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Techonomy 2015: Human Values in An Age of Tech

The transition to a technologized and interconnected society is challenging for everyone, everywhere. As we gain new efficiencies and capabilities, we still need to keep amity and constructive human interaction as our supreme priority. But it's not easy. That's why we call the upcoming Techonomy 2015 conference "Re-Humanizing Society." The opening session on Sunday November 8 is "Human Values in a Technologized Age." Joining the conversation in Half Moon Bay, California: Benioff, Chambers, Lanier, Parker, Prabhakar, and Pritzker.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Techonomy Events

Marc Benioff and Gates Foundation’s Desmond-Hellmann Agree: Digital Health So Far Is Pitiful

For an onstage conversation at Techonomy Bio 2015 about how science is advancing human progress around the world and where the greatest challenges still remain, Susan Desmond-Hellmann and Marc Benioff might seem an unlikely pair. She’s an oncologist accomplished in biotech, academia, and, now, the nonprofit sector as CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Benioff is chairman of the customer relationship management software company Salesforce.com. But, as the two agreed here on Wednesday, more crossover between his sector—information technology—and hers—healthcare—are exactly what’s needed for great leaps forward in life sciences.   More

Business Keen On Startup Culture

KeenON: SAP’s Bill McDermott Seeks Startup Mentality in the Corner Office

As the CEO of the business software giant SAP, Bill McDermott is self-evidently a winner. But it wasn’t also that way. Born into a humble Long Island family, McDermott is a self-made man whose journey from corner store to corner office is chronicled in his new book "Winners Dream." So is that journey from underdog to top dog still possible in today’s world? Yes, McDermott says.   More

Techonomy Events

A Conversation with Marc Benioff

Techonomy's David Kirkpatrick sits down for spirited conversation with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff in the final session of the Techonomy 2014 conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif.   More

Techonomy Events

The Conference Paradox: In-Person Matters When You Live on the Edge

Technology has advanced so much that we can now buy ice cream, deposit checks, chat with friends, find and apply for jobs, and share pictures of cats—all from our phones. We have Skype. We have social networking. And more people than ever are making use of virtual social platforms to connect and stay connected with others, educate themselves, learn skills, conduct meetings, and do business. And yet participants flock to noteworthy hotspots like Aspen, La Jolla, and San Francisco for thousands of conferences, roundtables, tradeshows, and exhibitions. Why do we still need physical presence if it's an increasingly virtual world?   More

Cities Startup Culture

Why I Love Detroit for Launching a Startup

By the time my company LevelEleven launched last fall after being incubated within Pleasant Ridge’s ePrize, I had already planned our business strategy and next steps. And it never crossed my mind to move out of Detroit to build LevelEleven in a more obvious startup market. Why? In part, because this is home. But Detroit also has many characteristics that make it a great place to launch a technology startup. There’s a lot of noise about entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and New York. But listen closely and you can hear a new buzz coming out of the Motor City.   More

Business Jobs

How Web Tools Are Redefining Employment

How work evolves in the age of the Net is a crucial question for every country, not least the U.S. The easily assembled palette of services that is evolving from suppliers like Amazon, Facebook, Salesforce, and many others gives companies and employees a new ability to employ tech quickly for business advantage. Cloud, mobile, social, and analytics can be mixed and matched increasingly by anyone. Joe McKendrick of Forbes has a thoughtful take on some of the implications for employment.   More