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IBM Entrepreneur Huddle

Friday, 7 Feb 2014

Think IBM Entrepreneur Week ended after SmartCamp Finals? Think again! Watch the replay of the IBM Entrepreneur Huddle, the first in a quarterly series of one-hour webcasts about the evolving state of business. This episode highlighted key insights from IBM Entrepreneur Week, which featured these industry leaders:

Don’t miss your chance to take a deeper look into IBM Entrepreneur Week’s three primary themes:


The Collaborative Economy

Crowd Companies’ Chief Catalyst, Jeremiah Owyang, shared his views on how the economics of business have changed. He explained why he refers to this as The Collaborative Economy, and how it offers exciting opportunities for corporations and startups alike. Find out how entrepreneurs all over the world are erasing the soft boundaries of geography, industry and methodology, to work together and achieve greater innovation for their business and their customers.


The Revenue Model and Making Money

The collaborative economy has brought new players and new approaches to investing. Mike Brown, General Partner, Bowery Capital, and Jeanne Sullivan, General Partner, StarVest Partners, discussed what companies need to think about in terms of their revenue model. They also highlighted the shared role startups and corporations hold in realizing the full potential of the new economy.


Taking it to the Next Level in a Collaborative Economy

Take it to the next level…from one who knows. Zia Yusuf, CEO of Streetline, was named the IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010. He shared how he has grown his business in the last four years, and the ways the data-driven collaborative economy has impacted his strategies for success. Social media, cloud computing and mobile technologies have had an indelible impact on the way Streetline does business—learn how to apply these lessons to take your business to the next level.


Meet the speakers

Jeremiah Owyang
Chief Catalyst, Crowd Companies

Jeremiah is Chief Catalyst at Crowd Companies in San Francisco. He is also an advisor to Altimeter Group and former partner of four years at the firm. Jeremiah previously worked at Forrester Research as a Senior Analyst focused on Social Computing for the Interactive Marketer. Before that, he was an active pioneer of web technologies on the brand side, launching and managing Hitachi Data Systems’ Social Media programs in 2005-2007. He also served as the Intranet Architect at World Savings (now Wells Fargo) and was a user experience professional at Exodus Communications after receiving his Marketing bachelor’s degree at SFSU. He recently participated in the Innovation Roundtable at the Aspen Institute, a global think tank that shapes policy.

Jeanne Sullivan
General Partner, StarVest Partners

Jeanne has more than 20 years of private equity experience and has spent 28 years in the technology sector encompassing both extensive operating and investing experience with technology companies. She was recently cited by Forbes magazine as one of the "Women Changing the World" in her role as an influencer grooming the next generation of female VCs. Jeanne is a sought-after industry speaker on the subject of investing in and building technology companies and has served as an adjunct professor of marketing at the graduate level.

Mike Brown Jr
General Partner, Bowery Capital

Mike is the General Partner at Bowery Capital based in New York. Prior to Bowery Capital, Brown co-founded AOL Ventures and led investments in over 30 companies primarily focused around the next generation of CMO and CTO spend. Before AOL Ventures, Mike worked for the investment arm of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, helping to invest capital in early stage Internet startups on behalf of the British entrepreneur. He began his career at Morgan Stanley. Outside of his professional life, Brown serves on the Board of Directors of the National Forest Foundation and co-chairs the Columbia College Young Leaders Council. Mike holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University.

Zia Yusuf
CEO, Streetline

Zia is a seasoned senior technology executive with a track record of leading companies to success. He is currently CEO of Streetline Inc., the leading global provider of sensor-enabled Smart City solutions. Streetline was the 2010 IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year. Just prior to his role leading Streetline, Zia was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Sutter Hill Ventures and Norwest Venture Partners. He spent the last ten years at SAP AG where he was executive vice president and a member of SAP’s Executive Leadership Team. Zia has an MS in International Affairs from Georgetown University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA from Macalester College.


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