Who We Are

The Silicon Guild is a group of thought leaders and best-selling authors who write about the ideas and trends shaping business and society.

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.

Patty McCord

Patty McCord is an advisor, consultant, and the author of the upcoming book Powerful: Teams, Leaders and the Culture of Freedom and Responsibility. She is the former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix and author of the Netflix Culture Deck.

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.

Emma Seppälä

Emma Seppälä is Science Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, Co-Director of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project, and Faculty Director of the Yale School of Management’s Women’s Leadership Program. She is the author of The Happiness Track.

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].

Navi Radjou

Navi Radjou is an innovation and leadership advisor and bestselling author based in Silicon Valley. Navi’s most recent book is Frugal Innovation: How To Do More With Less.

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.

Tom Kelley

Tom Kelley is the best-selling author of Creative Confidence, The Art of Innovation and a partner at the renowned design and innovation consultancy IDEO.

Rik Kirkland

Rik Kirkland is Director of Publishing at McKinsey & Company, where he has led the firm’s global print and online activities since 2008. Previously he was the editor of FORTUNE magazine

Chip Conley

Chip Conley is an American hotelier, hospitality entrepreneur, author, and speaker. Conley is the founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality and the former Global Head of Hospitality and Strategy at Airbnb.

Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson cofounded Rose Park Advisors, a boutique investment firm, with Clayton Christensen, and is the author of Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work.

Chris Shipley

Chris Shipley has spent more than 30 years entrenched in the technology industry as a journalist, analyst, event producer and startup mentor, roles that provided a front-row seat to the transformations brought about by digital innovation.

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the President and CEO of New America and the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Emily Esfahani Smith

Emily Esfahani Smith is the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters. She is a columnist for The New Criterion and an editor at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, where she advises the Ben Franklin Circles Project.

Henry Timms

Henry Timms is the executive director of 92nd Street Y, the founder of #GivingTuesday, and the author of Understanding New Power.

Caroline Webb

Caroline Webb is CEO of Sevenshift, a firm that shows people how to use insights from behavioral science to improve their working life, and the author of How To Have A Good Day.

John Hagel

John Hagel is co-chairman for Deloitte LLP’s Center for the Edge with nearly 35 years of experience as a management consultant, author, speaker, and entrepreneur. He is the author of The Power of Pull, Net Gain, Net Worth, Out of the Box and The Only Sustainable Edge.

Peter Bergen

Peter Bergen is a print and television journalist, documentary producer, think tank executive, and the author of five books, three of which were New York Times bestsellers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.