How to Build a Startup Inside Your Organization

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Innovation and creative problem-solving aren't exclusive to startups. Learn how to create a startup environment right where you are.

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Innovation and creative problem-solving aren't exclusive to startups. Establishing a culture that encourages new ideas and failing fast can happen in any organization — regardless of shape or size. With the right tools in your toolbelt, you can take the lead in creating a startup environment right where you are. Join the conversation as part of the10th annual Philly Tech Week Presented by Comcast. Let's get started.

This Panel will feature a diverse group of technical folks and change-agents who have created startups inside of larger organizations like Vanguard, Motley Fool, and Seer Interactive. We'll peel back the layers on how to create a startup environment within your organization. Sharing wins, pitfalls, and actionable takeaways in two parts:

  • Part One: How to drive change/bring this to life in your current organization — unpacking org readiness, proving value, communication, buy-in, looking to leadership, change management, etc.
  • Part Two: Maybe your organization isn't ready, and you need to look elsewhere. Here we'll explore the sights/sounds of what to look for in both your leadership team, manager, and fellow colleagues.

Join us as part of the 10th annual Philly Tech Week Presented by Comcast. Meet your people and walk away with 5 action items to bring back to your current employer or carry with you to your next.

Meet our Panelists

  • Lisha Davis is a venture builder and investor, startup advisor, and business strategist and operator. She's the founder of Arable Ventures LLC., a boutique innovation consulting and advisory practice helping businesses develop full scale operating models to deliver innovative solutions. Formerly, Lisha was the founder and head of Vanguard’s Innovation Studio, where she led the vision for enterprise innovation and owned the ongoing delivery of a venture portfolio focused on addressing white spaces with the potential to transform and disrupt the financial services industry.
  • Jordan DiPietro has been working in the financial industry for 15 years and spent the last decade as a marketing and growth specialist at The Motley Fool. He has a passion for creating quality content and building digital products that focus on individuals, entrepreneurs, and business owners. He loves copywriting, his two young kids, skimming old swipe files, and all-things-Philadelphia.
  • Ethan Lyon is a Data Engineering Lead at Seer Interactive — finding new ways of automating and leveraging machine learning to move Seer into the future of digital marketing. Some fun projects include changing PPC ad sentiment to increase click-through-rate and identifying low-quality sites on paid placements to save clients money. His passion lies in using the newest, latest tools to automate processes and create net-new business opportunities for clients.
  • Lisa Devieux is the Associate Director or Data Strategy at Seer Interactive. She harnessed a passion for data and her tenure within digital marketing and business operations to focus on pushing Seer forward in utilizing data-driven strategies. Her favorite thing to do is dig deep into data to help clients solve complex business questions. Her second favorite thing to do is convince Wil of the virtues of bridge tables & ngrams.

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