Episode #61: Singularity University's Pascal Finette on Taking Moonshots

September 4, 2016
Startups and Entrepreneurship

Pascal Finette heads up Entrepreneurship at Singularity University as well as SU Labs, its accelerator program which grows startups that are focused on tackling the world’s most intractable problems leveraging exponential technologies.

He loves technology and believes that the Internet is deeply impacting mankind. He got started on the Net before there was a web browser, founded a couple of technology startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm helping entrepreneurs with their strategy & operations, invested into early-stage tech startups, led Mozilla’s Innovation Lab, created Mozilla’s accelerator program WebFWD, headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair and invested into social impact organizations around the globe at Google.org.

He also founded the non-profit organizations Mentor for Good, POWERUP and The Coaching Fellowship; the GyShiDo (Get Your S%#& Done) movement and publishes the opinionated The Heretic newsletter. He frequently speaks and writes about the magic which happens at the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology & global impact.

As a trained Co-Active executive coach he works with clients on achieving their full leadership potential. But most of all – Pascal loves to work with entrepreneurs who are making things better and go from zero to one.


Topics Discussed:

  • How SULabs is different to other accelerators
  • What SULabs startups are working on (like printing 3D parts in space amongst other things!)
  • What ingredients are vital for the success of an accelerator program
  • Challenges of corporate startup partnerships and how to circumvent these
  • Why we all go through "the same sh*t" and why being transparent about doubt can be therapeutic for startup founders
  • Gy shi do
  • Pascal's global "Get your sh*t done" movement
  • What emerging technologies Pascal is excited by
  • Pascal's view on 'the singularity', the point in time where machine intelligence surpasses human intelligence, and what it means for humanity
  • Pascal's view on how we will get Peter Diamandis to appear on Future Squared!


Show Notes:

Twitter: @pfinette





Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pfinette 



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