Direktor und Gründer des Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) in Berkeley/USA

Ikhlaq Sidhu is serial innovator with an industry background and the perspective of an academic.

He teaches, advises, and manages people to enable impactful and relevant innovation, which today demands a different kind of leadership.  From him, people learn how to create new things that are technically complex that will also actually have impact in the real world.

He is an innovator in the narrow sense (e.g. created 60+ patents, technology, and products) and he is an innovator in the broad sense (e.g. launched ventures, raised funds, founded organizations, led businesses, and navigated complex political challenges) within areas of data networking, telecommunications, and academics.

By now, Sidhu is probably most known for bringing an industry perspective to academia. He founded the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology in 2005 and launched its many spin-offs programs. With Ken Singer, he co-created the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (for students) and the Berkeley Method of Innovation Leadership (for existing companies). Both of these frameworks add concepts of social-psychology, mindset, and journey to the traditional steps of innovation. The spin-offs from his work at Berkeley include the GVL in 2008, the Fung Institute in 2009, the Engineering Leadership Professional Program in 2011, SkyDeck in 2012, the Innovation Collider in 2015, and Data-X in 2016.

Sidhu serves on several boards and advisory roles including Venture Advisor at Onset Ventures (a leading Silicon Valley investment firm), the Faculty Committee for Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley, the Board of Trustees of the Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar, Fellow, Applied Innovation Institute, and the Faculty Director’s Council, Jacob’s Institute of Design at UC Berkeley.

Presentation about:

Demystifying Innovation for Mature Organizations: A Silicon Valley Perspective on Innovation Culture

How do mature companies adapt to market shifts and changes in the global economy? Certainly, some have been successful at adapting (e.g. IBM, Apple, Netflix, GE) while others have struggled (e.g. Kodak, Tower Records, Blockbuster, Novell). Yes, the answer lies partly in technology advancement and partly in business model changes. But success also depends on the methods of the leadership, a culture of innovation, organizational behaviors, and the tactical processes of developing new businesses within existing firms. Often, we see great product ideas fail due misalignment within the firm, lack of execution, and a misunderstanding on how to take projects forward. The logical steps of choosing a market, finding requirements, and building the product seem to make a lot of sense, but in reality, the process is not as linear and involves many other factors. This talk and mini-workshop is intended to demystify innovation and the use of entrepreneurial techniques within existing firms. Topics related to this talk also include psychology of innovation and SV updates such as technology concepts to watch.