Professor Stuart Evans Moderates Panel on “Innovation in Practice”-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Professor Stuart Evans Moderates Panel on “Innovation in Practice”-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Professor Stuart Evans Moderates Panel on “Innovation in Practice”

Professor Stuart Evans, distinguished service professor at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, moderated a panel for the Tepper School of Business at the Plug and Play Center on Friday, January 8, 2010. The panel was part of the Tepper Entrepreneurship Trek, a group of students visiting the Silicon Valley to explore entrepreneurial endeavors and successful start-ups in Silicon Valley. Panelists included Saar Gur, partner, Charles River Ventures; Sally Madsen, designer, IDEO Social Innovation Group; Ge Wang, co-founder & CTO, Smule; Yishan Wong, director of engineering, Facebook; and Matt Humphrey, stealth-mode entrepreneur.

Dr. Evans teaches “Innovation & Entrepreneurship” in the MS Software Management program at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley. Dr. Evans sees innovation as an essential ingredient for an idea to become a successful business. "As entrepreneurs, you need to focus on innovation in practice. Effective execution is the critical foundation for creating value in every successful high tech venture,” said Evans. “This is largely a function of timing, team chemistry and a willingness to recalibrate based on empirical feedback.”

Vineet Nair, a Carnegie Mellon student attending the panel, found the panelists to be inspiring. "The insights and experiences of the panelists and Prof. Evans on innovation were very inspiring. There are so many problems and opportunities in our day to day lives waiting to be discovered. Providing a solution for these unmet needs is innovation in plain and simple words. I’m grateful for the perspectives of the amazing panel and Prof. Evans!" said Nair.

Dr. Evans is a board member, educator and author, focusing on dynamic high tech ventures. His professional career spans research, teaching, consulting, investing and executive management. He has published widely on high tech ventures. His latest book Super-Flexibility for Knowledge Enterprises (Springer, 2005, second edition, 2009) is co-authored with Prof. Homa Bahrami from the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley. The book is based on their collective field research and practical experience in Silicon Valley since 1982. It puts forward a practical toolkit for dynamic adaptation in high tech ecosystem.