Scott Amyx, Forbes Innovation Keynote Speaker

Scott Amyx Forbes Innovation Keynote Speaker

Managing Partner at Amyx Ventures, TEDx, Top Global Innovation Keynote Speaker, Forbes, Singularity University Smart City Accelerator, SXSW Pitch/Accelerator, IBM Futurist, Tribeca Disruptor Foundation Fellow, Sloan/Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Wiley Author, TechCrunch, Winner of Innovation Awards, Smart, Sustainable Cities, Renewable Energy

Out-of-the-Box Thinker | Forbes Innovation Keynote Speaker | Experiential, Interactive, Engaging

https://scottamyx.com/

Book Scott Amyx to learn how to systematically and consistently create profound innovation. Break through traditional thinking. Inspire and challenge your audience. Scott delivers actionable insights in an energizing, experiential and engaging manner that creates an environment for real learning and lasting change. His impactful keynote speeches are practical and applicable on the most pressing business challenges of today.

Scott received a standing ovation for his 2017 TEDx talk on Strive: How Doing the Things Most Uncomfortable Leads to Success.

He was voted Top 10 Global Innovation Keynote Speaker by Speaking.com and keynotes at major international conferences and Fortune 500 companies.

Scott is an expert in innovation that integrates exponential technologies and out-of-the-box thinking and methodologies to create breakthrough new innovations for organizations. In his most recent Forbes column, he discussed the use of crowdsourcing and AI with research-based analogical innovation that can systematically and consistently generate profoundly new-to-the-world innovations that have 10x growth potential.

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  • TEDx Speaker
  • Forbes New York Business Council Member
  • Singularity University/ Smart City Accelerator Mentor
  • SXSW Pitch/Accelerator VC Judge
  • IBM Futurist
  • Tribeca Disruptor Foundation Fellow
  • National Sloan Fellow/ Woodrow Wilson Fellow
  • Voted Top Influencer by Skyhook
  • Voted Top Rockstar by HP Enterprise
  • Voted Top Influencer by Inc. Magazine
  • Voted Top Global Expert by Postscapes
  • Voted Top Expert by Onalytica (2016, 2017)
  • Voted Top in the Business by Relayr (2016, 2017)
  • Voted Top Authority by the Internet of Things Institute
  • Featured as a Top Company by Postscapes
  • Voted Most Influential in Smart Cities and IIoT by Right Relevance
  • Winner of the Cloud & DevOps World Award for Most Innovative
  • Awarded 50 Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders by World CSR Congress

Scott Amyx is the Chair & Managing Partner at Amyx Ventures, Forbes New York Business Council Member, Singularity University/ Smart City Accelerator mentor and startup board member and SXSW Pitch (formerly SXSW Accelerator) judge. Scott is a Tribeca Disruptor Foundation Fellow, a disruptive innovation awards program of Tribeca Film Festival. Scott is a national Sloan Fellow/ Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He has spoken at TEDx on exponential technologies, Fourth Industrial Revolution & success. Scott is a global thought leader on breakthrough innovation, voted top global innovation keynote speaker, and author on smart cities, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and winner of the Cloud & DevOps World Award for Most Innovative and was voted Top Global Exponential Technologies Expert by Inc. Magazine, HP Enterprise, and Postscapes & Top 10 Global Innovation Keynote Speaker by Speaking.com. Scott has been nominated to the World Economic Forum as a committee member for the Future of the Internet. The Republic of Korea nominated Scott to present at the ITU Telecom World, United Nations. Sovereignties, governments, multinationals, and international consulting & research firms look to Scott for unrivaled insights and pulse on the changing landscape.

Scott was voted the Most Influential Leader in Smart Cities and awarded the 50 Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders by Inc. Magazine, Internet of Things Institute, HP Enterprise, World CSR Congress, and numerous institutions. Scott is enabling the realization of a global network of smart, sustainable cities through his partnerships with the United Nations, United Smart Cities, United for Smart Sustainable Cities, Smart Cities Council, and ASEAN Smart Cities Network, family offices, and institutional investors.

