At our sold-out San Francisco Field Study, more than 75 innovation execs joined us for tours of Visa, Verizon, Yelp, Gensler, Hax Accelerator, and Autodesk. Along the way, we had some great discussions about topics like M&A, design thinking, recruiting, changing culture, working with startups, corporate venturing, metrics, and more. Thanks to our sponsors — Imaginatik and Moves the Needle — and all of the companies that hosted us!
Next up is Atlanta, April 25-27, when we will be visiting Google, Home Depot, and Porsche. Registration is open now.
Karen Liu of Microsoft during the group introductions.
Tim Gorman, leader of the Verizon Innovation Program, with Innovation Leader editor Scott Kirsner.
Audrey Kohout and Alisa Mulhair of Target with Dan Kaiser of CUNA Mutual.
Matt van Wyck of Optum interacting with a demo at the Verizon Innovation Center.
Amanda Ramos of Gensler, one of our Field Study site hosts.
Ben Running and Rick Paster of Jet.com/Walmart talking about managing innovation after an acquisition.
Andrew Pollack of the University of Oklahoma.
Brant Cooper, CEO of Moves the Needle.
Checking out new products at the HAX Accelerator.
William Salvatore of Edgewell Personal Care with Juan Pablo Sandoval of USAA.
Lori Heino-Royer of Daimler Trucks leads a session on creating an internal accelerator for employees.
Kate Whitcomb and Cyril Ebersweiler of HAX with Innovation Leader co-founder Scott Cohen.
Meeting with biotech entrepreneurs at the IndieBio lab, downstairs from Hax.
Touring Yelp headquarters.
Carol Miller of American Greetings with Ellen Juskewitch of Innovation Leader.
Meeting with Yelp SVP of Corporate Development Chad Richard.
Chad Richard talked about Yelp’s culture, recent acquisitions, and how the company develops new features.
Michelle Cohen of CME Group.
Imaginatik CEO Ralph Wellborn leads a discussion about ecosystems and control points.
Robin Beers of Wells Fargo talks about rolling out design thinking.
Moves the Needle ran an excercise focused on rapid experimentation.
Discussing customer knowns and unknowns. Edward Perez of Wells Fargo (left.)
Kellie Goodwin, VP of Engagement at Visa, discusses Visa’s collaboration with Samsung on a smart fridge.
Car payment demo at Visa.
Linda Elkins of W.L. Gore leads a session on labs, metrics, and measurement.
Innovation Leader’s Scott Kirsner with Sehiyan Balasubramaniam of LinkedIn.
Vijay Sondhi, SVP of Innovation at Visa.
Tim Hatch and Sean Riskin of Stanley Black & Decker.
Scott Kirsner with Rick Klau of Google Ventures.
The Field Study ended with a visit to Autodesk’s quarterly “Design Night” event, which focused on virtual reality.