San Gabriel Valley (SVG)

Technology CEO Group

1st Friday of the month from | 8:15 am – 12:15 pm | Monrovia, CA

Upcoming Meeting

 FRIDAY, June 3, 2022

Opening Discussion Topic:

Your Business Model: Improvement Needed?

Covid was a time of great change. We’re still there. What will our “workplace” consist of over the next few years? Our economy? Our culture? New Technologies? New ways of living? New ways of doing business?

One way to get a quick handle on what’s going on with a business relative to changing circumstances is with a SWOT analysis. It’s about looking at the impact a collection of changes is having on shaping, and reshaping, the external Threats to our Business’ Model, based on our internal Weaknesses. And what Opportunities these changes are creating for us, leading to a potentially revised Business Model – given our current and available Strengths to act on these Opportunities.

In fact, reviewing our Business Model Canvas and an Adjacency Map, in light of our Strengths (as we better understand them from the Business Model Canvas), can be a useful way to identify many additional Opportunities to those we would have seen at first glance. (It’s probably also worth exploring the S W O T situation of potential competitors for these Opportunities.)

What’s a S W O T Analysis Map? A Business Model Canvas? An Adjacency Map? Since they are such potentially useful tools to ensure necessary improvements in times of great change – like now, we’ll overview them in a brief presentation, including sharing an Improved Current Version of the 2009 Standard Business Model Canvas. (Our “electronic handout” will also provide resources for those who want to better understand our Improved Current Version of the Standard Business Model Canvas.)

Our Round Table Discussion will focus on what the Group’s Members understand as the Key Threats and Opportunities to the “Heart” of their Business Models. This will be followed by a discussion of how modifications might be made most easily to your Business Model to pursue the kinds of Opportunities shared earlier.

As always, we’ll look to hear and discuss, “What’s Keeping You Up Nights?

We’ll also be serving as Strategic Advisory Board Members to our Featured Member:

Lute Maleki, Ph.D., is a Founder, President and CEO of OEwaves, Inc., which is focused on the development of advanced sensors and communication components and systems based on microwave photonics technologies for Department of Defense and other government and commercial customers.

Before re-joining OEwaves in April 2020, Lute was at GM/Cruise Automation, where he was responsible for the development of LiDAR for autonomous navigation. Prior to that, he was President and CEO of OEwaves. In 2014, he co-founded and served as CTO of Strobe, a LiDAR company spun out of OEwaves and acquired by GM/Cruise in 2017. Prior to joining OEwaves, Lute was a Senior Research Scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where he created and led the Quantum Sciences and Technologies Group.

Upcoming Meeting Dates

June 3…June 30*…Aug 5…Sept 2…Oct 7…Nov 4…Dec 2

Our San Gabriel Valley Technology Round Table meets on the 1st  Friday of the month (with the exception of some holidays ) – via Zoom and sometimes with an In-Person option. (*June 30 meeting date due to 4th of July holiday)

Past Discussion Topics Include

  • Effective Remote Team Members - What Works?
  • Hiring & Retaining Key Talent - What Works?
  • Gaining Competitive Advantage With Analytics, How?
  • Key Issues Shaping Your 2020 Strategy
  • Developing Your Key Marketing Person: Why? How?
  • Ensuring Effective Cypersecurity - What's Working?
  • Where Would I Invest An Extra $10M? Why There?
  • Capturing Value with Your Digital Strategy
  • Re-Thinking Your Digital Strategy
  • Key Issues Shaping Your 2019 Strategy
  • Customer Experience Management: Why? & How?
  • Agile Teams - When, Where & Why?
  • Blockchain - Applications Emerging – for Whom, What, Why & When
  • The People Side – A Key To Change Management
  • Becoming A Learning Organization:  Why - What - How?
  • Making Culture A Key Competitive Asset – How?
Networking & Commnication