Scott has been featured on New York Times, TIME, Forbes, The Washington Post, WIRED, TechCrunch, Inc., Pew Research, Chicago Tribune, InformationWeek, Forrester, Gigaom, ReadWrite, Shots Magazine, Business News Daily, IBM Big Data & Analytics, Intel, Geektime, Examiner, TechBeacon, EE Times, IEEE, El País, Costco Magazine, and television and radio programs. He has spoken or scheduled to speak at TED, European Commission, World Economic Forum, ITU Telecom World (United Nations), International CES, SXSW, IBM Insight, IBM Amplify, IBM Watson IoT, IBM InterConnect, PTC LiveWorx, AMEX, SAP, CRM Evolution, THINK!, NED, Cloud Expo Europe, Cloud & DevOps World, KAIST, Samsung SDS, ArabNet Dubai & Riyadh, Internet Summit, JCK Las Vegas, Customer Service Experience, Razorfish Tech Summit, Location & Context World, Internet of Things World, K-Global Startup, and more. Scott is the co-author of Internet of Things and Data Analytics Handbook, an academic publication by John Wiley and Sons and The Advances in Information Security, Privacy, & Ethics (AISPE) Book Series: Managing Security Issues and the Hidden Dangers of Wearable Technologies, an academic publication by IGI Global.

Book Scott to learn how to systematically and consistently create profound innovation. Break through traditional thinking. Inspire and challenge your audience. Scott delivers actionable insights in an energizing, experiential and engaging manner that creates an environment for real learning and lasting change. His impactful keynote speeches are practical and applicable on the most pressing business challenges of today.

Scott is an expert in innovation that integrates exponential technologies and out-of-the-box thinking and methodologies to create breakthrough new innovations for organizations. In his most recent Forbes column, he discussed the use of crowdsourcing and AI with research-based analogical innovation that can systematically and consistently generate profoundly new-to-the-world innovations that have 10x growth potential.

Scott is the author of Strive: How Doing the Things Most Uncomfortable Leads to Success, which has been endorsed by Tony Robbins, Forbes, Singularity University, Tribeca Film Festival, and other global influencers.

Scott’s feature Wiley book Strive is available for order. Find out how doing the things most uncomfortable leads to success. Pioneering thought leader Scott Amyx shows anyone striving to succeed, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are, that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but doing the things uncomfortable he calls “strive”. Drawing on his own powerful story of an impoverished immigrant frequently told that he would mount to nothing, Amyx, now a celebrated venture capitalist and futurist, describes his meteoric rise from obscurity to prominence, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not intellect, opportunities or even network but pursuing personal change that’s uncomfortable. In this book, Scott takes readers into his defining life moments and stories from some of the most unlikely individuals who persevered through change to become outrageously successful. He also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in high performance. Finally, he shares what he’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers — from corporate CEOs, unicorn startup entrepreneurs to global policy leaders. Strive shows how you can shape your life and your career, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of delightful surprise.

Scott’s second feature book The Human Race: How Humans Can Survive in the Robotic Age is scheduled to come out next year. Scott explores the imminent net job loss from artificial intelligence, robotics and the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its impact on income inequality and rise in populism and nationalism that are sweeping across the globe. What is the role of humans in the world of hyper-automation? AI-driven cyber-physical automation is expected to displace 50% to 80% of the human workforce by 2030. As the pace of convergence of exponential technologies reach near vertical slope, the trend of human displacement is unstoppable. What will be the role of humans? For the structurally unemployed and underemployed, it will be bleak future with limited options. Only those with highly specialized PhDs in fields that create, train and maintain AI, robotic and advanced scientific and technical systems may have a place in the world of hyper-automation. Contrary to popular belief that only predictable physical work is automatable, as narrow AI continues to master new niches, it will amass a superset of capabilities that will not only replace tasks but holistic job functions. There is no senior executive, policymaker or subject matter expert that will be safe. Scott explores the limitations of universal basic income and taxing robots. Instead, he proposes a vastly different, out-of-the-box solution called the Human Currency. It’s a global economy and a cryptocurrency based on human-to-human empathy services. Moreover, it has the resiliency and sustainability built into the system to ensure the viability of the human race for centuries to come.

