Session 4-7

Building Innovation Platforms and Ecosystems: Launching Powerley

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The business world is rapidly digitizing, breaking down industry barriers and creating new opportunities while destroying long-successful business models. Chaired by Professor Lynda Applegate, Baker Foundation Professor at Harvard Business School, this session brings together senior executives from one of the oldest electric utilities – Detroit based DTE Energy, which dates back to 1849 – and DTE’s digital innovation partners, Vectorform and Powerley, to discuss how they are building a digital innovation platform and ecosystem to address the global climate change crisis.  Professor Applegate will lead a live case discussion with DTE Energy VP and CIO, Steve Ambrose, Vectorform CEO and Co-Founder, Jason Vazzano; and Powerley CEO, Manoj Kumar, as they discuss the vision and leadership, the approach used and the opportunities and challenges encountered as they transformed an “iron age” energy company into a “digital age” software platform innovator.  The session will be highly interactive with the audience and will provide deeper insights into building innovation platforms and ecosystems to transform traditional industries.

Speakers

moderator: prof. lynda applegate

Professor, Harvard Business School

panelist: manoj kumar

Founding CEO, Powerley

panelist: Jason vazzano

CEO and Co-Founder, Vectorform