IT companies are addicted to exponential growth. But is this good for our planet, our society, and ourselves? Social entrepreneurship claims to offer an alternative - but something still doesn't feel right. This talk will combine my practical experience building "nonprofit businesses" with the macroeconomic theory of "post-growth" economists like Tim Jackson and Kate Raworth. This talk will question everything that you know about entrepreneurship, provide practical tools to build something different, and then offer you a blue pill and a red pill. Can you go back to "business as usual" again?
Level: Non technical / For everyone
CEO/Co-founder - Radically Open Security
Dr. Melanie Rieback is the CEO/Co-founder of Radically Open Security and former Asst Professor of Computer Science at VU. Melanie was named 2010 ICT Professional of the Year (Finalist) by WomeninIT, one of the 400 most successful women in the Netherlands by Viva Magazine (Viva400) in 2010 and 2017, one of the fifty most inspiring women in tech (Inspiring Fifty Netherlands) in 2016 and 2017, and the Most Innovative IT Leader by CIO Magazine NL (TIM Award) in 2017. Her company, Radically Open Security was also named the 50th Most Innovative SME by the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in 2016.