Scott emphasizes the need to pursue job training and labor force development in human-to-human services that leverage our ability to empathize with the human condition. The empathy business models and services will become the bedrock of post Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Scott has over 20 years of large-scale strategy and implementation experience, managing double digit million dollar projects across multiple verticals. In his last corporate position as VP of Product Management, Scott helped the company be acquired by a Fortune 500 publicly traded company. Scott has also started numerous startups and successfully sold a company.

Scott has a master’s degree in applied microeconomics/ public policy from the University of Chicago. Scott was a national Sloan Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Strive: How Doing the Things Most Uncomfortable Leads to Success

Strive. Pushing through our limits, doing the hard thing, and focusing on constant and never ending growth and improvement is the ticket to impact and fulfillment!”

– Tony Robbins, World-Renowned Business Leader and Peak Performance Strategist, Best-Selling Author of Unshakeable, Money Master the Game, Unlimited Power and Awaken the Giant Within

“The true alchemy of Strive is that it combines, great storytelling, great anecdotes, and some pretty profound insights. No question Scott Amyx’s key takeaway is to get comfortable being uncomfortable… or perhaps find yourself a different journey. Learning to live perpetually outside your comfort zone is perhaps a condition precedent for success — the special sauce for cooking up ideas that will change the world.”

– Craig Hatkoff, Founder of Tribeca Film Festival

Strive teaches us to embrace discomfort and achieve success in this exponentially changing world.”

– Alex Picazo, Singularity University

“Visionaries, game changers and disruptors all share one thing in common — their ability to embrace the uncomfortable. Strive is for anyone who wants to disrupt the status quo.”

– Brian Wong, CEO of Kiip, Author of The Cheat Code

“Scott Amyx’s book injects you with a secret sauce that will compel you to be bold and disrupt yourself. His advice about the importance of stretching beyond your comfort zone is perfect. I ought to know since I just spent five years traveling nonstop overland to all 54 African countries.”

– Francis Tapon, Author and Global Nomad, Harvard Business School, Forbes

“Scott Amyx’s Strive ignites in the reader a passion to reevaluate success. ​Scott intertwines his own story, filled with constant struggle, with similar narratives to teach us how to manifest our dreams by taking risks and embracing change no matter how uncomfortable. Strive is the handbook for anyone who wants to stand up, rise above, and transform his or her life.”

– Richard Shapiro, Founder & President, The Center for Client Retention, Author of The Endangered Customer

Strive is the perfect book for disrupting traditional systems that need significant improvement. In building our tuition-free boarding high school for the underserved and disengaged youth, we are able to use the actionable steps in Strive to push towards the uncomfortable. This book is serving as a guide for our team to keep pushing for greatness.”

– Jabez LeBret, Chief of Schools, Sisu Academy, Forbes

“Wow! From beginning to end, Scott lays it out there. Strive gives you back your most important commodity, your time. Every chapter is packed with first hand experiences, learnings, and takeaways. I love that it’s a type of book you can open any chapter and be at a lesson or story that will relate to you! Strive is a book you will pass on or buy for others you want to inspire.”

– John Elston, #1 Kindle & Amazon Bestselling Author of The Remote Revolution

“There is huge significance of intentionally getting into the discomfort zone — a change that all begins in the mind — and the only zone where real growth occurs.”

– Dr. Dipesh Patel, Postdoc Bioengineering & Immunology, PhD Biochemistry

The Human Race: How Humans Can Survive in the Robotic Age

Internet of Things and Data Analytics Handbook

The Advances in Information Security, Privacy, & Ethics Book Series: Managing Security Issues and the Hidden Dangers of Wearable Technologies

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Topics

  • Innovation & Technology > Innovation
  • Business > Innovation
  • Business > Strategy & Execution

Specific Topics

  • Innovation
  • Product Development & Management
  • Product Strategy
  • Go-to-Market Strategy & Execution

Suggested Keynote Speeches & Programs

How to Consistently Think Outside-of-the-Box for 10x Growth

Your boss tells you to create the next multi-million dollar blockbuster product. After all, you are the expert. Yet, no matter how much your team tries to think outside-of-the-box, your innovation iterations can’t seem to break through the legacy product. Sure it has better bells and whistles but at the end of the day, it’s still the same widget with a new name.

