Upcoming Talks

O’Reilly OSCON 2010

Title: “Doctor, I Have a Problem With My Innovation…”
Date: July, 2010
Location: Portland, Oregon

eBay Developer’s Conference

Date: June 8, 2010
Location: San Jose, California
Site: eBay Developers Conference

Talks you missed:

SenseMaking 2010

Title: Liars, Thieves and Amateur Statisticians
Date: May, 2010
Location: The Poynter Institute

SXSWi – South By Southwest Interactive

Title: Dangerous Curves: Hockey Sticks, Swine Flu And More
Date: March, 2009
Location: Austin, Texas

Those who don’t understand history are doomed to repeat it. Control the destiny of your business and technology by mastering the early detection of elusive patterns of growth – and decline. Learn the five dangerous curves so you can understand where you are, what’s next, and how to avoid common pitfalls. SXSW Panel

O’Reilly OSCON

Date: July 23, 2009
Location: San Jose, California

eBay Developer’s Conference

Date: June 17, 2009
Location: San Jose, California
Site: eBay Developers Conference

Marketing 2.0

Date: March 30-31st, 2009
Location: Paris, France
Site: Marketing 2.0 Conference

Social-Media Innovation – there are no unicorns and other lessons learned while running an innovation team

  • Lessons of Innovations Management of eBay’s Disruptive Innovation team
  • Influence of Social Media on product innovations management
  • What questions to be answered when someone tells you to “go innovate”

Innovation Immersion Conference – symposium speaker

Date: October 20th, 2008
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Site: Innovation Immersion, 2008

In a world where all paths are equal, none are worth taking. When given the opportunity to “innovate”, we are often smothered by the possibilities because we place no constraints on the problems or solution. By carefully focusing our attention on the green, growing edge surrounding your problem of interest, you can dramatically increase your quality and quantity of thinking around innovative ideas and strategies.

Web 2.0 EXPO, NYC

Date: September 17th, 2008
Location: New York, New York: Javits Center
Site: Web 2.0 EXPO, NYC

Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD. VHS vs. Beta. PC vs. Mac. AC vs. DC. As long as platforms have been a valuable resource, wars have been fought to control them. Eventually, either through trickery, persistence, or legislation, all wars come to an end. By understanding these wars, old and new, we’ll be better prepared to survive the next.

eBay Developer’s Conference – keynote

Date: June 16-18, 2008
Location: Chicago, IL
Site: eBay Devcon

Norwegian Business Conference

Date: March 31st, 2008
Location: Hotel 480, San Francisco, CA
Site: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Silicon Valley

Thuiswinkel.org Home Shopping Awards 2008 – keynote

Date: March 27, 2008
Location: Grand Hotel Huis Ter Duin, Noordwijk aan Zee, the Netherlands
Site: Dutch National Home-Shopping Awards 2008

Youth Marketing MEGA Event – keynote

Date: March 2-5, 2008
Location: Newport Beach Resort & Spa in Newport Beach, CA

Adobe International Sales and Marketing Conference

Date: Wednesday, December 12th, 2007
Time: 12:00am – 4:00pm
Location: San Jose Convention Center

IBM Brown Bag series – guest speaker

Date: Thursday, September 27th, 2007
Time: 12:00am – 1:00pm
Location: IBM Almaden Research Lab

EMERCE e.day

Date: Thursday, September 13th
Time: 11:15am – 12:00pm
Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands

The e.day conference is the premier event of 2007 where inspiring speakers and innovative companies shed light on the latest technologies and trends. The core event of e.day 2007 is the conference, which showcases international speakers from a variety of Internet-related fields. eday07

O’Reilly Open Source Convention

Date: Wednesday, July 25
Time: 4:30pm – 5:15pm
Location: Portland, OR

All too often when we sit down with a new technology, we get distracted with what we could do instead of focusing on what we should do. With our quiver full of buzzwords like Ajax, “social networking,” and “LAMP stack,” our products get driven by an ever-increasing technological capability instead of a true understanding of customer needs and desires. OSCON07

eBay Developer’s Conference

Date: June 11th-13th, 2007
Location: San Francisco, CA
Site: ebaydevcon07

Web 2.0 EXPO, San Francisco

Date: April 15th-18th, 2007
Location: San Francisco, CA
Site: web20expo07



  1. Hi Rolf,
    Thanks again for the inspiring presentation, yesterday at our small session at E-Day. It was a great succes.
    So I have a question. Since some of our quest were very interested in getting your presentation, are you willing to send us a copy?



  2. Rolf,
    thanks for you presentation on the Emerce e.day yesterday. Substance and form brilliant!



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