Speakers: Rod Beckstrom
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Rod Beckstrom


Rod Beckstrom joined us January 9, 2008.
Rod Beckström is an entrepreneur and catalyst who has successfully created new businesses and changed established ones through his creative ideas, powerful concepts and passion. He co-authored the bestseller The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations that presents a new model for analyzing organizations, leadership style and competitive strategy. 
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Rod has been a successful entrepreneur and stimulating catalyst in many different environments. He started his first company when he was 24 in a garage apartment and grew it into a global enterprise with offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Geneva, Sydney, Palo Alto, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. That company, CAT•S Software Inc., went public and was later sold successfully.

He has helped to start more than a half dozen non-profit groups and initiatives including Global Peace Networks which seeded a peace network of CEO’s that now has more than 4,000 participants, SV2 (Silicon Valley Social Venture), the Environmental Markets Network, and the Miracle Wine Fund for Micro-lending which has helped move more than $20 million into micro-lending projects globally.

Rod is currently fascinated with wikis, a new collaborative software technology, and how they fundamentally transform teamwork and productivity inside companies and across society. He is Chairman, Co-Founder and Chief Catalyst of TWIKI.NET, the industry leading open source enterprise Wiki. Rod also serves as Chairman of Global Peace Networks, Trustee of Environmental Defense, and Director of Jamii Bora Africa Ltd., a micro-lending group with 140,000 members.

Rod graduated from Stanford with an MBA and a BA with Honors and Distinction. He served as President of the combined Stanford student body and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

He lives with his wife and two children in Palo Alto and Santa Cruz California.

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