Scott shares that companies can systematically achieve better innovation outcomes by utilizing a combination of crowdsourcing and AI computation to create serendipity. Great ideas don’t have to occur once in a blue moon; it can happen consistently. Scott asserts that great ideas are inspired from other domains. Using a proven research-based methodology, Scott helps your organization to solve highly complex product development and innovation projects by utilizing the symbiosis of human-machine innovation.

Why Innovation Benefits from Dissent

How are decisions made in your organization? We like to believe that we make optimal decisions based on group consensus. According to research, even the best orchestrated consensus thinking is less creativity than the sum of their members. By definition, consensus is a general agreement among members of a group. In order to reach consensus, there are trade-offs. We start out with a complex problem with many dimensions, much like a heptagon with 100 sides. As concessions are made, the once jagged polygon smooths out to a simple rounded polygon with less sides. What we get is something not dissimilar from what others have already come up with, including our competitors. We fail to achieve a breakthrough.

Scott shares that in order to produce superior decision-making, organizations must embrace authentic dissenting viewpoints. Based on research, Scott indicates that when a team member shares a dissenting viewpoint, the creativity of the group increases. Dissent stimulates thought that is divergent, and leads to greater innovation and creativity. It improves the quality of decision-making. We become more independent thinkers and, more importantly, we think divergently.

Why Innovation Shouldn’t Start with Business Requirements

There is an exciting new project kicking off at your work. So naturally, you start with requirements gathering. You hold a series of requirements gathering working sessions with stakeholders and users. The questions are generally oriented towards “what do you want?” However, this is highly problematic, especially if this is a new product or service. Matter of fact, asking your target customers what they want might even lead to disastrous results.

Scott presents the concepts of benefit-oriented and emotion-oriented requirements methodologies that will not only sharpen your requirements process but produce a profoundly innovative solution that will be lauded and loved by your customers. A benefits-oriented approach summarizes the greatest user needs to the highest abstraction level. It forces us to lift our eyes up from granularity of feature set to see the big picture. An emotion-oriented requirements approach increases user adoption, engagement and ultimate success of a new product or service by focusing on the underlying human emotional goals.

(BOOK) Strive: How Doing the Things Most Uncomfortable Leads to Success

Scott’s feature Wiley book Strive is available for order. Find out how doing the things most uncomfortable leads to success. Pioneering thought leader Scott Amyx shows anyone striving to succeed, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are, that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but doing the things uncomfortable he calls “strive”. Drawing on his own powerful story of an impoverished immigrant frequently told that he would mount to nothing, Amyx, now a celebrated venture capitalist and futurist, describes his meteoric rise from obscurity to prominence, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not intellect, opportunities or even network but pursuing personal change that’s uncomfortable. In this book, Scott takes readers into his defining life moments and stories from some of the most unlikely individuals who persevered through change to become outrageously successful. He also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in high performance. Finally, he shares what he’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers — from corporate CEOs, unicorn startup entrepreneurs to global policy leaders. Strive shows how you can shape your life and your career, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of delightful surprise.

(BOOK) The Human Race: How Humans Can Survive in the Robotic Age

Scott’s second feature book The Human Race: How Humans Can Survive in the Robotic Age is scheduled to come out next year. Scott explores the imminent net job loss from artificial intelligence, robotics and the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its impact on income inequality and rise in populism and nationalism that are sweeping across the globe.

AI-driven cyber-physical automation is expected to displace 50% to 80% of the human workforce by 2030. As the pace of convergence of exponential technologies reach near vertical slope, the trend of human displacement is unstoppable. What will be the role of humans?

