Accelerating corporate renewal
amid industry disruption


January 15, 2020

SRI International
Menlo Park, California

Post-Industrial Forum

Silicon Valley launch





Corporate lifespans are shrinking. Going beyond digital modernization to improve existing businesses, how can corporations create the new businesses they need for tomorrow?

Join us for the Silicon Valley launch of the Post-Industrial Forum, a unique global community for leaders driving the post-industrial transition.


About the Post-Industrial Forum

The rapid progress of technologies such as machine learning, intelligent agents, robotics, drones, autonomous vehicles, distributed ledgers, and additive manufacturing is resulting in dramatic structural changes in all industries. For the first time in the history of the human species, we have exponential technology development coupled with massive decentralization. We are now seeing the beginning of a post-industrial civilization. This goes beyond “digital,”it is change on an anthropological level. (For more background, see this white paper.)

Brought to you by the Post-Lean Institute in collaboration with industry partners, the Post-Industrial Forum is a unique global community with the purpose of developing and promoting a better understanding of the post-industrial transition and how to navigate it. Members include corporate executives, board members, investors, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and experts in various fields.


4:00pm Networking, refreshments

5:00pm The Post-Industrial Transition:
 Accelerating Corporate Renewal

Frode L. Odegard, CEO
Post-Lean Institute

5:45pm Panel Discussion, audience Q&A

Stephen Ciesinski
Past President and Senior Advisor
SRI International

Patrick Suel, President
Diamond Edge Ventures

Amar Hanspal, CEO
Bright Machines

Yossi Feinberg
The Adams Distinguished Professor of Management and Professor of Economics
Stanford Graduate School of Business

6:30pm The Post-Industrial Forum: Accelerating the Transition

Frode L. Odegard
 CEO, Post-Lean Institute

7:00pm Networking and refreshments

Who should attend?

  • Senior corporate executives
  • Corporate board members
  • Founders of disruptive startups
  • Investors (VCs, CVCs, PE GPs and LPs, Family Offices)
  • Policymakers and policy advisors
  • Media

Note: Seating is limited. Please do not sign up if you are not in these categories.

Speaker biographies

Frode Odegard, Chairman and CEO
Post-Lean Institute

Frode is a thought leader in next-generation, post-industrial management science. His major focus is on how corporates, investors and policymakers can best navigate humanity’s transition to a post-industrial civilization and economy. A serial entrepreneur since his high school years, Frode’s multi-disciplinary background stretches from theoretical computer science to the boardroom. He has a deep background in organizational design and a passion for history, linguistics, disruptive technologies, and philosophy. When not at work on post-industrial management science, he can be found in the dojo practicing traditional Iwama style Aikido.

Steve Ciesinski
Past President and Senior Advisor
SRI International

Stephen (“Steve”) is Past President of Silicon Valley-based SRI International, one of the world’s leading independent R&D organizations. SRI’s innovations have led to new products, businesses and industries that impact people’s lives every day-from the computer mouse, interactive computing and Siri, to HDTV, medical ultrasound, drugs for cancer and infectious diseases, and many more. SRI spins out 6-10 new ventures every year, and works very closely with companies of all sizes to develop technology-based disruptive innovations. Previously, Steve held executive management positions with Applied Materials, the global manufacturer of semiconductor capital equipment; Octel Communications, the worldwide leader in voice-messaging products; Resumix, the inventor of Web-based personnel recruiting applications; and Laszlo Systems, a pioneer in Web 2.0 software. He started his career at Procter & Gamble, was a consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, and also served as a venture partner with Earlybird Ventures. Steve is also a faculty member at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He’s created and teaches courses on entrepreneurship in developing economies, and also lectures in the executive education programs.

Amar Hanspal, CEO
Bright Machines

Amar is the CEO of Bright Machines where he leads a team focused on applying intelligent software to manufacturing to constantly improve the accuracy, quality and performance of production lines. He’s a senior leader with 30+ years of experience driving business and technology transformation. Previously Amar was co-CEO and chief product officer at Autodesk where he oversaw the company’s entire software portfolio, including its innovative manufacturing and construction applications. He led Autodesk into the cloud and enabled the company’s 12 million customers to access their designs on nearly any device. In addition to sitting on Bright Machine’s board, Amar also sits on the board of eSilicon Corporation and advises early stage venture companies.

