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Sean Parker, HP, and Mitch Landrieu on "Rebooting America" through disruptive innovation

Last week, we had an opportunity to head down to New Orleans, Louisiana, to hear from some of the world’s most innovative business people, social entrepreneurs, journalists, and economists talk about innovation in practice at The Daily Beast’s “Reboot America!” Innovator’s Summit.


(If you’re not familiar, The Daily Beast is relatively new media venture founded by Tina Brown, the distinguished former editor of The New Yorker and Vanity Fair.)


The conversations were wide ranging but two themes popped up again and again: innovation in cities like Braddock, Pennsylvania and New Orleans, and the potency of small businesses as engines of economic progress.


Changing the equation at city scale

The event kicked off with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who argued compellingly that his city should be looked at as “a laboratory for innovation and change in education, health care, transportation, [and] technology transfer”:



One organization in Mayor Landrieu’s lab is non-profit The Idea Village, a local group of businesspeople that support NOLA entrepreneurs with a blend of consulting and financial capital.  The companies in The Idea Village’s portfolio generate more than $87 million in annual revenue, creating 1,000 jobs for the community.


HP CMO Michael Mendenhall announced that HP would provide a $100,000 grant to The Idea Village during the conference.  In making the announcement, he remarked that entrepreneurs are the innovation “backbone” of the business world, a comment that echoed his conversation a day earlier with Napster co-founder and former Facebook President Sean Parker.



(above: Sean Parker [far left] and Mendenhall [second from right])

Sean Parker and “business nightmares”

On Friday, author Ken Auletta moderated a panel on digital media that featured Parker and Mendenhall along with two other executives from the advertising and television businesses.


Answering a question from Auletta about what each panelist’s “business nightmare” was, Mendenhall said that democratized access to technology has expanded the definition of “potential threat” for HP, and that the company “can’t just look at other big companies” because brands can be made overnight on the Web.  To help address this issue, he added that it was critical to have the capability to scan the Internet for emerging issues.


Sean Parker jumped in and took the perspective of the disruptor, underscoring Mendenhall’s view on asymmetric competition by saying that he is constantly looking at incumbents in existing industries and asking himself, “Where are the weaknesses I can exploit?”


Parker famously answered that question for the music business in 1999 with Napster, which turned the existing distribution and discovery model on its head.  In the clip below, Sean discusses some of his goal to “fix what I broke” via another music service, Spotify:



Next steps

The summit featured more than a few other insights into topics like education and the media business from serial innovators like Barry Diller, HP’s Shane Robison, and Vinod Khosla; stay tuned for more later this week here on Data Central.


To learn more about HP's vision for "City 2.0", read this interview with HP Labs sustainability expert Chandrakant Patel.

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HP Ranked on Newsweek's Top Green List

(Posted by Engelina Jaspers, VP Environmental Sustainability, HP)


Yesterday, Newsweek announced their 2010 Newsweek Green Rankings. HP is honored to be recognized on the US Top 500 list, as well as ranked as part of the new Global 100 list. We’re also proud to note that among all the companies recognized, those in the technology industry ranked in 7 of the top 20 spots on the Global 100 list and 8 of the top 10 spots on the US 500 list. 

For decades HP has been a leader in environmental responsibility and has adopted practices in product development, operations and supply chain that are transparent and help to reduce its environmental impact.

These rankings are very helpful as a third party perspective on where we stand as companies against our peers. But more so it provides an opportunity to showcase the outstanding progress that companies are making in the area of green and sustainable practices.

The Smart2020 report by The Climate Group, with analytical support from McKinsey, estimates that the IT industry has the potential of reducing global GHG emissions by 15 percent from business as usual by 2020, while saving over $900 billion. This is based on current technology, without including the added benefits of future innovation. The IT industry is responsible for about 2 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, including product manufacturing and use. While, as an industry, we strive to reduce our footprint, the greater opportunity is using IT to address the other 98 percent (businesses outside the IT sector).

As IT companies continue to climb the rankings for our own sustainability, we also have the potential to impact non-IT companies and their own sustainability rankings. Through innovative technologies, we hope to pave the way to more sustainable economic growth by measuring consumption, driving greater efficiency in using resources, and displacing energy-intensive processes altogether throughout all industries.

Labels: Sustainability

HP Introduces webOS 2.0 and Palm Pre 2 – Helpful links and resources

Today, HP announced the most significant update to webOS ever -- webOS 2.0 -- along with a new phone, the Palm Pre 2.


For the full details, including carrier availability, check out today’s press release and the official Palm blog.


palm-pre-2.jpgSome highlights from today’s news:

1.       Multitasking is being enhanced with the new Stacks feature, which logically groups together your open apps.

2.       Enhancements in Just Type make it even easier to start common activities, like composing an email, creating a message, updating your status, or searching your favorite websites. All you have to do is start typing and webOS takes you there.

3.       With webOS 2.0, your browser can now display Flash content thanks to the Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta.

4.       Verizon Wireless customers using webOS 2.0 will be able to use Skype Mobile for Skype-to-Skype calls and messaging.

5.       webOS 2.0 will show up first on the new Palm Pre 2, also introduced today. Developers will be able to buy an unlocked UMTS version of Pre 2 in the U.S.

6.       The Pre 2 is faster (it’s the first Palm phone with a gigahertz processor), features a 5-megapixel camera, and still offers the pleasing combination of a vivid touchscreen and a slide-out keyboard.


More information about the developer purchase program for Palm Pre 2 can be found here and more details on webOS 2.0 are available here.


Comment from Jon Rubinstein, general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, and senior vice president, HP:


“With webOS 2.0, we’re advancing the innovations we introduced 16 months ago, expanding the features that make webOS great for consumers, enterprises and developers.  We’ve made tremendous strides since the platform launched, and now we’re taking our biggest leap forward with powerful new features that make it easier to get more things done with your webOS device.”

HP’s Robison and Mendenhall head to New Orleans to talk innovation at the Reboot America summit

reboot_logo.jpgBeginning this Thursday, HP Chief Strategy and Technology Officer Shane Robison and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Mendenhall will be in New Orleans to help brainstorm new ways to “Reboot America.”

We’re pleased to share that the entire event, which is being hosted by The Daily Beast, will be broadcast live on the web.  We’ll also be headed to NOLA ourselves to bring you as many hallway conversations and behind-the-scenes insight as we can.

Follow the rest of the conversation (and send us your thoughts and questions) here on Data Central, on Twitter at @hpnews, or on Facebook.

You can also track the event via The Daily Beast’s Reboot America Facebook page and Twitter feed.

More helpful links and resources:

Reboot America homepage

Full list of panelists (including thought leaders like Vinod Khosla, Sean Parker, Barry Diller, Peter Orszag, Diane von Furstenberg, and more)


For a preview of what Shane and Michael will be talking about, check out the video below, where Shane discusses his thoughts on why information is our greatest resource:

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