"Each keynote we do is customized to address the client's specific needs. We spend the time needed to understand the appropriate case examples to use for each engagement. We are practical in our approach."

Former SVP PARC and Microsoft Executive

From Our Clients

"Mike is an incredibly engaging speaker and is an expert on technology and innovation. He has enormous credibility, having run operations for companies including Apple, Microsoft, and PARC. He is one of the few executives who understands both strategy and operational execution, and how to transform disruptive innovation into disruptive opportunity

Don Strickland, Former Apple SVP

  • 15 Global Keynotes in 2017
  • Clients including IBM, Honeywell, Cisco, HP, BNYMellon Bank, NEMA, Bechtel, and many others.

"Mike is one of the few speakers who takes a common sense approach to disruptive technology - making it possible for my organization to understand and deal with the challenges we face. "

For 30 years, Steep has been at the forefront of technology innovation. As an executive running operations for large companies including Apple, Microsoft, Lexmark, and Xerox PARC, he has built, managed, and helped transform businesses by leveraging the power of technology to deliver innovation and ground-breaking scalable business models. He has also worked directly with dozens of startup companies and venture firms to build new businesses based on technologies developed by Xerox PARC, DARPA, and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.

He is both the founder and executive director of Stanford University's Disruptive Technology & Digital Cities Center located in the heart of Silicon Valley. The goal of the Center is to transform disruptive technology into opportunities for corporate growth. The program has over 20 corporate affiliates working the Stanford to achieve this mission.

Opportunity Crisis

There has been an explosion in the growth of disruptive technologies crossing material science, big data, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence - creating new business opportunities at an exponential pace. But established companies find it extremely difficult to capitalize on the new opportunities at more than a linear pace. This creates a technology gap exposing established companies to competition from fast moving, new market entrants.

Key Question We Need to Ask

The critical question we have to ask is "what process do companies need to use to transform technology disruption into new business models to achieve exponential growth?”

Untapped Opportunity

In this extremely in-demand speaking topic, Steep discusses the major areas of disruption we are facing globally - introducing the EMBARK™ Process for transforming disruptive threats into disruptive opportunity. Steep uses actual company case examples from his own experience and a broad range of industry sectors to illustrate how EMBARK™ can lead to new business opportunities and business models in a rapidly changing global marketplace.



Mike Steep

Mr. Steep founded and manages Stanford Engineering's Disruptive Technology & Digital Cities Center. His Center transforms disruptive technology into new growth opportunities for corporations. Faculty from Engineering, Business, Law, and Medicine have joined the center along with Silicon Valley startups and venture capital to source and develop emerging technology.
Steep has been at the forefront of technology innovation as a former corporate executive. He has managed global operations for companies including Apple, Microsoft, and the world-renowned Xerox PARC. During his career as an operations executive, he has built, managed, and helped transform Fortune companies by leveraging the power of emerging technologies to deliver innovation.

  • Senior Vice President Global Operations, Xerox PARC
  • Global Managing Director, Bill Gates Office for Technical Strategy;
  • Global Managing Director, Microsoft SaaS P&L
  • Vice President, Lexmark (IBM);
  • Executive roles at Apple and HP
  • 15 Keynotes delivered in 2017 to over 3,000 C-Level Executives

Executive Summary

How will disruptive technologies like Block Chain and Bitcoin disrupt the financial services industry? How do we not only assess the potential impact of these technologies, but predict where this disruption is headed? Is there a way to transform disruption into a realistic opportunity for growth ? What new business models are likely to emerge from this disruption? The Future of Fintech explores these questions and others to provide a pragmatic framework for how we should think about technology disruption while also using case examples to bring real-world experience into the discussion. For example: There are more distributed ledger platforms than block chain. How do we compare these platforms in terms of “hackable” security. Crypto-currency exchanges have been the target of the hackers since the currency once stolen can not be traced

  • Distributed ledgers are being used for Smart Contracts, IoT and other things, not just crypto-currency. What are business model implications?
  • Could crypto-currencies be a substitute for hard currency? Will it become an alternative to the dollar and yuan? All currency today is fiat currency.
  • ICO’s far outweigh VC funding. Is this the future of how we will finance startups? What is likely to happen when the government decides to regulate ICO's? One possible consequence could be the passing of legislation that mandates all companies in this sector use off-line wallets.
  • Are there other technologies like Content Centric Networking recently adopted by the IFTC that offer better platform solutions to Block Chain? What don't we know about where technology is headed?
  • How will urban mobility (autonomous vehicles) factor into future transactions as companies cross the data layer from home, office, to car?

Mr. Steep has worked with financial services, insurance, energy, and automotive companies for over two decades in both early and late stage innovation cycles. He is uniquely qualified as a former operating executive in technology to assess the impact of disruptive technologies including American Express, Citicorp, BNYMellon Bank, Lloyd's Insurance,Thompson Reuters, Visa, Master Card, CIBC, the NYSE, PG&E, Vestas, Exxon Mobile, BMW, Tesla, and others.



