Tackling Turbulences in Tech and Society
All around the globe, major shifts are happening in society, politics and technology. In this DLD20 talk with Hannes Ametsreiter (Vodafone Germany) and Andrew McAfee (MIT Sloan), moderator Amy Wilkinson (Ingenuity) got the pulse on how people in Germany are perceiving the turbulence in comparison to the U.S. With society in both countries increasingly polarized, the panelists discussed steps that companies and academic institutions can take to counteract the negative developments.
In order to attract more innovation to Germany and Europe, Hannes Ametsreiter argued that it’s important to build on the region’s strengths. For him, this means continuing to make the region a great place to work and live as well investing in education. However, he believes that there also needs to be more venture capital in Europe in order to get entrepreneurs to launch a startup – and stay – there.
On the other hand, Andrew McAfee said that while the U.S. had already done a good job of “becoming a magnet for entrepreneurial talent”, it needed to improve its infrastructure outside of cities. “I don't think we know what to do about the playbook of people feeling so profoundly left behind, and what to do with communities that just aren't as economically relevant as they used to be.”
Amy Wilkinson is CEO and founder of Ingenuity, Lecturer in Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business and author of The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs. Wilkinson’s career spans leadership roles with McKinsey & Company and JP Morgan and as founder of Alegre, a cross-border export company.
Dr. Hannes Ametsreiter has been CEO of Vodafone Germany and member of the global Vodafone Group’s Executive Committee since 1 October 2015. Born in Salzburg, the reputed telecommunications manager has more than 20 years of telecoms experience in convergent markets and outstanding expertise in marketing and brand management.
MIT Sloan School of Management
Andrew McAfee is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy and a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He studies how digital technologies are changing business, the economy, and society. He is the author of More from Less and The Second Machine Age (with Erik Brynjolfsson).