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Perspectives on current and emerging digital innovation themes
Vivek Sharma
Vivek Sharma teaches business innovation to graduate data science & MBA students at USC Marshall. He is CEO & Founder of InStride, a learning services enterprise designed to achieve significant social impact through partnerships with universities and employers, providing employees the opportunity to earn the highest-quality degrees.
Previously, Vivek was SVP, Digital Guest Experience & eCommerce for Disney Parks, Experiences & Products, where he led global eCommerce, physical-digital convergence and AI integration. Vivek also served as GM of Yahoo! Mail & Messenger, VP of product management for Yahoo! Search & Commerce, and as an associate partner in McKinsey & Company’s Technology practice. He graduated from Indian Institute of Technology and holds an MBA from INSEAD.
January 17, 2019

How are retail incumbents weathering the digital tsunami?

With digital innovation disrupting traditional business practices of incumbent retail companies, how can these brands match the evolving expectations of shoppers and stay relevant?

January 08, 2019

Where are autonomous vehicles headed?

As automotive manufacturers progressively—and inevitably—innovate to advanced levels of automated vehicles, the transport and transportation ecosystem is profoundly changing.

December 19, 2018

How are governments adopting AI?

While the majority of today's media coverage focuses on AI adoption in the private sector, in this blogpost we examine how the public sector is adopting AI, specifically within federal, state, and city governments.

December 10, 2018

How did digital storage (effectively) become free?

Demand for digital storage continues to accelerate, yet the cost of digital storage has dropped to nearly free. What explains this phenomenon, and what are the implications for the future of digital storage technologies?

November 29, 2018

How does edge computing complement the cloud?

Cloud computing has led to a new wave of centralized computing, but this digital technology comes with its own set of unique challenges. In this blogpost, we discuss how edge computing can coexist with cloud and help address these challenges.

October 01, 2018

Why is 5G disruptive?

In this blogpost, we explore the significant value and disruptive potential of 5G cellular technology, as well as several key hurdles to 5G becoming mainstream.

September 12, 2018

How are AR and VR being commercialized?

Artificial reality and virtual reality are rapidly becoming part of our everyday lives. In this blogpost, we look at use cases powering this growth across four industries—retail,

August 28, 2018

Why is Facial Recognition the New Face of Innovation?

Facial recognition is a disruptive force powering a wave of innovative tools and business applications. In this blogpost, we demystify this technology and explore the rapidly evolving facial recognition ecosystem in China.

August 16, 2018

How Chinese FinTech helps serve the underserved?

Retail banking and lending institutions are a central force for economic growth, yet still underserve customers.

August 01, 2018

Why are digital firms getting physical?

After years of disrupting traditional physical businesses, why are major leading digital companies suddenly going physical themselves? In this blogpost, we discuss several key drivers of the recent "online going offline" trend.