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MIT/Stanford VLAB – Consumer Products Innovation 2007

This should be a good event – let me know if you’re planning to go:

MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB) Presents:
Consumer Products Innovation 2007

$35 – Online registration
$40 – Day of the event

Date and Location
Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at Stanford Graduate School of Business
6:00 – 7:30PM Networking/Buffet reception (Arbuckle Lounge)
7:00 – 8:30PM Panel discussion (Bishop Auditorium)

Martin Eberhard – CEO & Co-Founder, Tesla Motors

Robert Scoble – VP of Media Development, PodTech

Robert Acker – Senior Vice President of Marketing, Dash Navigation
Dave Blakely – Director of Technology Strategy, IDEO
Dave Mathews – Director of Product Innovation, Sling Media

Event Description

Product innovation — the art of taking an existing product and significantly improving it — has brought us some amazing advances. For example, the iPod replaced the Walkman, HDTV increased the picture quality of existing cable TV’s, and the ubiquitous mouse completely revolutionized a user’s computer experience.

One product that has not fundamentally changed since its inception (and was in dire need of innovation) has recently undergone more than just a facelift. In fact, it has been totally redesigned. Tesla Motors has developed a car that can outrun a Ferrari for a third of the cost, without the use of a combustion engine, and it looks simply spectacular.

Please join Martin Eberhard of Tesla Motors (Founder and CEO), and panelists Robert Acker of Dash Navigation (Sr. VP of Marketing), Dave Blakely of IDEO (Director of Technology Strategy), and Dave Mathews of Sling Media (Director of Product Innovation) in a discussion featuring the new Tesla Roadster and other products at the forefront of consumer innovation. Robert Scoble of PodTech (VP of Media Development) will be moderating the event.

To learn more about the event panel, visit

About VLAB

The MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB) is the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth and success of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures by connecting ideas, technology and people. We provide a forum for entrepreneurs, industry experts, venture capitalists, private investors and technologists to exchange insights about how to effectively grow high-tech ventures amidst dynamic market risks and challenges. In a world where markets change at breakneck speed, knowledge is a critical source of competitive advantage. Our forums provide an excellent opportunity to network and learn about pivotal business issues, emerging industries and the latest technologies.

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