October 26, 2021 (Event is closed)

Gain insights of how a global leader lives and looks at innovation and how it engages with the start-up ecosystem and SMBs/Mittelstand.

Solving real life problems and ensure customer success are north stars a company should thrive for. A unique insight view from a leading global senior executive and a serial entrepreneur/investor to share valuable knowledge about their real life experiences. A rare glimpse of personal advice that has helped many companies to thrive in an industry where innovation needs to outpace market changes and customer needs.

Target Audience

This event is directed towards start-ups, investors, customers, and German SMB/Mittelstand.


Thomas Neubert Thomas Neubert
Datacenter/AI Business Innovation Office at Intel, Founder/Evangelist Transatlantic AI eXchange


Mark Hawkins Mark Hawkins
President & CFO Emeritus at Salesforce (formerly CFO AutoDesk, Logitech), serial Board member

Mark Hawkins has more than 35 years of experience with leading finance organizations at global software and technology companies including Salesforce, Autodesk, Logitech, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard.

Mark will share insights from his many years of experience leading organizations in the technology sector through times of immense growth and innovation and how leading with values can create a stronger and more resilient economy.

Salesforce’s venture arm, Salesforce Ventures, has invested in some of the most disruptive enterprise companies in the industry, including, Snowflake, Zoom, Hopin and [Monday.com](http://monday.com/).

Richard Socher Richard Socher
CEO of you.com; Investor, Founder at Socher Sky Ventures; Before: Stanford Adj. Prof.; Chief Scientist at Salesforce

Richard Socher is the CEO of you.com, an ad-free and privacy-preserving search engine that summarizes the web. Richard previously served as the chief scientist and executive vice president at Salesforce, where he led teams working on fundamental research, applied research, product incubation, CRM search, customer service automation, and a cross-product AI platform for unstructured and structured data. Before that, Richard was the CEO/CTO of MetaMind, acquired by Salesforce in 2016. Richard received his Ph.D. in computer science at Stanford, where he also served as an adjunct professor in the computer science department. Outside of work, Richard enjoys paramotor adventures, traveling, and photography.


We would like to thank our sponsor Taylor Wessing and the German Consulate General, San Francisco.


Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche IntelligenzIntelU.S. Consulate HamburgGerman Consulate San FranciscoKI BundesverbandStartup Network EuropeCambrian FuturesGerman-American Business Council of Boston (GABC)GABAGerman EntrepreneurshipGerman Accelerator





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Time and Date

October 26, 2021
10:00 a.m. PDT / 7:00 p.m. CEST (60min)
Followed by a Transatlantic Networking Session (30 min)

At the end of the event, the audience is encouraged to pose questions to the speakers.




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