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Mark Payne

Founder and president of innovation consultancy Fahrenheit 212, author of How to Kill a Unicorn

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  • About Mark Payne

    As co-founder and president of leading innovation consultancy Fahrenheit 212, Mark Payne has spearheaded innovation projects that have created over $3 billion in revenue for Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial emerging businesses, and private equity firms.

    An architect of the firm’s Money & Magic philosophy, its outcome-based business model and its breakthrough Two-Sided Innovation Method of fusing analytical commercial strategy with user-centered creativity, he is both a front line innovator shaping new product pipelines for the world’s great companies, and an industry thought leader. Challenging entrenched innovation myths and orthodoxies, the firm drives toward more effective ways to think and work in pursuit of the growth companies rely on innovation to deliver.

    Fahrenheit 212 has been described as ‘The Innovator’s Paradise’ by Fortune, a ‘White Hot Idea Factory’ by BusinessWeek, the ‘Epicenter of Innovation’ by Esquire, and ‘Melding the Best of McKinsey & IDEO’ by Fast Company.

    Payne’s insights on how innovators from big organizations to startups can transform the odds of success are captured in the book How to Kill a Unicorn: How the World’s Hottest Innovation Factory Builds Bold Ideas That Make It to Market highlighted with behind the scenes stories from the firm’s work with the likes of The Coca-Cola Company, Samsung, Procter & Gamble, and GE.

    A regularly quoted innovation expert, his perspectives have appeared in leading publications including Fast Company, Fortune, Wired, BusinessWeek, Investor’s Business Daily, and Crain’s. A provocative speaker on the subjects of innovation methodology, creative thinking, growth strategy and design, his recent speaking engagements have included the Chief Innovation Officers’ Summit (New York, London), Harvard Business School’s xDesign Conference, FT Innovate, the Wharton School of Business, Columbia Business School, Pratt Institute of Design, IFT Wellness, New York University, HEC Paris, Johns Hopkins University, and leadership conferences at many top tier companies.

    Mark Payne holds a BA cum laude in economics and psychology from Middlebury College, coaches little league baseball, collects vintage guitars, and is a trustee of the Woodstock Day School.

  • Speaking Topics

    Lessons from the Innovation Front Lines

    Using case studies from his firm’s innovation work with many of the world’s great companies and his new book How to Kill a Unicorn, Payne will share the surprising insights, unique philosophy and tangible methods that have allowed the firm to transform the odds of innovation success—getting inspired ideas through the pipeline onto the balance sheet. The audience will leave better equipped to succeed at whatever innovation challenges they face Monday morning.

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    Praise for How To Kill A Unicorn

    Payne has his finger on the pulse of creative problem solving...

    Publishers Weekly

    Anyone can get lost in the ocean of materials to describe the business world. Every now and then a book comes along that break through the crowd.

    Bullet News
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