Discovering Opportunities in Cross-Industry Ecosystems

Neil Rubens is a Professor at the Transport and Telecommunications Institute, working on Machine Learning (at the Department of Computer Science) and Industry Analysis (at the Department of Management). He founded startup ( that is developing tools for cross-industry analysis based on research on innovation ecosystems. He is a founding member of Innovation Ecosystems Network (IEN) and has also spent time as a Visiting Scholar with mediaX at Stanford University. In his talk, Neil discusses these points…

1. Cross-industry opportunities and threats tend to go unnoticed; both internal and external analysts tend to consider relatively few and mostly adjacent industries.
2. An ecosystemic-view provides visual assistance for spotting emerging cross-industry trends, opportunities and threats.