"Mike is a leading expert on emerging technologies, their application in cities and development of new markets. His work with Stanford hosting and speaking at the premier global digital cities summit was exemplary. He brought together top executives from Fortune Group of companies with world class scientists and technology experts, resulting in one of the highlights of this year. We appreciate his knowledge and work serving on the Smart London Board"

David Gann

David Gann

CBE CEng FICE FCGI is Imperial College's Vice President; Chairman, Smart London Board, reporting to Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Executive Summary

Disruptive Technology and Healthcare Services explores how emerging technologies are impacting the health care services business model while also providing a pragmatic framework for how we should think about crafting our own strategy to navigate through the disruption. This keynote uses real world case examples to focus a conversation on technologies including predictive analytics, new sensor technologies, imaging, supply chain, and other technologies that are changing how we think about health care delivery. In addition to Block Chain, other advanced technologies including advanced material sciences, imaging, IoT, and predictive analytics will transform how health and healthcare services will be delivered both for medical device companies, insurance, and healthcare delivery. Some of the areas explored include:

  • New advances in material sciences like "stretchable sensors and semiconductors" will provide super cheap ways to manufacture and embed IoT sensors and networks in everything from hospital walls to patient clothing.
  • New imaging advances for diagnostics
  • Meta-materials are a revolutionary way to harvest energy from the atmosphere to power all kinds of materials and also reduce body temperature without wires or other external connectors
  • How will we use predictive analytics to identify good from bad medical outcomes adjusting how we insure or reduce cost of medical services?
  • How will new wearable devices change home-managed healthcare?
  • How do we create new behavior models to change bad behavior for chronic diseases

Mr. Steep has worked with healthcare medical device companies, delivery services, and insurance for over two decades in both early and late stage innovation cycles. He is uniquely qualified as a former operating executive in technology to assess the impact of disruptive technologies including Medtronic, Lloyd's Insurance, Sutter, Kaiser,and others.



Transform Innovation

"Silicon Valley is now facing a crisis in confidence on the part of its customers and users. Will emerging technology be a blessing or a curse on society as questions arise about privacy, the role of social media, and our ability to maintain full employment with the advent of advanced robotics."

Topics Addressed Include

  • Cyber-Security

  • Technology & Jobs

  • Quantum Computing

  • Block Chain

  • Cyber-Currencies

  • Drones

  • Urban Security

  • Policy Development

Executive Summary

This keynote examines how companies and chamber associations can create effective policy in response to the disruption created by emerging technologies. Not a day passes without the media covering the impact of technology on jobs. But do we really understand what is going to happen let alone craft effective policy? How do we not only assess the potential impact of these technologies, but predict where this disruption is headed? Is there a way to transform disruption into a realistic opportunity for cost reductions of Federal health care costs? Politics and Technology explores these questions and others to provide a pragmatic framework for how we should think about technology disruption while also using case examples to bring real-world experience into the discussion.
For example:

  • How should we think about technology, job creation, and destruction? What will robotics, social media, fake news, and technology creations impact the next twenty years of our political eco-system?
  • Is there a way to protect against cyber-attack using technologies like Content Centric Networking?
  • Is Silicon Valley the right model to replicate other technology center developments in the United States? What is the data on job creation?
  • What is does the future hold for personal privacy and democratic institutions?
  • How do corporations protect their eco-systems and ensure a minimal impact of disruption and risk to their business?
  • How do we create a realistic set of policies to guide Federal decision making and government policies crossing healthcare, the economy, defense, and commercial company protection?

Mr. Steep has worked in technology for over 30 years helping companies understand and monetize disruptive technology. He is uniquely qualified as a former operating executive in technology to assess the impact of disruptive technologies and has worked with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, DARPA, the City of London, European, and Asian governments. He has delivered over 15 keynotes to 3,000 Fortune executives in the last year and now directs Stanford University's center on Disruptive Technologies.



Michael Farber

Michael Farber,
Former Executive Vice President, Booz

"Autonomous Vehicles and IoT is among the most significant disruptive and transformational changes crossing all industries. Mike explains in clear, concise, and compelling terms how predictive analytics will continue to fundamentally change the ways companies are able to create and monetize their products, platforms, and services of off the new city networks.”

Autonomous Vehicles Are Mobile Networks for Consumers

The advent of Autonomous Vehicles will create an entirely new network layer within cities that will allow consumers to stay continuously connected to commercial companies. Beyond simply being a way to transport people efficiently, autonomous vehicles are mobile networks connected to the Cloud. 

Transform Innovation

In this speech, Mr. Steep explores how this new emerging technology is likely to evolve and offers real world case examples on new business models and opportunities likely to emerge. He explores how consumers are likely to behave in the new environment and the implications for data sharing and the role of artificial intelligence. Mr. Steep draws upon his working experience with companies including Ford, Tesla, BMW, Nand others to provide the audience with high value content on the subject matter matched by a vision on how this new technology will change commercial transactions.

Recent Speaking Engagements 15 Major Keynotes in 2017 for clients including IBM, Bechtel, NEMA, Lyft, Ford, BMW, Stanford University, et. al.

Key Points

  • Fully Integrated Data - Autonomous vehicles will allow us to cross city market data layers in a way that creates a complete picture of the daily lives of city dwellers.

  • Crossing the Data Layer - Commercial companies will be able to cross the data layers from home, work, school, and travel.

  • Context Based Analysis - Will enable a truly effective way to connect location with point of sale.

  • Mobile Scanning - Car companies and operators will be able to be able to install scanning devices that can "see" everything happening in the city during millions of trips made by vehicles.

  • Business Model Change is critical in order to create new opportunities for growth.

  • Privacy and our definition of what privacy entails will be fundamentally changed.