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Tony Seba

Economy / Economics, Energy, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Green Business, Innovation, Technology

Travels from California, USA

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Tony Seba is the author of Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation—How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030, Solar Trillions—7 Market and Investment Opportunities in the Emerging Clean-Energy Economy and Winner Takes All—9 Fundamental Rules of High Tech Strategy.

Tony Seba is a keynote speaker, author, thought leader, serial entrepreneur, and educator. He has been an advisor to policy-makers, investors, and corporation, and is on the board of directors or advisory boards of CloudM, a Health and Safety software company; Powerhouse, a solar incubator and accelerator; Mercatus, an Energy Investment Management software company; Everblaze Energy, a connected solar device startup company, and Hackidemia, an educational lab focused on teaching children hands-on STEM-based invention skills.

He brings 20+ years of solid operating experience in fast-growth high tech and clean technology companies. He was the founder and CEO of PrintNation.com, a B2B ecommerce site which he established as the undisputed leader in its market segment, winning top industry awards such as the Upside Hot 100 and the Forbes.com B2B Best of the Web. Seba led two venture capital rounds raising more than $31 million in funding from well-known venture funds. He developed strategic relationships with leading companies including Microsoft, Visa, Netscape, and Sun Microsystems. Seba has been responsible for the architecture, development, and commercialization of more than two dozen products and services, many of them disruptive, including Java security, electronic payment technology, sales force automation, computer-aided software engineering and ecommerce infrastructure.

He is an instructor at Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program, where he has taught entrepreneurship, disruption, and clean energy. He has created and taught the following courses: “Understanding and Leading Market Disruption,” “Clean Energy and Transportation: Market and Investment Opportunities,” “Strategic Marketing of High Tech and Cleantech,” “Finance for Marketing, Engineers, and Entrepreneurs,” and “Business and Revenue Models Innovation.” He has also taught at top business school around the world such as The Auckland University (New Zealand) Business School, Singularity University, and in-company at some of the world’s top high tech companies such as Google.

He has been a keynote speaker at hundreds of conferences and company events where he has addressed some of the world’s most pressing topics: technology-based disruption, entrepreneurship, innovation, and the future of energy and transportation. He has been featured in global media including Business Week, Investors Business Daily, Forbes, NPR, Fast Company, TV Chosun, Das Erste, FD Nieuws, CNBC, CBC, and more.

Seba is the author of Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation: How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030 (2014), Solar Trillions: 7 Market and Investment Opportunities in the Emerging Clean-Energy Economy (2010), and Winner Takes All: 9 Fundamental Rules of High Tech Strategy (2007).

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    AUTHOR and THOUGHT LEADER
    Tony Seba is the author of Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation—How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030, Solar Trillions—7 Market and Investment Opportunities in the Emerging Clean-Energy Economy and Winner Takes All—9 Fundamental Rules of High Tech Strategy.

    EDUCATOR
    He is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Stanford University where he teaches entrepreneurship, disruption, and clean energy. He has created and taught the following courses: “Understanding and Leading Market Disruption”, “Clean Energy and Transportation—Market and Investment Opportunities”, “Strategic Marketing of High Tech and Cleantech”, “Finance for Marketing, Engineers, and Entrepreneurs” and “Business and Revenue Models Innovation”, He teaches at top business school around the world such as The Auckland University (New Zealand) Business School at Singularity University, and in-company at some of the world’s top high tech companies such as Google, Inc.

    ENTREPRENEUR
    Tony Seba brings 20+ years of solid operating experience in fast-growth high tech and clean technology companies. He was the founder and CEO of PrintNation.com a B2B ecommerce site which he established as the undisputed leader in its market segment, winning such top industry awards as the Upside Hot 100 and the Forbes.com B2B ‘Best of the Web’. Seba led two venture capital rounds raising more than $31 million in funding from well-known venture funds, hired a complete management team, 100+ employees, and managed the development of strategic partnerships with some of the world’s top companies.

