Executive Journeys to Silicon Valley

Become the digital leader in your industry.
Next trip: October 2020
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We will help you think through and achieve digital leadership in your industry.

Your company is in the midst of a digital assault? You have started redoing your processes, have begun to develop digital services or to complement existing products with digital features?

You are still wondering how artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data and predictive analytics, perceptual computing, connectivity, virtual reality and other trends emerging from Silicon Valley will affect your company?

Yet, it is only a matter of time before the proverbial creative destruction by young upstarts from start-ups, platform-based transactions and the sharing economy will change the pattern of your industry or even eliminate current players?

Join us on one of our Executive Learning Journeys to Silicon Valley or book a Customized Learning Journey for your company!

Come with us to the valley of innovative founders

Inspiration

Be inspired by entrepreneurs and experts that live and work in Silicon Valley and San Francisco and experience the entrepreneurial spirit of the Valley up close and personal.

Networking

Expand your personal and professional network by taking part in networking events in the trendy locations of the Valley and by exchanging experiences with Silicon Valley personalities.

Knowledge

Learn more on topics including AI, predictive analytics, platform-based business, VC and the sharing economy from digital experts and during workshops with founders and entrepreneurs.

Book your place on one of our
Executive Learning Journeys

October 5 - 9, 2020

Get more information on our next trip to Silicon Valley in October 2020.

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2021

Stay tuned for more information on our trips in 2021.

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Example program

Sunday
  • Arrival at San Francisco Airport and at your hotel in the Bay Area.
  • Welcome Dinner and Dinner Speech

Monday
  • Workshop on Digital Leadership by Prof. Dr. Thomas Armbrüster.
  • Stanford Campus Walking Tour.
  • Talk by a Stanford Professor:
    “Why and how clusters emerge”
  • Foreign Start-ups Mixer and Pitch in San Francisco.
  • Dinner Speech by an author and Silicon Valley expert.
Tuesday
  • Visit to two of the “Big five” Silicon Valley companies.
  • Electric car test driving.
  • Talk by an engineer that has woked for Tesla and Nio: "Challenges of building e-cars"
  • Dinner in Palo Alto.

Wednesday
  • Visit to a large Silicon Valley tech company: “The Internet of Things”
  • Talk by an expert on VC in the transportation sector: “The revolution in automotive”
  • Talk by an expert on Predictive Analytics: “The impact of predictive analytics”
  • Silicon Valley Evening Network Event.
Thursday
  • Talk by an expert on AI and Machine Learning: “The impact of AI and machine learning”
  • Workshop with an expert on Platform-based Business: “The impact of the sharing economy”
  • Company visit to a global freelancing platform: “Skills, platforms, and freelancing: the future of work”
  • San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge and Dinner.
Friday
  • Talk by an expert on Seed Funding: “Funding start-ups in the Valley versus Germany”
  • Talk by a Silicon Valley expert and mentor at the German Accelerator: “German start-ups in life sciences and tech”
  • Closing workshop: Summary and lessons learned.
  • Farewell party at Half Moon Bay: Dinner at Sam's Chowder House.
Saturday
  • Shuttle from the hotel to San Francisco airport.
  • Flight back to Germany.

Or book a Customized Learning
Journey for your company

We can put together a customized program for your managers for a one-week trip to Silicon Valley. Based on the issues currently important to your company and your industry, we will provide you with an individualized experience fit for your managers. The goal of the customized program is to provide experiential learning through workshops with reseachers and experts from:
Stanford University and other leading universities and research labs on current topics
Generation Z: their way of working, their way of communicating, and the technologies they use
Cooperation technology (future of work)
Machine connectivity and the internet of things
Sharing economy and platform-based transactions
Virtual reality
Artificial intelligence and machine learning
Perceptual computing and image recognition
Drone technology
Autonomous driving and vehicle connectivity
Big data and predictive analytics
App programming
Data visualization and imaging procedures

We are able to put together a program for companies of any industry, based on pre-trip conversations on current issues in the sector. Here are four example programs.

Sunday
  • Arrival at San Francisco Airport and in the hotel in Palo Alto.
  • Get-together and dinner in the evening.

Monday
  • Kick-off workshop. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Workshop with an expert on Big Data and Predictive Analytics in transport. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Workshop with an expert on Virtual Reality and Internet of Things in transport. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Dinner in Palo Alto: “Where venture capitalists meet start-ups.”
Tuesday
  • Visit to a co-working space in Palo Alto: Where the start-up scene meets
  • Workshop with an expert on Artificial Intelligence in transport. Venue: the expert’s company
  • Network event: meet the German community in the Silicon Valley

Wednesday
  • Visiting San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Dinner in San Francisco.

Thursday
  • Visit an accelerator/incubator: Where ideas emerge and spread.
  • Workshop with an expert on Digital Business Models in transport and logistics. Venue: the expert’s company
  • Workshop with an expert on Connectivity and Self-driving Vehicles. Venue: the expert’s company

Friday
  • Workshop with an expert on Air Mobility and Reverse Logistics. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Closing workshop: Summary and lessons learned. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Farewell Party at Half Moon Bay.

Saturday
  • Departure and flight home.
Sunday
  • Arrival at San Francisco Airport and in the hotel in Palo Alto.
  • Get-together and dinner in the evening.

Monday
  • Kick-off workshop. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Workshop with an expert on Smart Factory: Big Data and Predictive Analytics in construction. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Workshop with an expert on Smart Factory: Virtual Reality and IoT in construction. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Dinner in Palo Alto: “Where venture capitalists meet start-ups.”

Tuesday
  • Visit to a co-working space in Palo Alto: Where the start-up scene meets
  • Workshop with an expert on Next Generation: 5D Building Information Modeling (BIM). Venue: the expert’s company
  • Network event: meet the German community in the Silicon Valley
Wednesday
  • Visiting San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Dinner in San Francisco.

