ATC CTO Dinner on March 29, 2017

Lead and Disrupt: How To Solve The Innovators Dilemma

Innovation during times of change is a challenge, even for successful firms. In the book Lead and Disrupt, the authors charge that failure to innovate in the face of change is the fault of leadership style rather than strategy.

Panel discussion topics:

  • The role innovation plays in remaining competitive in your core markets, while also winning in new domains. 
  • Executing a high cadence ambidextrous innovation model to mobilize the organization grow.
  • Applying a "leased asset" approach and lead design principles to speed time to market.
  • Punching above your weight by leveraging internal and external ecosystems to multiply your impact.
  • Adding dynamic capabilities to SENSE the stuff that matters and able to SEIZE opportunities before others. 

The dinner is designed for senior executive leadership in engineering and product development, as well as CEOs.

Host and Moderator:

Ray Wolf, SVP Innovation and Architecture, Lumeris                                    

Ray Wolf, SVP Innovation and Architecture, Lumeris                                    

Ray Wolf is SVP Innovation and Architecture for Lumeris, where he is a member of the senior executive team and leads the development of new enterprise products to enhance Lumeris’ ability to provide top-rated population health management services for its partners. A technology industry veteran with nearly three decades of transformational business expertise, Wolf previously served as COO with Redirect Health, where he provided oversight on all aspects of the organization’s business operations, innovation strategies and financial growth. Prior to that, Wolf served as president of OpenSymmetry, where he guided the company to a cloud-based system, restored profitability globally and expanded the partner ecosystem. His career also features leadership roles with leading organizations, including Green Integrated Services, Brocade, Dell and United Technologies.

Wolf holds a Master of Business Administration in finance with a concentration in technology innovation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Bachelor of Engineering in mechanical engineering from State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has also completed executive education programs at both Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business. Wolf holds numerous professional affiliations, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Austin Technology Council, National Association of Corporate Directors, Association for Corporate Growth, and is past chairman of the Austin Chamber CEO Peer Advisory Program.

Round Table Participants

Alan S. Knitowski, Chairman and CEO of Phunware

Alan S. Knitowski, Chairman and CEO of Phunware

Alan is a successful serial entrepreneur with multiple exits over a 15-year period to companies including Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO), Level 3 Communications (NASDAQ: LVLT) and Internet Security Systems (now NYSE: IBM). He was a 2014 Finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award for Central Texas and has been a Founder, Executive, Angel Investor and Fund Manager throughout his career in the private sector after serving in the United States Army as an Airborne, Air Assault and Ranger qualified Captain in the Corps of Engineers.

Alan’s companies include # 36 on the 2014 Forbes list of America’s Most Promising Companies, # 82 on the 2014 Inc. list of the 500 Fastest Growing Companies in the US, # 4 on the 2013 Inc. list of the 500 Fastest Growing Software Companies in the United States, # 2 on the 2008 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 for Orange County and # 4 on the 2014 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 for North America.

A mobile and multiscreen industry expert, Alan is frequently quoted in trade publications, serves as a panelist at industry events and writes for the Wall Street Journal’s Accelerators Blog.

Previously, Alan was President of Alternative Investments for Curo Capital LLC and Managing Director for Trymetris Capital Management LLC,  Co-Founder and Director of Telverse Communications (acquired by Level 3 Communications). Prior to this, Alan was Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Vovida Networks and led the company from conception acquisition by Cisco.

Alan holds an MSIE degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, an MBA degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a BSIE degree from The U. He lives in Austin, Texas and serves on the President’s Council at the University of Miami (FL).

Liam Quinn, Chief Technology Officer & SVP. Sr. Fellow, Dell Technologies - Client Product Group

Liam Quinn, Chief Technology Officer & SVP. Sr. Fellow, Dell Technologies - Client Product Group

Liam Quinn has been with Dell since 1997 and is Chief Technology Officer for the Dell Client Business. In this role, he is responsible for leading the development of the overall technology strategy across the Client Solutions Business unit. Key areas of focus and research include, Converged mobility, Digital & Workforce Transformation, security & Manageability, IoT and xR with specific applications of augmented and virtual reality in areas of remote maintenance, gaming and 3D applications.

Mr. Quinn holds has over 100 US, International granted and pending patents, and is a published Author on Networking. He was named Dell Inventor of the year in 2005, 2007 and 2014. He was an Associate Professor of Engineering at the Dublin Institute of Technology, the University of Texas Austin, and Texas State University. He is a frequent speaker at Wi-Fi and Networking Forums and also represents Dell on the boards of the Wi-Fi Alliance, and The Open Fog Consortium. Mr. Quinn has designed network systems and wireless solutions and has managed Engineering teams in systems architecture and product development. Mr. Quinn serves on the Engineering Advisory Board of the University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering and the Texas State Ingram School of Engineering.

