The mission of the Silicon Guild is to support and empower writers, readers, and leaders alike.
In the changing world of publishing, authors are best served by working together.
We provide our members with an opportunity to collaborate on new work, discuss major trends in publishing and in the new economy, and help give voice to up-and-coming writers.
Readers are best served by engaging with writers in a deeper, more intimate way.
We have listened to readers who want to connect with authors and thought leaders in new and more meaningful ways; our mission is to bring readers closer to thought leaders.
The Silicon Guild is a group of thought leaders and best-selling authors who write about the ideas and trends shaping business and society. We aim to positively impact one billion lives through our work and collaborations.
Tom Rath’s latest business book, “Are You Fully Charged? The Three Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life” will be released in 2015. Tom has written five New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers over the past decade.
Adam Grant is Wharton’s youngest full professor and top-rated teacher. He has been recognized as one of HR’s most influential international thinkers and the world’s top 40 business professors under 40.
Andrew Zolli works at the intersection of global innovation, foresight, social change and resilience. A central thrust of his work has been how to harness the power of networks for collaborative discovery, innovation and change.
Charlene Li is the Founder and CEO of Altimeter Group and the author of five books, including the New York Times bestsellers, Open Leadership and the co-author of the critically acclaimed book, Groundswell.
Chris Yeh has been building Internet businesses since 1995. He is the VP Marketing for PBworks, which provides highly vertical collaboration solutions that help businesses work more efficiently and effectively.
Daniel Pink is the author of several bestselling books about business, work, and behavior. His latest is To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, which uses social science, survey research, and rich stories to offer a fresh look at the art and science of sales.
A recognized authority on brands, David Aaker is Vice Chairman of Prophet and consults exclusively for Prophet clients. He is the creator of the Aaker Model™ and has published more than 100 articles and 15 books.
Henry Chesbrough is an American organizational theorist, adjunct professor and the executive director of the Center for Open Innovation at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University where he has taught since 1979. He is the author or co-author of 14 books.
Peter Sims is a best-selling author, co-founder and Managing Director of The Silicon Guild, and founder of The BLK SHIP Foundation. His latest book is Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries.
Rom Brafman holds a doctoral degree in psychology. He has won awards for excellence in teaching and promoting positive human growth. He is the co-author of Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior.
Ron Lieber is an American journalist who writes the “Your Money” column for The New York Times. From 2002 to 2007, he wrote for The Wall Street Journal, including the “Green Thumb” column on money management.
Sanyin Siang is the founding Executive Director of the Fuqua / Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics. Sanyin revels in convening interdisciplinary and diverse groups towards finding new approaches for complex problems.
Tina Seelig is Professor of the Practice in the Department of Management Science and Engineering (MS&FE) at Stanford School of Engineering, and Executive Director of the Standford Technology Ventures Program.
Vivek Wadhwa is author of The Immigrant Exodus: Why America is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent and Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology.
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The Silicon Guild curates the following offerings:
In an intimate lunch or dinner setting, a small group from a company meets with a member of the Silicon Guild to (a) have an in-depth conversation about a published book and how it may pertain to the particular company, (b) conduct a sneak-preview discussion about current thinking and upcoming work, or (c) engage in a free-flowing conversation about a variety of topics. Companies typically sponsor four salons a year.
An organization’s leaders and management meet with 2–4 selected members of the guild to solve a specific problem that the organization faces. Unlike a typical consulting engagement, managers have the ability to directly engage with thought leaders in a specific area. The White House, for example, engaged the Silicon Guild to explore how novel approaches and social media might be leveraged to fight terrorism.
Silicon Valley “Inside View”
Companies and organizations wishing to gain a deeper knowledge about the latest trends and innovations in Silicon Valley meet with members of the Silicon Guild and with leadership from top tech firms and venture capital firms. Participants gain a deeper understanding of the latest thinking and meet individuals and companies on the cutting edge of change. The Silicon Guild, for instance, maintains close ties with leaders from institutions like Stanford, UC Berkeley, Google, Andreessen Horowitz, Airbnb, Facebook, Tesla, Genentech, and dozens of leading startups.
Bringing together leading authors and professors from Silicon Valley, these seminars provide a deep dive into topics such as organizational structure, innovation, leadership, behavioral economics, and marketing. Drawing upon highly interactive classroom engagement and customized company visits, 12–60 participants gain insight and expertise to lead their organizations in the new economy. Depending on the need, the Silicon Guild has arrangements with UC Berkeley to offer educational credits, as well as the Presidio Institute for sessions next to the Golden Gate Bridge.