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Sean Ness

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Director, Business Development, Institute for the Future. Penn State grad.

Director, Business Development, Institute for the Future. Penn State grad.

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The Stirr Network

Positions

Director, Business Development Institute for the Future July 2012 - present
Business Development Manager Institute for the Future September 2004 - July 2012
Co-Founder The Stirr Network March 2006 - December 2009
Business Development Various Startups August 1993 - September 2004

Education

IMD Business School Leadership 2015 - 2015
Stanford University Continuing Studies 2009 - 2013
Penn State University Polymer Science 1988 - 1993

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Financial Services
  • • Media
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Smart Home
  • • Sports
  • • Transportation
  • • Wearable Tech

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Alessandro Voto
Co-Lead, Blockchain Futures Lab, Institute for the Future and Research Manager, Institute for the Future. University of California, Santa Cruz g
Extensive experience applying foresight across sectors (health, work, governance, etc.) to companies and consortiums, both domestic and inte ... rnational. Advises companies on how they can best use foresight toward their strategic goals.
Jeff Clavier
Board Member, Investor, Curse, Inc. and Managing Partner, SoftTech VC.
Jeremy Sabol
We worked together  •  Lecturer, Stanford Center for Professional Development and Lecturer, Master of Liberal Arts Program, Stanford University. Yale grad.
Sean is excellent at what he does - he has deep insights into what's going on right now, and he thinks full-time for a living about what may ... soon happen. He's also a very astute listener, and therefore has good insights into how your needs and concerns map onto the larger landscape of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Mark Schar
We worked together  •  Lecturer - School of Engineering, Stanford University and Senior Researcher, Stanford University. Stanford grad. Kellogg grad.
Sean brings a unique, futurists perspective. He also is a salesman, so he is grounded in the reality of making things happens. He'd be a g ... reat addition to any start-up team advisory panel.
Olli Pitkänen
Research Director at IPR University Center, expert in IT law.
He is enthusiastic and has interesting profound views on the future.
Chandra Rebne
We worked together  •  Program Manager, WDHB Strategic Learning. Previously HR MBA Intern (EMEA), LinkedIn. University of California, Santa Barbara grad.
Sean is an incredibly personable and easy going guy. I have worked with him at WDHB to connect retail executives and banking executives to t ... he foresight community. He is an inspiring speaker and I highly recommend him, as he is very reliable and good at what he does.
Lisbeth Smestad
We worked together  •  Program Manager, Innovation Norway. Previously Manager, Norwegian Trade Council, San Francisco.
I love bringing clients to Sean, he is a pleasure to work with. Sean is an amazing speaker with deep insight, knowledge and intelligence. ... He is very accommodating and understands his clients needs.
Chun-Mei Zhao
We worked together  •  Director of Custom Programs, Stanford University and Director of China Programs, Stanford University.
Sean is a key connector among a broad network of innovation thought leaders. He understands the value of bringing the right players together ... and creating healthy friction to allow innovation to flourish. He has a relaxed way to engage people and is able to communicate complex technologies and concepts in easily understood way. He is responsive and fun to work with!
Sunita Lauber
We worked together  •  Head of Business Development EMEA, WDHB Strategic Learning. Previously Program Manager, WDHB Strategic Learning.
Because he literally knows everyone and is super good at making relevant connections between people and between contents as well!

Alessandro Voto
Co-Lead, Blockchain Futures Lab, Institute for the Future and Research Manager, Institute for the Future. University of California, Santa Cruz g
Alex is a rising star at IFTF. He can quickly synthesize a range of forecasts, forces, and signals and explain them in plain language to an ... y audience. Looking forward to seeing how he makes blockchain approachable and forecastable for our clients!

Chun-Mei Zhao
We worked together  •  Director of Custom Programs, Stanford University and Director of China Programs, Stanford University.
Chun-Mei is a key facilitator for a diverse range of individuals and organizations. She is focused on creating provocative and inspiring en ... gagements and has the connections to pull them off time and time again. She is a perfect collaborator and I always look forward to working with her.