The Silicon Guild | Convening Thought Leadership in the New Economy


 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.

Nir Eyal

Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.”

Susan Cain

Susan Cain is the co-founder of Quiet Revolution LLC and the author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking.

Tom Rath

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

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.

Alison Levine

Alison Levine is a history-making polar explorer and mountaineer. She served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition and climbed the highest peak on each continent.

Andrew Zolli

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.

Andy Smith

Tech VC by choice, geek by destiny, Andy Smith is a General Partner at Center Electric, LLC where he invests in and helps grow early-stage companies as they build the Internet of Things (IoT).

Astro Teller

Astro Teller is an entrepreneur, scientist, and author, with expertise in the field of intelligent technology. Dr. Astro Teller currently oversees Google[x].

Barry Posner

Barry Posner is the Accolti Endowed Professor of Leadership at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University, where he served for 12 years as Dean of the School.

Brian Solis

Brian Solis is a digital analyst, anthropologist, and also a futurist. In his work at Altimeter Group, Solis studies the effects of disruptive technology on business and society.

Charlene Li

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.

Chip Heath

Chip Heath is a professor of organizational behavior at Stanford Graduate School of Business, teaching courses on business strategy and organizations.

Chris Yeh

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.

Dan Ariely

Dan Ariely is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty.

Daniel Pink

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.

Danielle Teller

Danielle Teller attended Queen’s University during her undergraduate years, and she received her medical training at McGill University, Brown University and Yale University.

David Aaker

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.

Frans Johannson

A highly sought-after keynote speaker and business strategist, Frans Johannson is the author of The Medici Effect, an international bestseller that shattered assumptions about how great ideas happen.

Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, and the forthcoming Better Than Before.

Heather Grant

Heather McLeod Grant is the founder and principal of McLeod-Grant Advisors, and a published author, speaker/trainer, and consultant with more than twenty years experience in the social sector.

Henry Chesbrough

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

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.

Jim Kouzes

Jim Kouzes is a bestselling author, an award-winning speaker and, according to the Wall Street Journal, one of the twelve best executive educators in the United States.

Kevin Roose

Kevin Roose is a writer, an editor, and a TV maker. His book Young Money (2014) was a New York Times bestseller, and was optioned for a TV series by Fox Television Studios.

Lenny Mendonca

Lenny Mendonca is a director emeritus (retired senior partner) from the Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm.

Morten Hansen

Morten Hansen is the co-author of Great By Choice and author of Collaboration. He is a management professor at the University of California, Berkeley (School of Information) and at INSEAD, France.

Nancy Duarte

Nancy Duarte is a communication expert who has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Wired, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, and on CNN.

Nilofer Merchant

From working with Steve Jobs at Apple, to defeating Microsoft in an epic industry battle, to advising the C-Suites of IBM, Logitech and more, Nilofer Merchant brings blue-chip pedigree to her work.

Ori Brafman

Ori Brafman is coauthor of The Starfish and the Spider and the New York Times bestseller Sway. A renowned organizational expert, he regularly consults with Fortune 500 corporations.

Peter Sims

Peter’s latest book “Little Bets,” came out of his work at Stanford’s Institute of Design, as well as his previous work in venture capital.

Rom Brafman

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

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

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.

Scott Anthony

Scott D. Anthony is the Managing Partner of Innosight, a consulting and investment company that focuses on strategic transformation, disruptive change, and business model innovation.

Tina Seelig

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

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.

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