    Mr. Seba was an early employee at Internet powerhouse Cisco Systems and RSA Data Security where he worked in business development and strategic planning. He developed strategic relationships with leading companies including Microsoft, Visa, Netscape, and Sun Microsystems. Seba has been responsible for the architecture, development, and commercialization of more than two dozen products and services, many of them disruptive, including Java security, electronic payment technology, sales force automation, computer-aided software engineering and ecommerce infrastructure.

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER
    Seba speaks frequently at disruption, entrepreneurship, innovation, energy and transportation conferences and company events. He has been featured in ComputerWorld, Business Week, Investors Business Daily, Forbes, Fast Company, Success and other media and holds entrepreneurship awards such as BridgeGate’s Top 20 Difference-makers.

    ADVISOR and BOARD MEMBER
    Tony teachhingTony Seba has been an advisor in the development of more than 400 MW of Wind and Solar Power. He is a principal at Aegis Technology Ventures and is on the advisory boards of CloudM, SFUNCube solar accelerator, Hackidemia. He was previously on the Board of Directors of the Stanford Alumni Consulting Team and the San Francisco Jazz Organization. He has worked on ACT projects for organizations such as Stanford Office of Technology Licensing, Yerba Buena Center for The Arts and Girls Scouts USA.

    EDUCATION
    Tony Seba holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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CLEAN DISRUPTION OF ENERGY AND TRANSPORTATION
How Silicon Valley is making Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030

We are on the cusp of the most radical transformation in energy and transportation in a century. Exponentially improving technologies such as solar, electric vehicles, and autonomous (self-driving) cars are turning the industrial-era energy industry on its head and making the gasoline vehicle obsolete.

Just like the PC, the Internet, and the cell phone disrupted the old paradigm of information, computing and telecommunications, a new architecture of energy is transforming the century-old centralized, resource-based, utility-centric energy model with a distributed, mobile, knowledge-based, and user-centric model. Homes, buildings, and cars are no longer passive energy consumers but adaptive learning systems with the ability to generate, store, manage, and transmit power intelligently. The implications are far-reaching: conventional energy sources (oil, nuclear, natural gas, and coal), the internal combustion engine, and the utility business models are on the cusp of disruption. Public and private transportation will be transformed, logistics and shipping will be disrupted and the urban landscape will be reshaped.

PERMANENT DISRUPTION
Technology Megatrends and Keys to Understanding, Anticipating and Leading Market Disruption.

This is the age of Permanent Disruption where every business in every industry now faces constant existential threats. The combination of exponentially improving technologies, rapidbusiness model innovation, and instant access to global investors are enabling disruptors tocreate new markets and destroy trillions of dollars of incumbent revenues at an ever-faster pace. Trillion dollar industries on the cusp of major disruption include telecoms, energy,transportation, manufacturing, retail, finance, apparel, health care, real estate, construction and education. Traditional strategy is obsolete and choosing to wait until these technologies are fully developed is choosing to be disrupted.

How can you anticipate and lead market disruption rather than be surprised when it is too late for your company or industry to react? How can you become the disruptor rather than disrupted?Tony Seba will present examples of exponential technologies such as robotics, 3D printing,sensors, the internet of things, machine learning, big data, electricity storage, autonomous vehicles, solar, electric vehicles, cloud computing, e-money, and others, and show incisive new business models and product architectures that may soon disrupt your business.

THE CLEAN DISRUPTION OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION
Technology mega-trends that are reshaping urban transportation

The next decade will see the most radical changes in public and private transportation in a century. Exponentially improving technologies such as electric vehicles, autonomous (self-driving) vehicles, sensors, the internet-of-things, mobile Internet, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), Big Data, Open Data and Cloud computing are converging at a rapid pace and are radically transforming the very nature of transportation, including roads and highways, parking, tolls, taxis, buses, trains, and traffic management.

