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Applying Machine Intelligence – Summary of April 2017 LEF Study Tour

Thirty-two bold, intrepid souls embarked on this tour of Seattle and Silicon Valley, a second iteration of

our Machine Intelligence-themed 2016 study tour, repeated due to popular demand.

On the tour, we visited five of the ‘digerati’ giants: Microsoft, Amazon AWS, IBM Watson, Salesforce and Google. We

visited two of the top VC firms ¬ Madrona Venture Group and Andreessen Horowitz (known informally

as ‘a16z’) ¬ and heard from a partner at each (Tim Parker and Frank Chen respectively).

Dave Aron

Global Research Director
Leading Edge Forum

Dave Aron, based in the UK, is Global Research Director for Leading Edge Forum.  In this position, he guides a series of global research initiatives aimed at helping CIOs and other Business/ IT leaders reimagine their organizations and leadership for a tech-driven future. Dave is the author of our 2017 reports, Unleashing Digital Talent for Fun and Profit and Winning in the 21st Century - A User's Guide.

Dave’s key areas of research include digital business, strategy and new business models.  Previously, Dave spent more than 12 years at Gartner, as a Gartner Fellow, focusing on strategy and CIO leadership issues.  Dave has more than 30 years’ experience in the IT business, and has been writing, speaking and teaching on digital business, IT strategy and other topics around the world for more than a decade.

Dave holds a BSc in Computer Science from Queen Mary College, and an MBA from London Business School.

Dave's alter ego is Mu, The 21st Century Anti-Strategist, which comprises Dave's distilled thoughts about what doesn't make sense as 20th century organizations sleepwalk into the 21st century.