Patrick Suel, President
Diamond Edge Ventures

Patrick has over 15 years experience managing Corporate Venture Capital funds for international companies. He joined Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation in 2018 to establish a new Corporate Venture Capital operation in California, Diamond Edge Ventures, as its President. Prior to this position, he was with Panasonic Ventures, the CVC arm of Panasonic Corporation, starting in 2006. As the only investor at Panasonic he was solely responsible for identifying, negotiating and leading investments in startups which strategic technologies could be integrated into Panasonic products through deep technical collaborations with Panasonic’s Japanese corporate R&D and business units. Patrick has completed investments in Nanotechnologies & Materials, Medical Devices, Semiconductors, Software and Energy. He previously worked as a Venture Partner for SKG Ventures, Korea SK Global’s CVC arm and was a Software executive with various venture-backed Silicon Valley startups in Artificial Intelligence, Financial Services, Enterprise Software and Software Tools where his contributions resulted in two IPOs and two M&A exits. As an entrepreneur, Patrick also founded three startups in Internet Software, Biotechnology and Medical Devices. Patrick holds a MSc. in Artificial Intelligence and a MSc. in Physics.

Yossi Feinberg
The Adams Distinguished Professor of Management and Professor of Economics
Stanford Graduate School of Business

Yossi Feinberg received his PhD in Mathematics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1997. His thesis studied how differing prior beliefs of decision makers can be expressed by their disagreement on current (posterior) events. After completing his dissertation under the supervision of Nobel Laureate Professor Robert J. Aumann, Yossi began teaching economics at Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Yossi joined Stanford GSB in 1998. His teaching interests include Economics of Organization, Managerial Economics, Strategy, Information Markets, Game Theory and Applied Decision Making. In 2003 he received the MBA distinguished teaching award.

Yossi’s recent research interests include, for example, the analysis and implication of strategic decision making in the face of unawareness. He has modeled games with unawareness and their solutions. In these games each decision maker can reason about the extent to which others may only have a limited perception of the full scale of the economic interaction at hand. Yossi was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Theory and is serving as a referee for all major microeconomics journals. He has given numerous invited seminars as well as multiple plenary talks at academic conferences.

Yossi has been consulting in a wide range of industries including hi-tech, media and healthcare as well as giving invited talks on topics such as pricing, the sub-prime crisis, in-house vs. outsourcing, allocating decision power in organizations and strategic interactions. He is the faculty director of Stanford Ignite, a global innovation program running on the Stanford Campus.




Past events

June 25, 2019: Post-Industrial Forum, London Launch at Ashurst LLP in the City of London
June 20, 2019: The human side of disruption: investor opportunities in
a changing landscape, Allocate 2019, London, United Kingdom
November 29, 2018: Business Unchained: Can corporates survive the Post-Industrial Transition?
June 28, 2018: Keynote: Post-Lean Thinking: How Corporates can become Disruptors, Centre for the Digital Revolution, London, United Kingdom
June 27, 2018: Keynote: Private Equity in the Post-Industrial Transition, Allocate 2018, London, United Kingdom
April 19, 2018: Keynote: Post-Lean and Disruption in the Automotive Industry, Hyundai, Silicon Valley
September 26, 2017: Keynote: Disruptive Corporate Innovation in a Post-Lean Era, The SF Vault, San Francisco
July 18, 2017: Workshop: Private Equity in the Post-Industrial Transition, London, United Kingdom
June 12, 2017: Keynote at the Global PE Alliance Annual Summit, Las Vegas
May 24, 2017: Special Session on Post-Lean and disruptive innovation at Global Corporate Venturing Symposium, London
April 19, 2017: Keynote at Norwegian Institute for Directors Annual Conference, Oslo, Norway
January 25, 2017: Special Panel at Global Corporate Venturing and Innovation Summit, Sonoma, California
January 17, 2017: Keynote at FSN Capital Annual Portfolio Company Conference, Oslo, Norway
November 1, 2016: Executive Workshop hosted by Amesto, Oslo, Norway
October 5, 2016: Webinar: Post-Lean Thinking: New Horizons for Corporate Innovation
September 13, 2016: Keynote at YPO GNS conference in Miami, Florida
June 15, 2016: Executive Workshop hosted by Google Norway, Oslo, Norway
June 7, 2016: Executive Workshop hosted by Nordic Innovation House, Palo Alto, California
April 27, 2016: Keynote at YPO Technology Network Summit, Santa Monica, California
April 1, 2016: Presentation at Global Technology Symposium, San Francisco, California
March 11, 2016: Executive Workshop hosted by Sopra Steria, Oslo, Norway