Tony Seba’s keynote focuses on the mega-trends that are reshaping public and private transportation and how city planners can stay one step ahead in rethinking and redrawing the landscape in a clean, sustainable and budget-conscious way.

CLEAN, SUSTAINABLE AND WEALTHY CITY
Technology mega-trends that are reshaping urban infrastructure.

This is the age of Permanent Disruption where every business in every industry now faces constant existential threats. The combination of exponentially improving technologies, rapid business model innovation, and instant access to global investors are enabling disruptors to create new markets and destroy trillions of dollars of incumbent revenues at an ever-faster pace. Trillion dollar industries on the cusp of major disruption include telecoms, energy, transportation, manufacturing, retail, finance, apparel, health care, real estate, construction and education. Traditional strategy is obsolete and choosing to wait until these technologies are fully developed is choosing to be disrupted.

How can you anticipate and lead market disruption rather than be surprised when it is too late for your company or industry to react? How can you become the disruptor rather than disrupted? Tony Seba will present examples of exponential technologies such as robotics, 3D printing, sensors, the internet of things, machine learning, big data, electricity storage, autonomous vehicles, solar, electric vehicles, cloud computing, e-money, and others, and show incisive new business models and product architectures that may soon disrupt your business.

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“Tony Seba is an unbelievably inspiring and passionate speaker and a terrific lecturer. He has a gift for reducing complex things to their very essence and making them accessible to everyone.”
    Sophie Wawrzyniak, Senior Business Analyst, Williams Sonoma, Inc.

“It was an amazing experience and one that I won’t forget anytime soon. Your passion, caring, and deep industry knowledge are simply astonishing.”
    Joshua Hurst, Oracle

“Your talk was perfect. The audience was ignited and there was real buzz and energy around the place afterwards.”
    Duane Fernandes, co-chair Entrepreneurship Club, University of Auckland

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Books by Tony Seba:

Clean Disruption

Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation: How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030
The industrial age of energy and transportation will be over by 2030. Maybe before. Exponentially improving technologies such as solar, electric vehicles, and autonomous (self-driving) cars will disrupt and sweep away the energy and transportation industries as we know it.

The Stone Age did not end because we ran out of rocks. It ended because a disruptive technology ushered in the Bronze Age. The era of centralized, command-and-control, extraction-resource-based energy sources (oil, gas, coal and nuclear) will not end because we run out of petroleum, natural gas, coal, or uranium. It will end because these energy sources, the business models they employ, and the products that sustain them will be disrupted by superior technologies, product architectures, and business models.

The same Silicon Valley ecosystem that created bit-based technologies that have disrupted atom-based industries is now creating bit- and electron-based technologies that will disrupt atom-based energy industries.

This is a technology-based disruption reminiscent of how the cell phone, Internet, and personal computer swept away industries such as landline telephony, publishing, and mainframe computers. Just like those technology disruptions flipped the architecture of information and brought abundant, cheap and participatory information, the clean disruption will flip the architecture of energy and bring abundant, cheap and participatory energy. Just like those previous technology disruptions, the clean disruption is inevitable and will be swift. The industrial age of energy and transportation is already giving way to an information technology and knowledge-based energy and transportation era.



Winners Take All—the 9 Fundamental Rules of High Tech Strategy
High Tech-based markets move so fast that getting things right becomes infinitely more important than it used to be. Category winners increasingly take it all (market share, revenues, profits, growth, market valuation) while others fight for whatever is left.

The good news is that there are 9 really simple rules that companies can follow to help them be successful in tough times. These rules have been used by companies such as Google, Apple, Symantec, Salesforce.com, Netflix, Intel, Dell, Texas Instruments, and Microsoft. This book shows how these winners have applied these rules strategically to gain competitive advantage.

It also shows practical tools that the entrepreneur and the product and corporate managers can use to implement the rules. These 9 Rules apply to small and large companies; product, service, web, and innovation-based companies; consumer and enterprise-oriented companies. They apply at the beginning, middle, and end of the product lifecycle.

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