Innovation Forum Lecture    MD6201
Innovation Forum: The Future of How Products Are Made: No Product Is an Island
Ben Einstein
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, Katy George + 5 co-speakers
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From traditionally complex and large systems; such as spaceships, airplanes, and cars; to everyday products connected to the Internet of Things; such as wearable fitness devices, home appliances, and car infotainment systems; the products we make are becoming increasingly complex, multi-disciplinary, and interconnected. This requires a shift in our approach to design: from defining digital 3D models of assemblies and parts to defining entire systems; from analyzing components in isolation to analyzing whole systems; from delivering a product that satisfies the technical requirements to delivering an operational capability that satisfies a business problem.


Ben Einstein is an experienced product designer and investor. Ben is currently the Managing Director of Bolt, an early-stage seed fund focused exclusively on hardware startups. In addition to seed capital, Bolt invests full-time staff, shop equipment, and extensive expertise with manufacturing and commercialization. Prior to starting Bolt, Ben ran Brainstream Design, a product design and development consultancy in Massachusetts. Ben has been directly responsible for bringing a long list of products to market covering diverse sectors including consumer electronics, high-performance audio, sporting goods and green energy.
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Katy George
Katy George leads McKinseyês Global Manufacturing Practice. She focuses on the impact of global macroeconomic trends and advanced technologies on manufacturing strategies. She joined McKinsey 18 years ago after completing a PhD in business economics at Harvard.
Justin R. Chambers is a PhD student in mechanical engineering. Working in diverse research and startup environments, he has founded 2 companies, plays a significant role in 2 other partnerships, and supports innovative efforts in nanotechnology research and development.
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Ben Einstein is an experienced product designer and the managing director of Bolt, an early-stage seed fund focused exclusively on hardware startups. Prior to starting Bolt, he ran Brainstream Design, a product design and development consultancy.
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Renee DiResta is a principal at OêReilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV) where she invests in seed-stage technology startups, researches emerging technology trends, and supports portfolio companies. Prior to joining OATV, she was an equity derivatives trader.
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Matthew Stanton is the CEO and co-founder of SolePower, a company that develops wearable, power-generating devices. Prior to founding SolePower, Stanton worked as a mechanical engineer. He is an alumnus of Carnegie Mellon University.
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Jon Kirschhoffer is an Industrial Design Specialist in the SEMS UX-ID organization within 3M Corporation. Jon has over 30 years of experience as a designer at 3M, General Electric Medical Systems, freelancing and as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout Industrial Design program. With the majority of his career served at 3M, Jon is extremely well versed in the vast array of technology platforms found internally. Organically grown, Jon is the most 3M experienced Industrial Designer in the company.
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