Safi Bahcall

Entrepreneur Speaker, Physicist, Ex-CEO (biotech) & Author of LOONSHOTS

Safi is a top entrepreneur keynote speaker who regularly speaks with leadership teams about applying the ideas in the workplace and has presented at industry conferences, investor events, medical meetings, and leading academic institutions around the world.

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  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Massachusetts, USA

  • Safi Bahcall`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Safi Bahcall`s U.S. Speaking Fee

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  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Massachusetts, USA

Suggested Keynote Speaker Programs

Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Win Wars and Transform Industries

Why do good teams kill great ideas? Safi Bahcall reveals a surprising new way of thinking about group behavior that challenges everything we thought we knew about nurturing radical breakthroughs. Drawing on the science of phase transitions, and using stories that range from ...

Why do good teams kill great ideas? Safi Bahcall reveals a surprising new way of thinking about group behavior that challenges everything we thought we knew about nurturing radical breakthroughs. Drawing on the science of phase transitions, and using stories that range from the hunt for U-boats in WWII to the search for new cancer drugs, Safi shows why teams, companies, or any group with a mission will suddenly change from embracing wild new ideas to rigidly rejecting them. Hear fresh insights from this new kind of science and learn three techniques that creatives, leaders, and visionaries can use to liberate the ideas trapped inside small and large companies everywhere.

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Strategy: The Four Rules of Reinvention

How did the music industry escape death? How did one mall succeed while all others failed? Why did Amazon beat Google in the race for cloud services—the most rapidly growing business of the 21st century? Learn the four principles that connect these ...

How did the music industry escape death? How did one mall succeed while all others failed? Why did Amazon beat Google in the race for cloud services—the most rapidly growing business of the 21st century? Learn the four principles that connect these examples: the rules of reinvention. Hear about the need to balance the two types of loonshots, the hidden gaps that must be closed, the common traps that needlessly sink new ventures, and how the best innovators overcome these challenges and balance the core and the new. Learn how Microsoft has been applying these same principles to rapidly catch up in the trillion-dollar race to dominate the cloud—transforming itself, along the way, from an also-ran into the most valuable company in the world.

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Leadership Team Workshop

About Keynote Speaker Safi Bahcall

Safi is a second-generation physicist (the son of two astrophysicists), a biotech entrepreneur, and former public-company CEO.

He received his BA summa cum laude from Harvard and his PhD in physics from Stanford, where he worked with Lenny Susskind in particle physics (the science of the small) and the Nobel laureate Bob Laughlin in condensed matter physics (the science of the many). He was a Miller Fellow in physics at UC Berkeley (the school of the many).

After working for three years as a consultant for McKinsey, Safi co-founded a biotechnology company developing new drugs for cancer. He led its IPO and served as its CEO for 13 years.

In 2008, he was named E&Y New England Biotechnology Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2011, he worked with President Obama’s council of science advisors (PCAST) on the future of national research.

Safi regularly speaks with leadership teams about applying the ideas in Loonshots and has presented at industry conferences, investor events, medical meetings, and leading academic institutions around the world.

Loonshots, Safi’s first book, has been translated into 18 languages; recommended by Bill Gates, Daniel Kahneman, Daniel Pink, Adam Grant, Malcolm Gladwell, and Tim Ferriss; and selected as a best business book of the year by Amazon, Bloomberg, Business Insider, Financial Times, Forbes, Inc., Medium, Strategy + Business, Tech Crunch, and the Washington Post. It was the most recommended book of the year in Bloomberg’s annual survey of CEOs and entrepreneurs.

Safi lives with his wife, two children, and roughly 37 Gerald + Piggie books in Cambridge, MA.

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