As a startup founder, some days it feels as though the business planning, product conceptualization, strategy are all starting to take shape in some kind of meaningful way — crisp language with a vision that has cleared past the looming fog. The tightly held grasps on previously held convictions about the ‘way it has to be’ have relinquished, an opening up to newer, better possibilities. …


When business as usual evolves into a timeless narrative of the antelope returning every year to the same watering hole — the inevitable tale of one of two outcomes: It eventually dries up or they fall prey to predators.

In an era defined as one of increased complexity translating to increases risk in addition to threats and erosion of trust: Climate disasters, proxy threats-geopolitical instability, pollution compromising water safety and air quality, projected scarcity, and transporting.

The World Economic Forum on The Biggest Risks Facing our World

Carbon Brief published a report in 2017, which is now an annual publication…


Ask Deeper Questions. Involve People. Explore the Data. Simplify.

If Web 2.0 taught valuable lessons, they were that despite the obvious benefits of widespread, deep penetration of mobile and social network communications and collaborations, there were also unintended consequences. The UK’s legislation over GDPR requiring any entity that gathers and collects user data of its citizens be held legally accountable to protect it, is a strong indicator regarding concerns over privacy and trust in the digital sphere. …


There is so much discussion emphasizing successes and failures, the need for failure in the start-up phase, and the lessons derived in order to achieve later successes. However, in this assessment if we were to instead embrace the viewpoint that neither is a permanent condition, what can we learn from those who continuously thrive despite missteps or set-backs in the process?

Have you ever woken up with ideas percolating over coffee — adhering to a disciplined approach to rituals, squeezing in the workout, catching up on the news, arriving early to get a jump start on the day, only to…


It is difficult to tune into any media without reference to climate related disasters, and the urgency to innovate in areas such as clean energy and smart cities — an emphasis on the optimization of everything from food and water availability, quality, and safety, traffic and transit efficiencies, buildings and everything that comprises and connects them, as well as the micro moment-by-moment incidents that amount to massive impact. …


Three major trends that will have the greatest impact on industries will be achieved through new models:

  1. Unlocking the value of an API economy — including the delivery of microservices. A Year in Review — if 2017 was the Year of the API economy, how well positioned are you to reap the benefits?

2. The ability to establish trust and grow partner ecosystems through Blockchains. The Hyperledger Project will serve as a powerful foundation and catalyst to the rapid expansion of Blockchain development.

3. Cognitive Solutions — Bringing massive speed and scale along with deeper insights will create salience and…


From one of the worst hurricane seasons on record to the rapid acceleration of emerging technologies — a future 5G economy fueled by AI. Wrapping up the year on the brink as the U.S. government closure looms on in the backdrop of Christmas Eve.

This year, perhaps more than any other in our lifetime, things do not seem like business as usual. So, what’s new?

  1. During 2017, the U.S. experienced a historic year of weather and climate disasters with 16 separate billion-dollar disaster events including: three tropical cyclones, eight severe storms, two inland floods, a crop freeze, drought and wildfire…

The dawn of widespread usage of Artificial Intelligence and a race for implementing it into every facet of life, and not just business applications, is no longer a theory, science fiction, or conference room discussions; It’s here, and we’re standing on the precipice.

Yet, most of the conversations seem reserved to scientific research communities like biotechnology, space exploration, industries, and other advanced cyber disciplines — things that seem distanced to most people and their daily lives. …


Advanced Automation and The Onset of Artificial Intelligence: What Does it Mean for the Future of Work

Every great scientific or technological endeavor begins with a question. Often, it’s asking if there is a better way of doing something.

And, then the more pertinent question — the why.

As the dawn of AI moves beyond the early stage to an era researchers are referring to as ‘science faction’, the news that cognitive computing capacity has far superseded that of human ability is not new news. When the landmark chess victory of Deep Blue happened over 20 years ago, it sent…


As a career transitional who spent the better part of fifteen years in sales and business development, and moved into the startup world focused on digital products, the insights gleaned about the re-imagining of digital projects is not only a unique personal experience, but indicative of the market as a whole.

Previously, there was a delineation between digital products and tangible ones such as consumer packaged goods. But today, as mobile has not only extended the reach, but the interactions and engagement with consumers, these have morphed such that digital touches everything.

The entire tech industry is adopting a holistic…

Sara Johnson

Startup Founder. Author. Explorer. Strategy. Products. Innovation. #mHealth #CleanTech #Futurism Contributing Author. Curator. Occasional Rabble-Rouser.

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