing strategy and communications company, and for the decade prior, a sales and marketing executive in the software industry. He holds a bachelor's degree in literature from Stanford University and a doctorate in literature from the University of Washington.

Jeff Thermond - “Working with passionate entrepreneurs to grow businesses with differentiated technologies is one of the reasons I enjoy being part of the XSeed ecosystem.”

Jeff Thermond is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at XSeed Capital and has been involved in Information Technology and computer networking for over 30 years, both in public and private companies. Prior to XSeed, Jeff was Chief Executive Officer of Woven Systems, a data center Ethernet start-up. Before that, Jeff served as Chief Executive Officer of Epigram, which he sold to Broadcom for $498M in 1999. He stayed with the firm for six years, leading their entry into the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cellular businesses – businesses with several hundred million dollars in revenues when he left, that are approaching $2B today.

In his previous role as Vice President and General Manager at 3Com, Jeff took the struggling Network System Division (formerly Bridge Communications, which was acquired by 3Com) from $60M of revenue and -20% Operating Income to nearly $400M in revenue and 40% Operating Income.

Jeff holds a BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Yale University and an MBA in Marketing from Indiana University. He currently sits on the Board of Directors at Lex Machina and Talari Networks.