Does Change & Innovation Happen by Design or Accident? A panel discussion with Dave Blakely, Jonanthan Heiliger, and Michael Moon.
Dave Blakely leads the Technology Strategy practice at IDEO, which explores the business opportunities created when emerging technologies are linked with customer needs. As a Senior Director based in Palo Alto, Dave manages various strategic business relationships and advises executives of technology-focused companies. Much of his advisory work involves helping IDEO clients — from Silicon Valley executives to NASA officials — build cultures of innovation and develop products and services to maintain market leadership.
Dave also conducts innovation workshops, speaks to academic and business groups, and serves on several advisory boards. He is particularly proud to serve on the board of University of California, Berkeley’s College of Engineering, where he assists his alma mater in adjusting its engineering curriculum to the needs of a rapidly changing global economy, and as a faculty adviser at Singularity University, a new academic institution that strives to educate and inspire people how to develop technologies to address broad challenges to humanity.
Dave earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics and a master’s in mechanical engineering with a controls specialization from UC Berkeley. In his free time, he tries to keep up with his two teenage sons.
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Jonathan joins North Bridge Venture Partners from Facebook, where he was VP of Technical Operations from 2007 until 2011, as Facebook grew from 35 million users to over 800 million. Heiliger brings to North Bridge his passion for creating and scaling solution-focused technology companies as an active advisor, investor or executive. Jonathan will focus on identifying companies that are attempting to solve problems of significant scale and scope and is based in California.
At Facebook, Jonathan oversaw global infrastructure, site architecture and internal systems. Prior to Facebook, Jonathan held executive technical operations roles at Walmart and Danger (acquired by Microsoft). He also spent several years as Chief Operating Officer for Loudcloud (which became Opsware and was later acquired by HP). Earlier in his career, Jonathan co-founded and was the CTO of Frontier GlobalCenter, and later founded Global Crossing’s corporate venture capital group.
Jonathan’s investment portfolio encompasses more than 30 companies, including Cotendo, Last.fm (acquired by CBS), Sonus Networks, SpringTide (acquired by Lucent), Talaria, Tango and Qumranet (acquired by RedHat).
Jonathan currently serves on the board of directors of DuPont Fabros, Jive Software and Webmonsters, and advises a select group of early-stage technology companies that include Box.net, Cloudera, Redwood Systems and Square.
Michael Moon is Director of The Moon Agency. He knows how to tell a story. Iconic brands like Disney, Microsoft, Nestle, Chevron, Intel, Google and Humana, to name a few, have called on Michael to help develop compelling brand narratives. He has also worked with the United Nations/International Peace Institute, formerly the International Peace Academy, to modernize their presence through telling their story.