David brings 30+ years of experience in strategic business planning, market strategy, and IP strategy. David has mentored numerous entrepreneurs with his expertise in cleantech energy, communications, IT/software, biotechnology, materials, manufacturing, and photonics.
David is an entrepreneurial leader who has built four successful startups as a member of the board, CEO, and line executive in product development, sales, and strategic marketing. He has developed multiple products leveraging technology to provide new customer value; integrated technologies (materials, processes, chips, and software) into manufactured products that add value in telecom, medical devices, instrumentation, and electronics. David’s business leadership includes recognizing market shifts in time to pivot the business focus, hiring standout teams from CEO through engineer, managing IP portfolios leading to 62 issued patents, and leading an international team for four years in Europe as well as raising $50M from Tier-1 VCs and strategic partners.
David received his BS in Electrical Engineering & Physics from MIT and his PhD in Physics from Stanford University.
Banny Banerjee is Director of Stanford ChangeLabs, and teaches Design Innovation and Strategy at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (Stanford University's d.school). His area of expertise is the use of Design Thinking for strategic initiatives and large-scale transformations directed towards sustainable futures. He founded Stanford ChangeLabs, which has ongoing research in Innovation Methodologies and transdisciplinary initiatives aimed at developing a new field: Innovation of Scaled Transformations.
His research initiatives are centered on processes, paradigms, and integrated strategies to address complex challenges such as the future of water, energy, governance systems, and organizational transformations. He is active in helping academic and corporate organizations create new innovation programs and institutions. His work involves combining innovation methodologies with social entrepreneurship, behavioral economics, business, and technology resulting in new approaches, which maintain necessary short-term advantages as well as long-term benefits.
Prior to ChangeLabs, Banny Banerjee served as the Director of The Design Program at Stanford from 2007 to 2010. He was responsible for restructuring the curriculum and rubric of the undergraduate and graduate design programs. During his tenure as director, Prof. Banerjee increased the applicant pool by over a factor of 3. Before his academic appointment at Stanford, Banny spent nearly a decade as a Technology Innovation Lead at the reknowned design firm IDEO.
Banny Banerjee is regarded as one of the leading experts on innovation strategy in the area of sustainable transformations, and is invited frequently to speak on emerging innovation methodologies. He has been invited as an advisor to multiple universities and institutions including Harvard’s Center for International Development, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Danish Design Council, The Government of India, among others. He is currently helping Stanford Dean of the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences Pamela Matson in shaping a new academic degree program around System Transformation, and he has been recently approached by the World Economic Forum to incorporate his methodologies into their processes.
Mariianne Crary brings decades of experience in leadership in public and private sectors. She has lead efforts on job development and unemployment as well as political support functions and strategic talent development. For 10 years, she ran her own consulting firm focused on optimization of leadership and organizations, mastering the art of Change Management.
She is also a serial entrepreneur and has functioned as advisor and coach to startups inside Silicon Valley, especially focused on cross-border startups.
Coming from "outside of Silicon Valley", as many other Silicon Valley citizens do, she has since 2005 studied Silicon Valley as a system. Her studies started during her first Silicon Valley job as a Senior Marketing Manager at Oracle. Her fascination of the Silicon Valley cluster of special talents, she started building the network of Silicon Valley's people and experts.
Educated in business administration, teaching, and organizational development.