Safi Bahcall
CIO keynote

Safi Bahcall

Technologist, Business Executive & Author
Safi is the author of Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries, a national bestseller recommended by Bill Gates and the Nobel laureates Daniel Kahneman, Eric Maskin, and Robert Laughlin; featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Forbes, Bloomberg, Newsweek, Nature, Scientific American, and the Harvard Business Review; and selected by Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Pink, Susan Cain, and Adam Grant for the Next Big Idea Club.

Senator Bob Kerrey wrote: “If The Da Vinci Code and Freakonomics had a child together, it would be called Loonshots.”

Safi received his BA in physics from Harvard summa cum laude, completed his PhD in physics at Stanford, and served as a Miller Research Fellow in theoretical physics at U.C. Berkeley. After working with investment banks and technology companies at McKinsey and Company, Safi co-founded a biotechnology company developing new drugs for cancer. He led its IPO and served as its CEO for 13 years. In 2008, he was named E&Y New England Biotechnology Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2011, he worked with President Obama’s council of science advisors (PCAST) on the future of national research.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2020 / 01:15 PM - 01:45 PM EDT
CIO Experience Keynote: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Transform Industries

Why do good teams kill great ideas? Safi Bahcall reveals a surprising new way of thinking about group behavior that challenges everything we thought we knew about nurturing radical breakthroughs. Drawing on the science of phase transitions, and using stories that range from the hunt for U-boats in WWII to the search for new cancer drugs, Safi shows why teams, companies, or any group with a mission will suddenly change from embracing wild new ideas to rigidly rejecting them.
Meticulously researched and undoubtedly fascinating, this talk offers fresh insights from a new kind of science—showing the three techniques that creatives, leaders, and visionaries can use to liberate the ideas trapped inside small and large companies everywhere.

Hear it first at Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo