Beyond Hubs: Decentralized Innovation

November 16, 2022, 5pm-8pm
SRI International, Menlo Park

Innovation has long been centralized in hubs. In the U.S., Hollywood has dominated the film industry, Detroit the auto industry, and New York has led the financial services sector. Silicon Valley long enjoyed an enviable density of entrepreneurs and investors, but other strong hubs have emerged as well. These include Singapore, NYC, Tel Aviv, London, Tokyo, Bangalore, Shanghai, Austin, Stockholm, Los Angeles, and Berlin. Silicon Valley still leads. As of the fall of 2022, Global 2000 companies operate 94 corporate venturing offices and 104 R&D centers in Silicon Valley.

The innovation landscape has shifted powerfully – twice. First, with the Internet making global real-time collaboration possible, and then again with the Pandemic forcing many to work from home. With about 40% of Americans working from home and distributed work becoming mainstream, innovation is now increasingly decentralized. In this session, we will look at what happens as innovation moves beyond traditional innovation hubs.


Deborah Magid
Director of Strategy, IBM Ventures

Matthieu Soulé
Head of Silicon Vally Innovation Lab, BNP Paribas Group

Stefan Petzov
VP Innovation and Technology, Silicon Valley, Swisscom

Laureen Knudsen
Chief Transformation Officer, Broadcom Software

Frode Odegard
CEO, Post-Industrial Institute

Suresh Sunderrajan
President, Commercialization Group, SRI International