Mr. Quinn holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the Dublin Institute of Technology, a BSc in Computer Engineering from Limerick University and a MSc in Computer Engineering from Boston University.

Robert Reeves, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Datical

Robert Reeves, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Datical

As Chief Technology Officer, Robert Reeves advocates for Datical’s customers and provides technical architecture leadership. Prior to co-founding Datical, Robert was a Director at the Austin Technology Incubator. At ATI, he provided real world entrepreneurial expertise to ATI member companies to aid in market validation, product development and fundraising efforts. Robert cofounded Phurnace Software in 2005.

He invented and created the flagship product, Phurnace Deliver, which provides middleware infrastructure management to multiple Fortune 500 companies. As Chief Technology Officer for Phurnace, he led technical evangelism efforts, product vision and large account technical sales efforts. After BMC Software acquired Phurnace in 2009, Robert served as Chief Architect and lead worldwide technology evangelism.

Marc Willebeek-LeMair, Chief Strategy Officer, Alert Logic

Marc Willebeek-LeMair, Chief Strategy Officer, Alert Logic

Marc joined Alert Logic in 2016 in the role of Chief Strategy Officer. In this role, he is responsible for the company strategy with regards to target market and security products and services. Marc is a seasoned veteran and entrepreneur in the cyber security industry. Prior to Alert Logic, he served as founder and CEO of Click Security, a pioneer in the security analytics market. Prior to Click Security, he served as CTO of 3Com where he was responsible for product management and development of the company’s security, voice and networking business units.

He joined 3Com from TippingPoint, the market leader and pioneer in the Intrusion Prevention System market, where he served as CTO and co-founder. Prior to TippingPoint, Marc was a manager in the Research Division of IBM. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and has authored over 50 publications and holds 24 patents.

The Tesla showroom is located near Mac Cosmetics and Peter Millar. 

Parking is most convenient at the Green Parking Garage behind Tiffany & Co, directly across from Neiman Marcus.

-this event has limited seating-

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                 Barbary Brunner, CEO

                 Barbary Brunner, CEO

The wildflowers are out in force, and SXSW has just wrapped, so that means that Spring is upon us here in Austin.

ATC Hosted our annual Gateway party at the Belmont on Thursday night before SXSW Interactive. We had almost 500 folks join us for an evening of live music, custom cocktails, and great networking. Circuit of the Americas decked out our lounge area with racing simulators and gave attendees the opportunity to win race tickets and sign up for tours. The feedback from everyone I spoke with was that it was a terrific party, with all the right people, and a resounding success. Plus, thanks to several of our sponsors, we had some of the coolest swag at SXSW.

I had a number of speaking opportunities during SXSW, including as part of the lineup at Smart Cities Day, as well as having the pleasure of moderating a panel of civic and business leaders from three leading global digital economies at Quebec House. Dominique Anglade, Quebec's Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation; Siegfried Schneider, President of the Media Authority of Bavaria; and Austin's Mayor, Steve Adler, spoke about the digital economy in their regions, the progress that Quebec, Bavaria, and Austin are making as emerging regional tech centers, about how they are working to enable access to technology and stem education for all their residents, and how these three regions could work together as global partners in using tech to solve civic issues. It was a truly interesting and important conversation, and all three had quotable moments, but my favorite by far was when Mayor Adler said, "everybody wants change until things start changing."

We had a lot of other ATC-related activity as well. Grover Bynum, our Senior Policy Advisor, hosted a few different events with Representative Eric Swalwell from California and other members of Congress, as well as a speakers panel for visiting startups from the EU and local global program leaders from UT, Capital Factory and others. 

Lessons from the Smart Cities Competition

                          Barbary Brunner, CEO

                          Barbary Brunner, CEO

I want to tell you a story about Austin's journey along the smart cities road.

Late last winter, the Obama administration announced a U.S. Department of Transportation Smart Cities competition. The prize was $50 million put up by the U.S. DOT and Vulcan Ventures, to be applied to starting the process of transforming our metropolitan area transportation systems in a way that would benefit all residents, solve existing traffic and transportation problems, address clean air and land issues, and could be a transportation model for the future that might be pushed out to other cities across the country. 

I would argue that there was an even bigger potential win here. That relatively paltry $50 million in prize money would no doubt attract subsequent hundreds of millions--potentially billions--of dollars in private investment around autonomous vehicles, smart transportation, and other solutions that would be invested in the region of the city that won this competition.

Now, if you're a proud Austinite, you would look at what we've got going on here: we have a great tech community, we have innovative thought leaders, as a community we have a deep desire to solve the various social issues that plague us; we have, as you have experienced the last few days, a wicked traffic and public transportation problem that we are all anxious to solve for,  a politically progressive City Hall, an exceptionally thoughtful Chief Innovation Officer at the City, Google self driving cars were already cruising the streets of parts of our city, and our deep history in what I like to call the guts and plumbing of the tech industry make us the perfect fit for figuring out and building technology solutions for smart cities. 

