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The Life of Texmark Chemicals CEO Doug Smith

Industry Chemical processing and manufacturing at Texmark Chemicals Location Galena Park, Texas Education Loyola University (BA) Previous Gigs SmartGeoMetrics On the Refinery of the Future Our industry is slow to change, reluctant to embrace technology. And we at Texmark feel that the only way that we’re going to be able to move forward to get […]

The Digital Battlefield

Cybersecurity once meant protecting against small-scale hackers trying to get a quick payday. However, recent hacks have halted airport operations, exposed classified government documents, and even affected the democratic process. In 2016 and 2017, an entire region of the Ukraine—homes, schools, and hospitals—was dangerously left without power in the dead of winter due to persistent […]

An FBI Negotiator Translates His Tactics to the Boardroom

Most people wouldn’t think that negotiating the details of a new contract in a conference room compares with freeing American hostages in the jungles of the Philippines. But Chris Voss, one of the few people who has done both, says they’re more similar than you might think. Voss faced down terrorists as the FBI’s lead […]

You Need to Know: Lars Atle Andersen

Not many executives in the oil and gas industry visit Silicon Valley darlings like Google and Spotify for inspiration—but Aker BP is a company that wants to do things differently. Lars Atle Andersen is the vice president responsible for making sure the company stays true to those tech aspirations. Created only in 2016 after a […]

Powering the Future with Paul Browning of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems

Paul Browning fell in love with gas turbines early in his career. Joining General Electric fresh out of  Carnegie Mellon University, he was soon assigned to “one of the sexiest things that a materials engineer can work on.” After turbines got him interested in the power business, he rose through the ranks to become president […]

Global HITSS and La Revolución Digital

Midway up an office tower in Plaza Carso—the sprawling retail, office, and residential space in Mexico City—Oscar Márquez is planning how to usher the Slim family empire (and, if possible, much of Latin America) safely through the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Márquez is chief technology officer for Global HITSS, a unit of América Móvil, the biggest […]

Product Management 2.0: Lessons from Google in Building AI Products in the Software 2.0 World

In November 2017, the Director of Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Tesla wrote a post on Medium stating that neural networks “represent the beginning of a fundamental shift in how we write software.” Rather than coding rules line by line for each module, neural networks are trained on labeled data which they use to discern their […]

Jobs, Morality and Getting a Seat: The Biggest AI Questions at SXSW

Since its inception in 1986 as a regional music festival, Austin’s South by Southwest — better known as SXSW — has ballooned into one of the country’s most celebrated events for technology, music and film. Just last year, its speakers included Christiane Amanpour, Elon Musk and Steven Spielberg. The buzz is already beginning for 2019. […]

The Future of Protein: Crickets and Microlivestock

The first time Mohammed Ashour ate a cricket was on live TV. He was on air that morning in 2013 to represent his company, Aspire Food Group, whose model for farming bugs — or euphemistically, “microlivestock” — had landed in the finals for a million dollar social entrepreneurship prize. But Ashour had never actually eaten […]

Meet the Leader: Boeing CIO and SVP Ted Colbert

Education Georgia Institute of Technology (BS), Morehouse College (BS) Previous Gigs Ford Motor Company, Citi   His Leadership Philosophy Everything that we do starts with the culture of the company, the organization we’re trying to transform. You know, a colleague of mine in the industry and others have said many times, “Culture eats strategy for […]