Chapter 11. Leaders - Exemplary Foresight Practitioners and Organizations

Mid-Size Companies (100-499 Emps) Doing Leading Foresight Work (non-Govt, Defense, or Consulting)

Organizational foresight leaders and previous leaders (“prev.”) are listed below in bold, where known. Check LinkedIn Advanced Search, using org name and relevant foresight terms (strategy, foresight, forecasting, design, innovation, scenarios, etc.), org site search, (site:domainname searchstring) and general Google search to find current and past foresight leaders at each org. Use multiple negatives to eliminate urls or terms you don’t want, and use quotes to get exact phrases, like “strategic foresight” and “future of”.

Company Foresight Leaders; Company Description Region (HQ)
Adaptive Insights Leader in cloud-based corporate performance management. 3, 1 (London, Palo Alto)
Airbnb Global marketplace for listing, discovering, and booking lodging. 1 (San Francisco, CA)
AngelList Social network for angels funding early-stage startups 1 (San Francisco, CA)
BrightSource Energy Largest solar thermal plant. US-Israeli renewable energy pioneers. 1 (Oakland, CA)
DonorsChoose Charles Best; Educational needs crowdfunding platform. 1 (New York, NY)
DraperFisherJurvetson Tim Draper, Steve Jurvetson, Founders; Venture capital 1 (Menlo Park, CA)
Dropbox Cross-platform file sync and sharing, online backup. 1 (San Francisco, CA)
Expect Labs Anticipatory software listens to conversations, suggests relevant info. 1 (San Francisco, CA)
Fitbit Wireless activity trackers for quantified health and fitness. 1 (San Francisco, CA)
ForeSee Customer modeling and experience surveys, annoying pop-up style. 1 (Ann Arbor, MI)
i4C Analytics Analytics for business forecasting, prediction, optimization. 5 markets. 3 (Milan, Italy)
iHub Innovation hub and hackerspace for Nairobi technology community. 5 (Nairobi, Kenya)
Indiegogo International crowdfunding site. Backing crowdfounding (JOBS Act). 1 (San Francisco, CA)
Kaggle Predictive modeling & analytics competitions. 95K data scientists. 1 (San Francisco, CA)
Kickstarter World’s largest crowdfunding platform for creative projects. 1 (New York, NY)
Lit Motors Eric Miller, Transportation Futurist; Self-balancing motorcycles. 1 (San Francisco, CA)
Oxford Innovation Operates 21 Innovation Centers for companies and govt bodies. 3 (Oxford, UK)
PEDCO High performance engineering, planning, and sustainable design. 1 (Cincinnati, OH)
Predictix Predictive analytics & decision suppt. for apparel, grocery, hardlines. 1 (Atlanta, GA)
Quirky Crowdfounding consumer products innovation platform. 1 (New York, NY)
Rapiscan Systems Chuck Brooks; Global security equipment manufacturer. 1 (Torrance, CA)
Relex Supply chain optimization and forecasting solutions. 3 (Helsinki, Finland)
Rethink Robotics Rodney Brooks, CTO; Industrial Robotics 1 (Boston, MA)
SXSW Film, interactive, and music festivals and conferences. 1 (Austin, TX)
Tagetik Corporate performance mgmt, planning, and forecasting. 3 (Lucca, Italy)
TED Edutainment 1 (New York, NY)
Twitter Social networking and microblogging service. 1 (San Francisco, CA)
Uber Ridesharing and vehicle for hire transportation services. 1 (San Francisco, CA)
Valve Video game development and digital distribution leaders. 1 (Kirkland, WA)
Vontobel Asset Mgmt Long-term growth & value investment firm. $42B in assets managed. 1 (New York, NY)
XL Hybrids Hybrid drivetrain conversion technology for fleet vehicles. 1 (Boston, MA)
Yelp Urban guide and business crowdrating and review platform. 1 (San Francisco, CA)

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