Who We Are

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

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.

Ed Catmull

Ed Catmull is co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and former president of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation. Ed is also the author of Creativity, Inc..

Barry Schwartz

Barry Schwartz is best known for his incredible book The Paradox of Choice, and he was also a prolific writer and researcher as a professor of psychology at Swathmore College for five decades.

Susan David

Susan David, Ph.D. is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. Her new #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Emotional Agility describes the psychological skills critical to thriving in times of complexity and change.

Jacqueline Novogratz

Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen, a non-profit global venture capital fund and the author of the bestseller, The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor.

Scott Barry Kaufman

Scott Barry Kaufman is a humanistic psychologist, author, podcaster, and science writer. His latest book Transcend – A bold reimagining of Maslow’s famous hierarchy of needs and new insights for realizing your full potential.

Jonathan Haidt

Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist and Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is the author of bestsellers, The Righteous Mind and The Heterodox Academy.

Leslie Blodgett

Leslie Blodgett is a beauty industry pioneer, creator of bareMinerals, angel investor, and philanthropist. Her new book Pretty Good Advice features 97 candid and entertaining insights on business, life, and beauty.

Aarti Shahani

Aarti Shahani is the author of memoir Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares. She is a contributor to NPR based in Silicon Valley, covering the largest companies on earth.

Zeynep Ton

Zeynep is an adjunct associate professor in the Operations Management group at MIT Sloan School of Management and the author of The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs and Boost Profits. She had previously spent seven years on the faculty at Harvard Business School.

Ron Lieber

Ron Lieber is an American journalist who writes the “Your Money” column for The New York Times. He is the author of The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money.

Safi Bahcall

Safi Bahcall is an American physicist, technologist, business executive, and author. His first book, Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries, has been translated into 18 languages.

Robert Sutton

Robert Sutton is Professor of Management Science and Engineering and Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford. His latest book is The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal With People Who Treat You Like Dirt.

David Epstein

David Epstein is a science writer and investigative reporter, and author of the New York Times bestsellers Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, and The Sports Gene, which has been translated in 20 languages.

Tim Harford

Tim Harford, “the Undercover Economist”, is a Financial Times columnist, BBC broadcaster and author of seven books – most recently “Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy”. His latest project is the podcast “Cautionary Tales”.

Marco Annunziata

Marco Annunziata is Co-Founder of Annunziata + Desai Advisors providing expertise on economics, innovation and business strategy.

Jennifer Aaker

Dr. Jennifer Aaker is the General Atlantic Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Dr. Aaker co-authored the award-winning book, The Dragonfly Effect which has been translated into over 10 languages

Lisa Kay Solomon

Lisa Kay Solomon is a bestselling author, educator, speaker, and change agent. She co-authored the Wall Street Journal bestseller, Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change.

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. 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 X, the Moonshot Factory.

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.

Rita Gunther McGrath

Rita Gunther McGrath is a professor at Columbia Business School and author of the best-selling The End of Competitive Advantage and Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen (Sept. 2019).

Jonah Sachs

Jonah Sachs is the author of Unsafe Thinking: How to be Nimble and Bold When You Need it Most and Winning the Story Wars.

Marissa King

Marissa King is a professor at Yale School of Management. Her work examines social influence, social networks, and team dynamics.

Julie Lythcott-Haims

Julie Lythcott-Haims is the author of New York Times bestseller HOW TO RAISE AN ADULT: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success

Beth Comstock

Beth Comstock is a change maker who built a career path from storyteller to chief marketer to GE Vice Chair. She is author of the upcoming book Imagine it Forward about summoning courage and creativity in the face of change.

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 president and CEO of Lincoln Center, the co-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.

Eric Barker

Eric Barker is author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller Barking Up the Wrong Tree and the creator of the blog Barking Up the Wrong Tree, which presents science-based answers and expert insight on how to be awesome at life.

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.

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.

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 Sims is a best-selling author, co-founder of Giving Tuesday, and founder of BLK SHP. His latest book is Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries.

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.

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