For the structurally unemployed and underemployed, it will be bleak future with limited options. Only those with highly specialized PhDs in fields that create, train and maintain AI, robotic and advanced scientific and technical systems may have a place in the world of hyper-automation. Contrary to popular belief that only predictable physical work is automatable, as narrow AI continues to master new niches, it will amass a superset of capabilities that will not only replace tasks but holistic job functions. There is no senior executive, policymaker or subject matter expert that will be safe.

Scott explores the limitations of universal basic income and taxing robots. Instead, he proposes a vastly different, out-of-the-box solution called the Human Currency. It’s a global economy and a cryptocurrency based on human-to-human empathy services. Moreover, it has the resiliency and sustainability built into the system to ensure the viability of the human race for centuries to come.

Scott emphasizes the need to pursue job training and labor force development in human-to-human services that leverage our ability to empathize with the human condition. The empathy business models and services will become the bedrock of post Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Are You Ready for Disruption?

How do you turn disruption Into innovation? In PwC’s Annual Global CEO Survey, 62% expressed concern about the impact of disruption in their industry. Disruption is coming from all direction — from the Internet of Things, blockchain cryptography, AI/ machine learning, data analytics, decentralized computing to changes in consumer behavior.

According to an Accenture study of 1,000 large enterprises, big companies struggle with innovation. The biggest barrier is not a lack of vision but because, by definition, big companies are mature. Organizational structures and processes are in place to guide the company towards efficiency. Seasoned managers steer their employees from pursuing the art of discovery and towards engaging in the science of delivery. Employees are taught to seek efficiencies, leverage existing assets, and listen to their best customers. Such practices and policies ensure that executives can consistently deliver positive earnings to Wall Street, but they also minimize the types and scale of innovation that can be pursued successfully within an organization. No company ever created transformational growth by doing what they do a tiny bit better and a tiny bit cheaper.

The biggest barrier is not a lack of vision but because, by definition, big companies are mature. Organizational structures and processes are in place to guide the company towards efficiency. Seasoned managers steer their employees from pursuing the art of discovery and towards engaging in the science of delivery. Employees are taught to seek efficiencies, leverage existing assets, and listen to their best customers. Such practices and policies ensure that executives can consistently deliver positive earnings to Wall Street, but they also minimize the types and scale of innovation that can be pursued successfully within an organization. No company ever created transformational growth by doing what they do a tiny bit better and a tiny bit cheaper.

Exponential Disruption: Is Your Organization Ready for the Era of Human-Machine Innovation?

Disruption is a great term, as long as it’s being applied to your competitors and not your firm. Exponential technologies are creating disruption. The convergence of exponential technologies is expected to disrupt almost every sector and business. Changing trends are forcing leaders to take a hard look at their business models and core competencies. New entrants are threatening to displace “cash cows” and prominent brands. How is your company positioned to take advantage of the multi-billion dollar opportunity that beckons? Or is your business at risk from the advances in technology? If your company is not embracing technological and business model changes, it may be in danger of becoming obsolete.

The Future of Innovation & Jobs

The new marketplace for industries like manufacturing, energy, gas and oil, and construction is a far cry from that in decades past. The perfect storm of problems has been brewing, as novel challenges cut into revenue and force corporations to scramble to find fresh opportunities. Obstacles to growth come in many forms. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that there has been a gradual slide in worker productivity, not over just the last few quarters, but over the last decade. However, just as some industries are struggling, there is little doubt that the tech sector is going strong — and that it is shaking up other verticals to create value and opportunities for expansion and growth. While it is not likely that a single solution can bring about significant change in the industrial sector, the appropriate application of advanced technologies, data analytics, machine learning and robotics can result in a greater optimization of business workflows and processes, enhanced safety, improved research and development, and the creation of new revenue streams. The silver lining is that innovation also ushers in new types of jobs that didn’t exist before. Innovation coupled with continuous lifetime learning and retraining creates a flexible and adaptable labor force.

How AI is Transforming Retail & Financial Services

Scott Amyx walks the audience through the lens of a customer journey as s/he interacts with retail and financial services powered by AI. From chatbots to human like digital assistants (AVA), Outernets’ computer vision technology that turns any windows and surfaces into interactive experiences, Endor’s social physics platform that applies AI predictive data analytics to human behavior, fraud prevention powered by AI to Digits that converts credit cards and debit cards into cryptocurrency cards for purchases, the AI evolution is just beginning.

