Lisa Gansky

Lisa Gansky

Entrepreneur, International Speaker and Bestselling Author on Innovation and Tech

Lisa is the author of The Mesh: Why the Future of Business Is Sharing, and the “instigator” behind the Mesh Directory. She often speaks on the topic of technology, social currency and business platforms and models.

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Lisa is an entrepreneur, international speaker and author of the bestselling book, The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing and the founder and chief instigator of Mesh Labs and Mesh Ventures.

Mesh Labs is dedicated to working at the intersection of urban and business innovation and the sharing economy. Lisa and her team work in the design of new products, models, partnerships and with an emphasis on urban settings. Lisa invests, advises, speaks and writes on the topics of innovation, collaboration and the Share Economy including: resilient cities as platforms for sharing, the ‘crowd’ as partner, power of peers, shareable business models, the hidden value in waste, and the growing global rise of entrepreneurship.

Currently, Lisa is Chief Instigator of Mesh Labs and an advisor and investor in these ventures: Breather, Clear Cove Systems, Elihuu, Feastly, Greenbiz, Honest Buildings, Instructables (sold to Autodesk), Makani Power (sold to Google), Miso Tasty, Munchery, OpenRov, Other Machine Company, RelayRides, Ridepal, Sidecar, Science Exchange, Scoot Networks, Solar Mosaic, Squidoo, Sunfolding, TaskRabbit, Vayable and Yerdle.

Prior to her work on the Mesh, she was CEO, co-founder and chairman of Ofoto, Lisa and the team worked to develop Ofoto into a world-class consumer services offering. She left three years after Ofoto was acquired by Eastman Kodak and reached over 58 million global customers in 2004. In addition to her roles at Ofoto and Eastman Kodak, she was a Co-founder and CEO of GNN, the first commercial website, acquired by AOL in 1995 where she directed Internet products and services for AOL through 1997. Lisa has been an investor and board member of more than thirty companies.

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Radical Trust: How Blockchain Liberates the Next Economy

Blockchain technology, one of the most buzzed-about yet least understood technological innovations of recent years, is at a point similar to where the Internet was in the mid-1990s or peer-to-peer file-sharing services were in the late 1990s: ready for takeoff. The Economist has cited blockchain s extraordinary potential in business, since it enables people who have no particular confidence in each other to collaborate without having to go through a neutral central authority...

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The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing

Traditional businesses follow a simple formula: create a product or service, sell it, collect money. But in the last few years a fundamentally different model has taken root-one in which consumers have more choices, more tools, more information, and more peer-to-peer power. Pioneering entrepreneur Lisa Gansky calls it the Mesh and reveals why it will dominate the future of business. Mesh companies use social media, wireless networks, and data crunched from every available source to provide people with goods and services at the exact moment they need them, without the burden and expense of owning them outright...

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