Friday, April 11, 2014

Dancing Giants: At Intuit, ideas for new products can come from anywhere

Read my interview with PandoDaily about how Intuit is rewarding employees for thinking and acting like entrepreneurs.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Beware of the HIPPOs

Read my article on the Intuit Network about avoiding hippos in the savannah...and at work!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Horizon Planning at Intuit

Read my article on the Intuit Network describing Intuit's Horizon Planning Principles.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Don't Let Your Product Become a Men's Restroom!

Read my article on the Intuit Network making a case for maintaining quality as your successful product matures.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Lean Leadership Lessons

Intuit CEO Brad Smith, General Counsel Laura Fennell and I spoke at the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco to share lessons we've learned applying lean startup principles at Intuit (see the video below).

To learn  more about the Minimum Viable Products Intuit employees are launching, visit Intuit Labs. Also visit Innovation at Intuit to learn more about our culture of innovation.  Finally, check out SparkRent, one of our graduate applications we're very proud of.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Bionic University Launch

I had the pleasure this week of traveling to Ukraine to attend the launch of Bionic University.  "BIONIC University is an open corporate university focused on tech education, soft skills and entrepreneurship education in Ukraine, serving as a social escalator for young talents and as a source of qualified workforce for the IT industry." 

The university is part of a larger project, the Bionic Hill Innovation Park, which will combine the university, commercial and residential space to create an IT hub to help spur growth of the IT sector in Ukraine (Ukraine is one of the top producers of engineering university graduates in the world).  The first buildings of the Innovation Park will open in 2015.

See news footage from the launch event.  Below are photos from launch day (Friday September 27th):

Meeting Volodymyr Semynozhenko, Chair of the Parliament Committee on Sciences and Technology.

Outside the cabinet offices with (L-R): Roman Popadiuk (First US Ambassador to the Ukraine and Principal at Bingham McCutchen), Gabriel Baldinucci (Chief Strategy Officer, Singularity Labs), Ilja Gruen (Managing Partner, Silicon Valley Innovation Center), yours truly, and Victor Galasiuk (First VP of BIONIC Hill Innovation Park)

Meeting at the office of Olexander Popov, the Head of Kyiv City State Administration.

Speaking at at the City State Administration.

At the launch ceremony (L-R): Dimitri Podoliev (Managing Partner, iHub Incubator), Ilja Gruen, Volodymyr Semynozhenko, Gabriel Baldinucci, and yours truly.

The ceremonial opening of the university as Vice Prime Minister Kostiantyn Gryshchenko cuts the ribbon.

At the press conference after the launch ceremony (L-R): Dmitry Shymkiv (GM, Microsoft Ukraine), Iwona Dmochowska (Education Services Manager, Hewlett-Packard Poland), Victor Galasiuk, Gabriel Baldinucci, yours truly, and our moderator Pavlo Sheremeta (President of the Kiev School of Economics).
My name is cyrillic! 
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Clinton Global Initiative Hult Prize Dinner

I had the pleasure of attending the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Hult Prize Dinner in New York by invitation of the Hult International Business School.  The Hult San Francisco team created Pulse which was one of six finalists (out of over 150 entrants from business schools around the globe) competing for the $1 million prize.  Pulse will be working with Intuit's txtWeb platform.

The winner this year was Aspire, created by students from McGill University in Canada.

Here are photos from the event:

The Pulse team rehearses on stage.

Yours truly.

Pulse team members Charles Ojei and Saul Minkoff with Bill O'Connor.

Pulse team members Niketa Malhotra and Charles Ojei.

President Clinton announces the winner.

Yours truly with Hult professors Mike Grandinetti and Larry Louie.
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