From Left: Kevin Maney, Michael Dell, Doug Mellinger, Jonathan Newman and Samuel J. Palmisano
What do salads and the economy have to do with each other? Factor in technology, and the answer is jobs.
Yesterday, 463 had the pleasure of working with the Technology CEO Council (TCC) on the release of the “High Impact” Report.
The next generation of high-growth firms – the ‘gazelles’ that reshape our economy and create millions of American jobs – are the companies that best leverage technology to start-up, grow and more effectively compete in the global marketplace, according to a new economic report released today by the Technology CEO Council (TCC).
Journalist and author, Kevin Maney, moderated a discussion at the historic Hay-Adams hotel with Dell's Founder and CEO Michael Dell, IBM Chairman Samuel J. Palmisano, Palm Ventures Partner and Former Chairman of the National Commission on Entrepreneurship Doug Mellinger and Sweetgreen CEO and Co-Founder Jonathan Neman. The panelists discussed how technology is helping entrepreneurs create new companies and pioneer new business models that reinvent the global economy (see the discussion on Twitter, #TCCHighImpact).
For entrepreneurs like Sweetgreen’s Jonathan Newman, new digital data and analytic technology is credited for getting his idea of a business off the ground as a senior at Georgetown University, turning salad and frozen yogurt into a successful business venture.
In fact, the report found that other entrepreneurs that were “intensive users of IT” grew jobs at a rate of 5.1 percent from 2001-2009 while overall employment shrank by 0.5 percent.
During the panel, Newman explained that from his iPhone, he could control everything from the temperature to what song is playing at each of his 11 stores. Soon, according to Newman, Sweetgreen will roll out and leverage a new online ordering system—straight from one’s smartphone.