How to Transform a Nation

How to build a Fourth Industrial Revolution-driven nation to spur sustainable economic growth, to build new industries, to create jobs, and to raise the human capital of local citizens.

The World Economic Forum’s survey gives us hints on when the future will have arrived. When we have robotic pharmacists, when our clothes are Internet connected to when AI is seating on the Board of Directors. These disruptions cannot be stopped. It represents rapid and unstoppable evolution in the human innovation curve. With this massive automation and intelligence, many will lose their jobs — a net 7% of U.S. jobs by 2025.

So how can a nation instead of being disrupted become the disruptor?

Scott Amyx shares a is framework for transforming a nation. In his presentation, Scott shares the role of futurism, R&D, experimentation, investment, implementation, and knowledge transfer in the transformation of a nation.

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Testimonials

“Scott’s presentation at NED 2018 was very refreshing, filled with interesting best practices from around the world and content tailored specifically for our country. We appreciate that he researched deeply into our culture, economics, politics and digital maturity to help our audience understand where we as a nation stand in digital transformation. His speech rallied the audience to keep moving forward, to continuously improve and to understand how Peru can lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

— NED/ Seminarium Team, December 5, 2018

“Scott is a very insightful and engaging speaker! When we invited him to Colombia he gave us a very tailored presentation about the importance of the Internet of Things (IoT) for building smart cities, which was a very avant-garde experience for the audience. Also, when we took him to Costa Rica, Scott gave the audience an energetic introduction to the IoT, which was very much aligned with what our client needed.”

— Esteban Barrera, Speakers Consultant, Thinking Heads, June 20, 2018

“Scott spoke at our conference on localization that had a theme of Internet of Things. He brought a lot of information, enlightening stories and eye-opening facts to our audience. He showed an incredible in-depth topic knowledge, yet the way he presented the information made all that data easy to understand and digest. Scott’s friendly style both on and off the stage made us all comfortable and ready to learn more. I highly recommend him as a speaker.”

— Donna Parrish, Publisher, MultiLingual, October 22, 2015

“It was great working with Scott Amyx at this years’ IoT World and IoT Security shows where he provided some great insight into IoT technologies, the Wearables markets; and securing IoT networks through managed PKI Certificates! His presentations were engaging and comprehensive and we look forward to continuing to work with Scott moving forward.”

— Dominie Roberts, Event Director at Informa, October 5, 2015

“Scott has his finger on the pulse of IoT and Wearables. He’s a definitive source of knowledge, who ties together all of the activity occurring in this nascent sector. Highly recommended.”

— Tony Rovello, Principal Product Manager, Alexa at Amazon, September 18, 2015

“Scott Amyx was a delight to work with leading up to, during and after Wearables TechCon. He went above and beyond just speaking at his session Affective Computing and Sentiment Analysis in Wearables. He graciously volunteered to be a panelist on “Visions: The Future of Augmented Reality Devices” and even offered to help promote the show on Examiner. With all the little extras, combined with fantastic comments on his presentation from feedback collected at the show, I would be thrilled to work with him again on future shows.”

— Katie Flash, Conference Chair and Content Director of InterDrone at Emerald Expositions, March 27, 2015

“As a conference organizer, we look for people who are on the forefront of industry. When we started out on a journey to put together the Wearables + Things conference, we immediately found Scott Amyx through his writings at Wired Magazine. Scott is not only willing to dig in and do his homework on an industry, he’s excellent at articulating the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. And he’s equally effective in writing and in person. We also asked Scott for recommendations about others who should be involved and he was more than willing to provide input and introductions. Scott is not only smart on the Mobile, Wearables and IoT industries, he’s enjoyable to be around. I highly recommend getting Scott involved in your events or projects as a reliable resource to improve outcomes.”

— Pete Erickson, Founder, CEO of Modev. Producer of Spinnaker Summit, VOICE, Aspen Software Leadership Summit, Machinery.AI, EXOLeaders, November 10, 2014

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