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CXO Forum: Designing the Future in an Age of Disruption

Designing the Future in an Age of Disruption

Last Tuesday over 50 CXOs from the tech community joined
together for Designing the Future in an Age of Disruption. MassTLC’s CEO, Tom Hopcroft began the
discussion with some key findings from MassTLC’s State of the Tech Economy
, highlighting the large role of tech on the Massachusetts economy,
the need for more talent, and the need to focus on women and minorities as
critical components of the tech workforce.

Following Tom, economist and co-editor of MassBenchmarks, Michael Goodman
presented his state of the state. Michael walked through a number of factors
that, in spite of the State’s economic forecast being strong, will affect
growth of the Massachusetts economy including global markets, global conflict,
huge demographic shifts, and even climate change.

Michael’s presentation dovetailed into our panel where
members shared their stories and their insights on how regulatory and public
policy agencies must work faster to move the regulatory processes in line with
tech and enable innovation. Panelists included Sarah Biller of State
Street Global Exchange
, Jim Noga of Partners
, Tom Ryden of MassRobotics,
Brian Tilzer of CVS Health, and Cathy Zhou
of Uber.
Sarah spoke of the huge opportunities that have continued to
evolve due to the massive data – both structured and unstructured – that have
allowed corporate and individual investors to make substantially smarter
Jim and Brian also spoke of using data to deliver more
individualized healthcare in a much more efficient and effective manner.
Examples from Jim included having the ability to see multiple specialists who
all have access to your health record, allowing your care to become more
tailored to you. While Brian spoke of providing care on demand coupled with
pharmaceutical care.
Tom and Cathy focused most on transportation citing
autonomous vehicles and ridesharing respectively. Yet both warned of the
negative impact that the current regulatory framework could have on moving Massachusetts
to the forefront, not only as an economic development opportunity but also the
ability to combat our ever increasing infrastructure and mass transit issues.
This conversation has only just begun, we will be continuing
the discussion and taking a deep dive into these topics on November 18 at
MassTLC’s TRANSFORM, an initiative
in which the tech industry, along with academia and policy makers come together
to talk about how we embrace the new opportunities coming about through our
technology oriented, data driven, and on-demand economy.

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