Thursday
  • Visit an accelerator/incubator: Where ideas emerge and spread.
  • Workshop with an expert on Digital Construction Organization. Venue: the expert’s company
  • Workshop with an expert on Digital Workspace Solutions in the construction business. Venue: the expert’s company
Friday
  • Workshop with an expert on Drones in the construction business. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Closing workshop: Summary and lessons learned. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Farewell Party at Half Moon Bay
Saturday
  • Departure and flight home.

Sunday
  • Arrival at San Francisco Airport and in the hotel in Palo Alto.
  • Get-together and dinner in the evening.
Monday
  • Kick-off workshop. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Workshop with an expert on Big Data and Predictive Analytics in health care. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Workshop with an expert on Virtual Reality and Internet of Things in health care.  Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Dinner in Palo Alto: “Where venture capitalists meet start-ups.”
Tuesday
  • Visit to a co-working space in Palo Alto: Where the start-up scene meets
  • Workshop with an expert on Virtual Reality in Healthcare: Human Simulation Software, Virtual Reality Diagnostics and Virtual Robotic Surgery. Venue: the expert’s company
  • Network event: meet the German community in the Silicon Valley

Wednesday
  • Visiting San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Dinner in San Francisco.

Thursday
  • Visit to a co-working space in Palo Alto: Where the start-up scene meets
  • Workshop with an expert on Artificial Intelligence in transport. Venue: the expert’s company
  • Network event: meet the German community in the Silicon Valley
Friday
  • Workshop with an expert on Artificial Intelligence in healthcare: Will AI redesign health services? Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Closing workshop: Summary and lessons learned. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Farewell Party at Half Moon Bay
Saturday
  • Departure and flight home.
Sunday
  • Arrival at San Francisco Airport and in the hotel in Palo Alto.
  • Get-together and dinner in the evening.

Monday
  • Kick-off workshop. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Workshop with an expert on Big Data and Predictive Analytics. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Workshop with an expert on Virtual Reality and Internet of Things. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Dinner in Palo Alto: “Where venture capitalists meet start-ups.”

Tuesday
  • Visit to a co-working space in Palo Alto: Where the start-up scene meets
  • Workshop with an expert on Drones in the construction business. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Network event: meet the German community in the Silicon Valley

Wednesday
  • Visiting San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Dinner in San Francisco.

Thursday
  • Visit an accelerator/incubator: Where ideas emerge and spread
  • Workshop with an expert on Autonomous Driving and Artificial Intelligence. Venue: the expert’s company
  • Workshop with an expert on Digital Workspace Solutions. Venue: the expert’s company

Friday
  • Workshop with an expert on Experiences of German Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Closing workshop: Summary and lessons learned. Venue: Stanford Faculty Club
  • Farewell Party at Half Moon Bay

Saturday
  • Departure and flight home.

Meet the team.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Armbrüster

Principal & Senior Executive Trainer at Prof. Armbrüster Leadership Services

Thomas Armbrüster is a professor of business administration and knowlewdge management at the University of Marburg, Germany, and the owner of Prof. Armbrüster Leadership Services GmbH. He studied management and mechanical engineering (Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen) at the Technical University of Berlin, holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, worked in leading consulting firms, and was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. He has been an advisor and leadership trainer for companies in the transport, the pharmaceuticals, the automotive, the construction, the software, the health care, the steel, and the media industry. He cooperates with Stanford University, with Mannheim Business School, and with various companies in the Silicon Valley.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Armbrüster

Principal & Senior Executive Trainer at Prof. Armbrüster Leadership Services

Dr. Johannes Ziegler

CEO of miaplaza

Johannes Ziegler is the CEO of Miaplaza Inc., a company headquartered in Menlo Park offering interactive educational content for children ages 5 -12. Prior to Miaplaza, Johannes was the CEO of Synesis Inc, a management consulting firm based in Silicon Valley. Through his work at Synesis, Johannes helped senior executives at major corporations including IBM, Intuit, Microsoft, HP, Netscape, Cisco, 3Com, and Applied Materials improve customer orientation and agility in their organizations. Earlier in his career Johannes Ziegler worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company’s high tech practice, and as a researcher at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where he co-authored „Survival of the Smartest,“ the book that introduced the principles of „Organizational IQ.‘ Johannes Ziegler has lived in Germany, China, and California. He studied technical cybernetics at Stuttgart University and holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from Augsburg University.

Dr. Johannes Ziegler

CEO of miaplaza

Ram 
Srinivasan

Chair of the Steering Committee at German Accelerator Tech

Ram has over 35 years‘ experience in engineering and marketing management over a spectrum of high technology companies (Enterprise, B2B, B2C) across multiple segments (Big Data, Analytics, IoT, Mobility etc.) Currently he is the Chair of the Steering Committee for the German Accelerator. He was a Venture Partner at Wellington Partners in Munich as the eyes and ears in the Silicon Valley for deal calibration and operations counsel. At Fireclick he was the founding CEO and was acquired by Digital River. Previously he was a member of the executive team at RightPoint (acquired by E.piphany), Red Brick Systems (IPO), Informix, and Hewlett-Packard. Ram’s technical intuition allows him to cut through technology and focus on business challenges crying for elegant solutions. His penchant for solving gnarly business challenges while mobilizing multi-disciplined teams together rapidly to attack new markets is appreciated by organizations he consults with. Ram focuses on delivering results with a unique blend of intuition, discipline and creativity. Ram has post graduate degrees from UCSB and Indian Institute of Science with a bachelors from NITK (National Institute of Technology).

Ram 
Srinivasan

Chair of the Steering Committee at German Accelerator Tech

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