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Google’s Ivy Ross On Creative Innovation

INTERESTED IN JOINING US THIS NOVEMBER?  NOMINATE YOURSELF OR SOMEONE ELSE.  WHO WILL BE THERE IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS WHAT WE’LL DISCUSS.   When we went looking for creative, innovative and extraordinary people to lead discussions and think outside the box with us at Harvest Summit, Ivy Ross was a name that quickly surfaced. From Fortune 500 boardrooms to museums around the world, her insight is sought after and her work is creative and innovative. Ivy’s passion is human potential and relationships. She believes in the combination of art and science to make magic happen and bring great ideas and brands…

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Music, Entertainment and Innovation

INTERESTED IN JOINING US THIS NOVEMBER?  NOMINATE YOURSELF OR SOMEONE ELSE.  WHO WILL BE THERE IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS WHAT WE’LL DISCUSS.   Innovation has pushed the media and entertainment industry to reinvent. We believe emerging and established brands can learn from artists and other creative change agents who have embraced new models and new ways to leverage their gift of storytelling to engage and entertain fans. The rise of branded experiences coupled with social media has allowed popular artists and labels to become masters of fan engagement, attracting tens of millions of followers. An authentic perspective and engaging story arguably…

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Belden Barns: Wine, Farming & Innovation

INTERESTED IN JOINING US THIS NOVEMBER?  NOMINATE YOURSELF OR SOMEONE ELSE.  WHO WILL BE THERE IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS WHAT WE’LL DISCUSS.   Sonoma County is home to many weekend warriors who enjoy the farm fresh food, bucolic landscape, relaxed style, cycling, rugged coast, artist culture and fine wines. Aside from owning second homes, a growing number of weekend warriors are drawn to the vineyards and become winegrowers. A brave few set out to make their own wines and create experiences. Nate and Lauren Belden did just that. In 2004, while still toiling away at his city job, Nate spent…

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Functional Food & Female Entrepreneurs

Interested in joining us this November?  Nominate yourself or someone else.  Who will be there is just as important as what we’ll discuss.   We sat down with our Harvest Council Member and speaker Sheryl O’Loughlin, to talk functional food, innovation and the groundwork she believes still lays ahead for female entrepreneurs. The functional food world has grown by leaps and bounds in the past several decades. Some of the most successful brands like Clif Bar pioneered better taste and sustainable sourcing. The woman leading this shift as CEO at Clif & Company, along with owner Gary Erickson, was Sheryl O’Loughlin. Not…

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Learning from Dell’s Culture of Innovation

Interested in joining us this November?  Nominate yourself or someone else.  Who will be there is just as important as what we’ll discuss.   In 1984, at age 19, Michael Dell founded PC’s Limited with $1,000 and a game-changing vision for how technology should be designed, manufactured and sold. Just 4 years later, Dell went public, raising $30 million, increasing market capitalization from $1,000 to $85 million. From the growth fueled ‘90s to the early 2000’s where Dell expanded into new markets like China, Dell has continued to evolve with technology and innovation. Today Dell continues to be a leader…

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Celebrating the Taste of Summer

The month of July is a very celebratory one in my house, three birthdays: my wife’s, our first daughter Charlotte’s, and this year we are expecting the birth of our newest daughter.  All these things to celebrate and another one that holds a special place in my heart –  the arrival of my favorite ‘fruit’ – the Heirloom Tomato! Summer is now in full swing with long, sunny days and clear, star filled nights; and the humble heirloom tomato coming into its own.  It’s our tradition to pluck the ripest, juiciest tomato off the vine and have our first BLT…

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SVB: Spurring Innovation for 25 Years in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley has become synonymous with tech innovation and a brand in its own right, but it also sits adjacent to some of the largest and best known wine producers in California. The US wine business has grown up alongside Silicon Valley’s tech industry – some of today’s best known California wine brands started as small mom and pop operations in the 1970s while companies like Apple and HP were beginning in garages. Silicon Valley Bank, with a reputation for bucking convention has been an innovative force and change agent in both industries. The bank’s founders first jumped into the…

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Bill O’Connor on the Autodesk Innovation Genome

Bill O’Connor is the Innovation Strategist at Autodesk, the 3D design, engineering and entertainment software and services company. He was an early supporter of Harvest Summit’s vision to ignite innovation by convening a diverse mix of leaders and thinkers. “The idea that Harvest Summit will spark real, substantive conversations with smart people, and that we’ll share useful insights about our work, got my attention.”  Keep up with Bill and the Autodesk Innovation Genome @autodesk  or @OConnorAutodesk. We sat down with Bill to ask him about his role, current projects and future outlook. What do you do as Autodesk’s Innovation Strategist?…

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Women Entrepreneurs & The Work-Life Balancing Act

Women in business and women entrepreneurs may feel like an endangered species sometimes. Yet they’re what everyone is talking about. How many women make it into the C-suite of Fortune 500 companies is big news. The success of companies where women are in leadership roles and the access to capital for women is now tracked, measured and scrutinized. We are all for gender equality and a level playing field, but let’s face it, even Sheryl Sandberg recently admitted it’s tough. Women face unique challenges at different stages in their careers from their male counterparts. The reality is we need to…

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Innovation Minus the Buzzwords

Innovation is more susceptible to buzz words and clichés than most industries.  Partly because innovation is driving Silicon Valley, technology and all the relatively recent dramatic changes in our lifestyles, partly because it’s made a lot of people incredible sums of money incredibly quickly, and maybe because if you don’t do it, it’s hard to understand the nuts and bolts of innovation.   We sat down with Harvest Council Member Michael Perman, Imaginative Innovation Leader, C’EST WHAT? to break down innovation – what does it mean, how does it happen and how is it changing.  Michael is the Former Dean…

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