Krisztina Holly, known by colleagues as 'Z', is an engineer, tech entrepreneur, and troublemaker whose passion is creating new organizations and scalable models that help turn ideas into maximum impact.
Z launched several programs that have been replicated globally, including the first TEDx conference in 2009 which has so far inspired more than 6,000 other TEDx conferences across the world. As curator and host of TEDxUSC, Z had the opportunity to coach remarkable presenters and performers, which have garnered more than four million views online and ten of which have been featured by TED.com.
Most recently Z served as Vice Provost for Innovation at USC and was founding executive director of two university centers for innovation - the MIT Deshpande Center and the USC Stevens Center - which helped spin out 39 startups based on university technologies and expanded the innovation ecosystems in Boston and LA through the engagement of hundreds of faculty, students, and VCs.
Early on Z was co-founder of computer telephony pioneer, Stylus Innovation (acquired by Artisoft, Inc.) and subsequently joined other tech and media startups such as Direct Hit Technologies (acquired by Ask Jeeves). She also worked in documentary film production for nearly three years and on various engineering projects, including the space shuttle main engine, a head-eye robot for the MIT artificial intelligence laboratory, and the first full-color computer generated reflection hologram at the MIT Media Lab.
Named Champion of Free Enterprise by Forbes in 2009, Z's work has appeared in numerous publications, including BusinessWeek, Huffington Post, CNN.com, Forbes, Strategy+Business, Science Progress, NASA Tech Briefs, and Mountain Bike Magazine. She currently serves as an advisor to the Obama administration, on the National Advisory Council for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and on the World Economic Forum's global council on entrepreneurship. She has also served as a board member or advisor for organizations such as the National Academies, the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), National Science Foundation, Lemelson-MIT Program, MIT Business Plan Competition, MIT Enterprise Forum, Singapore's National Research Foundation, the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab, The LA Mayor's Council on Innovation and Industry, the New England Land Preservation Fund, the International Mountain Bicycling Association, and the LA River Redevelopment Corp.
Z receive her B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In her spare time, she is an avid backcountry/telemark skier, adventure traveler, skydiver, mountain biker, shark diver, and authentic food aficionado. She'll try just about anything... once!
- Creating new organizations and scalable models that are replicated
- Helping others make impact with their ideas
- Finding adventure
Let's spread the idea of CROWDSCALING! http:bit.ly/scrowdscale
Like crowdsourcing, crowdscaling taps into the energy of people globally that want to contribute. But while crowdsourcing pulls ideas and content IN from outside the organization, crowdscaling grows and scales its impact OUTWARD by empowering the success of others.
One of the best examples is TEDx. Under TED's visionary leadership, more than 6,000 events have occurred worldwide and 25,000 videos are online after just 4 years. But TEDx is more than a series of events. It's a community, a movement--a powerful tool for TED.
It is a business strategy that, instead of using a top-down, command-and-control approach for growth, builds on the nature of today's hyper-connected, open, and globalized world to leverage customers, partners, even competitors. Organizations can achieve enormous influence by creating the platform on which others can build, and aligning stakeholders so they feel partial ownership of the movement.
Crowdscaling, diving with tiger sharks at night, eating trout testicles, adventure
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