Sunday, June 25, 2006

Tuesdays@FUTURE: Building Innovation Networks: Our Digital Opportunity

Speaker: Rick Pollack, Manager, IT and Operations, Nine Sigma

Date: Tuesday, June 27
Time: 4:30 P.M. to 6:15 P.M.
Place: FUTURE: Center for Design and Technology Transfer @ The Cleveland Institute of Art
11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
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Join us Tuesday to learn from Rick who has over twenty years of experience in the software industry and currently manages IT and Operations for NineSigma of Beachwood, Ohio. NineSigma offers a collaborative process that allows large, primarily Fortune 500, companies to tap into a worldwide network of scientists, businesses and inventors to compliment and amplify their internal R&D capabilities.

We'll learn from Rick the challenges and sweet spots in building global information networks. Check out your opportunities. Ride the wave with us in your next brainstorming session to build product for a new digital experience.

More about Rick... In addition to working fulltime for NineSigma, Rick is the owner of Knowledge Information Technology, Inc.; the company is currently developing AdvancedPlay, an innovative, online, multi-user environment for children and families.

He has founded several companies including:
Software Management Group, Inc. (SMG) of Cincinnati in 1997. SMG developed a telecommunications billing platform and custom software. SMG is now BlueSpring Software and has raised over $16M in venture capital.

eCCS, Inc. of Cincinnati in 1998. Rick worked as managing partner and Vice President of Product Development during the design, development and implementation of the premier CRM platform for the automobile retail industry. The company grew from start-up to a revenue-generating firm with 25 employees and was acquired by The Reynolds & Reynolds Company, the $1B leader in automotive information technology, in 2000.

Rick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from The University of Cincinnati.

Read about NineSigma in:
Wired 6/06 – The Rise of Crowdsourcing

Harvard Business Review 3/06 cover article: Connect and Develop: Inside Procter & Gamble's New Model for Innovation

4/24/06 cover article: The World’s Most Innovative Companies

6/19/06 cover article:
Innovation Champions

Check out more opportunity on the University Circle Innovation Zone Wiki here.


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