Think out of the (In)box!

Tools for team-intensive collaboration settings from an MBA perspective.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


February 07, 2007 from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)

Join MBA alumni and faculty members for a panel-lead discussion on the topic of new trends in team collaboration technologies. Leading Bay Area academics and industry experts will lead a discussion on state of the art collaboration solutions and social trends that support knowledge-intensive team projects from an MBA student’s perspective.


1. Setting the context of contemporary knowledge sharing team environments
. The nature of team members being globally geo-dispersed, cross-organizational, cross-OS-platforms, and often lacking the IT support and resources readily available at enterprise-level organizations.

2. Limitations of existing solutions. 
Why is email still the leading tool used for collaborating and what are the drawbacks of using email in the context of knowledge sharing teams? Brief overview of other solutions used sporadically in such settings: shared file servers, Instant Messaging, eRooms, etc.

3. Disrupting the status quo – alternatives to email – e.g. Collanos Workplace
Quick demonstration of Collanos Workplace and highlighting the benefits of being able to work in the context of your teams and prioritize your time on ongoing projects. The advantages of having a cross-platform, decentralized peer-to-peer solution and the simplicity of installation and usage.


6:00 pm open doors
6:30 – 8:00 pm welcome by swissnex and Collanos Software, panel discussion
8:00 – 9:00 pm networking and finger food
9:30 pm doors close

Well-balanced panel of professionals, academics and analyst on team collaboration. Panelists include from the academia Jane Creech and Sara Beckman (both from Haas, US Berkeley), and Micah Siegel (Consulting Professor at Stanford and Managing Director C2C), venture capitalist Dave Hornik (August Capital), and the moderator, David Coleman (Collaborative Strategies), an industry specialist in the field of collaboration.


Jane Creech

Jane Creech is an Executive Education Lecturer at the Haas School of Business, UC, Berkeley. Her practice primarily focuses on consulting to and designing and implementing team-based organizations, particularly in the area of new product or service development.

Sara Beckman

Sara Beckman is a Senior Lecturer at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. She teaches new product development and manufacturing and operations management. In over ten years, she developed, institutionalized, and directed the school’s Management of Technology Program, initiated new courses on design, entrepreneurship in biotechnology, and new product development.

Micah Siegel

Micah Siegel is a Consulting Professor at Stanford University in the Department of Electrical Engineering, where he co-teaches a graduate course on Business Management for Electrical Engineers and Computer Scientists. Through C2C, Micah is a co-founder of Affinity Engines, Adapt Technologies, and Kuvera Investments.

Dave Hornik

Dave Hornik is a General Partner at August Capital where he invests in early stage software, infrastructure and Internet related companies. Prior to joining August Capital, David was a corporate and licensing attorney who represented and advised numerous Internet and enterprise software startups. David works with or has worked with such companies as Yahoo, Six Apart, Evite, Tickle, PayCycle, Ofoto,, WhoWhere?, DoneRight and Sonique.

David Coleman

David Coleman, Founder and Managing Director of Collaborative Strategies (CS) has been involved with groupware, collaborative technologies, and knowledge management (KM) since 1989. He is a frequent public speaker, an industry analyst, and author of books and magazine articles on electronic collaboration and knowledge management.


Photo: Myleen Hollero