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Notes from the Triad Growth Partners 2016 Unconference
By Dennis Stearns
Disruption was a key theme at the Triad Growth Partner’s 2016 Unconference in late September, the invitation-only gathering of over 50 entrepreneurs, innovators, scientists, angel investors and venture capitalists (in sum, generally interesting people doing interesting things). Several researchers profiled their work to commercialize environmental remediation technology that would help change the pace and effectiveness of water clean-up, an important theme in an age when clean water is becoming an increasingly important topic in the U.S. and around the world.
Dr. James Canton, a former Apple executive who worked with Steve Jobs, successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur, researcher and global futurist, presented his 5 game changing technologies that are still in their early innings, and will change our world (for better or worse) forever. They are:
Top Ten forecasts for 2030
McKinsey & Co. says we are living in a time of change that is 10 times faster and 300 times more powerful than the first industrial revolution. Exciting times, but how do we navigate through this period of unprecedented change that lies ahead?
The next 2 installments of the Disruptors will tackle:
Dennis Stearns is a partner in Triad Growth Partners, a technology business accelerator that grew out of the enhanced commercialization focus of the Gateway University Research Park and the Joint School of Nano-Science and Nano-Engineering (JSNN). He is also President of Stearns Financial Group, a fee-only, award winning wealth management firm with offices in Chapel Hill and Greensboro, NC.
Dennis regularly uses his firm’s study of colliding “Super Trends” (technology accelerators, globalization, the global age wave and urbanization), to help clients navigate threats and opportunities in their personal and business financial planning and investment strategies. He has been called “one of the leading scenario experts and futurists” by the Financial Planning Association. Recent awards have included being named one of the Triad’s “Most Admired CEOs” and “Most Influential People” by the Triad Business Journal.
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