78 cities entered the competition. Austin was one of the seven finalists, along with Pittsburgh, Portland, Denver, Columbus, Kansas City,  and San Francisco. If you lived in Austin, you looked at that list and you thought, our only real competition is San Francisco. Right. Well, we lost. Columbus won. Columbus.

They won because that city has an unprecedented history of collaboration between city government, higher education, social service organizations, philanthropy, and private enterprise. Even before the competition was over, they had secured commitments from private enterprise to add money to the prize winnings in order to up the ante in terms of what could be done in Columbus to solve their city's transportation problems.

It wasn't that Austin didn't have smart ideas in our plan. And it wasn't that we don't have good intentions in this city. It isn't even that we don't have the ability to create a compelling strategy and vision and execute on it. It's that we didn't have the right partners at the table fully participating in the conversation. 

At one point, The Austin group was even talking about the smart phone being the device of the future. Now for everyone in this room who is a technologist, and probably for everyone in this room who just uses a smart phone on a daily basis, you know that the smart phone was the device of the future 20 years ago.  What we really needed to be talking about on the technology side is how the Internet of things, big data, Bluetooth and similar near and mid range technologies, smaller wearable devices, and the communication between all of these, need to come together in order to create a network of systems that work in harmony to literally and figuratively move people of all income levels forward. 

What we needed on the thought leadership side was to have the big leaders in private industry technology innovation at the table formulating Austin's plan. Because committed technology thought leaders can affect remarkable and remarkably quick change when called to duty to solve problems. A great example of this is Andy Tryba, CEO and founder of Crossover and Co-Founder of Ride Austin.

Andy lead a team of folks who stepped up to the plate to create Ride Austin when we lost Uber and Lyft last May. Now, Ride Austin isn't perfect yet, and as you know we had an outage last night, but they fixed the problem quickly, and Andy publicly handled it with great honesty and decency. It's this sort of innovative thinking, quick response, and care for the community that is the hallmark of Austin's tech leaders, and this is why they need to be engaged in creating soution

So, as a nonprofit trade industry association, what is ATC's role in all this? Well, after the Uber and Lyft debacle of last May, we founded a Policy Coalition. We stocked it with some of the most thoughtful technology leaders in town as well as critical community leaders in the co-working and incubation space. We set about building a great relationship with City Council. And we are still working on that; there are some bruises from City Council's last go around with tech, and we are collectively working to build bridges and trust. 

But it is only together that we can only move Austin forward. And that, above anything else, is the role that a technology industry association should fill in a community. Collaborating all of the right partners together to create solutions, and to ensure that tech has a seat at the table, not just because we deserve it, but because we can provide critical, forward-thinking innovative thought leadership.  

We should be, and at ATC we are, thinking about the future vision and strategy for Austin's tech ecosystem, and how that coordinates with the overall strategy for Austin moving forward. Bringing the right leaders to the table, not just from tech and City Hall, but from other parts of private industry, philanthropy, social services, and higher education. It's a great lesson we learning from the city of Columbus,  and that's the journey that we are embarking on at ATC this year.

Insperity Community Involvement

Insperity volunteers give time and talents for extraordinary results

Integrity. Respect for the individual. Contributing to communities. Perseverance. Servant leadership.

These are the tenets on which Insperity was built. They’re also the foundation of being a good corporate citizen. Insperity has long enjoyed a strong, healthy community involvement program.

Just the numbers alone are incredible:

• Ninety-two percent of Insperity employees participated in the company volunteer program in 2016.

• Employees donated nearly $170,000 to the Insperity Fund, a program for employees facing life-changing challenges.

• Company philanthropic efforts grossed more than $3.8 million in monetary and in-kind charitable donations.

• Corporate employees across the country contributed 56,605 volunteer hours in 2016.

In addition, employees share their time and talents with hundreds of charitable organizations across the country.

Awareness campaigns

Every year, Insperity calls attention to a variety of areas of awareness including heart health, cancer and military appreciation. There are individual office-led efforts that help communities and charities across the country including schools, hospitals, homeless shelters, animal shelters, children’s charities, toy drives, blood drives and health-related organizations.

Paid volunteer time

Wherever employees choose to give back, Insperity is proud to provide its support. Full-time employees receive 12 hours of paid volunteer time each quarter to “spend” on volunteerism.

Scholarship program

Insperity awards merit scholarships for selected children of its full-time corporate employees and worksite employees through the National Merit Scholarship Corp. They each receive $1,000 per year for four years

When a company’s values are interwoven into how it acts in and with the community, the results can be extraordinary.


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