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John Calian is a Senior Vice President at Deutsche Telekom and the Head of the Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs) in Berlin. At T-Labs the passion for innovation and technology drives a group of 300 international experts, scientists and entrepreneurs from a variety of disciplines and from over 25 nations to work together in the four core fields of blockchain, intelligence, experience and academia as a service.

John co-founded and leads all product development for the T-Labs Blockchain Group, a team dedicated to decentralise research and development. In this dual role, John is responsible for developing and leading innovation topics, including blockchain strategies and initiatives, machine learning techniques and customer experiences. For Deutsche Telekom and for its partners.

Prior to joining T-Labs, John held several technology leadership roles and was the founder and COO of startup software firms such as Kopo Kopo, a fintech company that enables businesses in emerging markets to grow through digital payments.

John holds an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s of Arts, History degree at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Case study

'Aligning incentives: innovation in the corporate world'

Research and development focuses on bringing disruptive ideas into products and services, often challenging the status quo. Yet, in a corporate environment it takes more than curiosity and cleverness to succeed. One must spend an equal amount of time on politics, budgets and sales. In short, the key is to align ‘incentives’.

Hear from John as he describes the model they have created at T-Labs, the innovation lab of Deutsche Telekom.

To be announced.

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