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Seminar at Porto Business School: Going From Technology Innovation to Sustainable Business Success

Seminar at Porto Business School: Going From Technology Innovation to Sustainable Business Success
Date: September 17, 2013
Venue: Porto Business School

Speaker: Dr. Nikhil Balram, President and CEO, Ricoh Innovations Corporation, Menlo Park, CA
Nikhil Balram is President and CEO of Ricoh Innovations Corporation (, a Silicon Valley company that develops innovative technologies and creates new businesses for Ricoh Company Ltd. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Balram is widely hailed throughout the industry and academia as an expert and innovator in video and display technologies across multiple platforms and has been an officer of several publicly listed companies. He has won numerous awards including a 2012 Gold Stevie® Award for Executive of the Year in the Electronics category in The 9th Annual International Business Awards, a 2012 Fellow Award by the Society for Information Display (SID) and the 2011 Alumni Achievement Award by Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Balram is an adjunct professor of electrical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, visiting professor of vision science at the University of California, Berkeley, a guest professor of design and innovation at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Gandhinagar, India, and serves on the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) at the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University. He has over 50 US patents granted or pending and more than 30 technical publications. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Technology innovation is usually a necessary foundation for success in high-tech industries. But it does not guarantee sustainable long-term commercial success. Going from technology innovation to sustainable business success is often a long and complex process with a low probability of success. The seminar will discuss this process and highlight strategies that have worked well and potential pitfalls that should be avoided. The presentation will be in the form of four case studies from the speaker’s own experiences. Two of these cases are in semiconductor and one of them is in consumer electronics. The fourth and most recent one is in mobile and cloud software and is a work in progress. For each of the cases, the presentation will explain the underlying technology innovations, the market and business situations at the time, the decisions that were made and the outcomes that resulted. The audience will be invited to discuss the wisdom and validity of the decisions that were made and what they might have done differently and why.
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