About

Dr Jay van Zyl

Innovator and entrepreneur in the world of technology innovation. Currently involved in a number of projects that focus on artificial intelligence and how the human-social dimension is used to produce more reliable predictions. Machine learning is used in a number of situations that require effective use of data with supervised and unsupervised related algorithms. Including human behavior, where re-enforcement learning and inference get used, is pushing us into a new realm of research.
The last 20 years: working at the cusp of innovative technology and business models in product design and delivery. Interested in mega-waves of change and how humans transform themselves through cycles of innovation. Spent the first half of my career caring about the “how” of innovation, leading up to the completion of my PhD in 2001. The influence of digital and technological inventions on the human, lifted my focus to the “why” humans innovate.
After working for six years on “Built to Thrive”, I realised that the world of innovation is entering another major wave of re-invention. “Built to Thrive, making your mark in a connected world” was published in 2011 focuses on the social aspects of innovation. The “Process Innovation Imperative” book focuses on innovation in product companies originally published in 2003.
Working with the the “Innovation for Jobs” community in Silicon Valley as the lead analytics partner based at the Stanford Research Institute. We are working on leading approaches to push innovation performance to new levels by exploring analytical algorithms at the intersection of idea, human, company, location and event. Also involved in a number of stealth projects to build out some key philosophies in software and ecosystem technologies. Spent the last 20 years working at the cusp of innovative technology and business models.
Interested in mega-waves of change and how humans transform themselves through cycles of innovation. Spent the first half of my career caring about the “how” of innovation, leading up to the completion of my PhD in 2001. The influence of digital and technological inventions on the human, lifted my focus to the “why” humans innovate. After working for six years on “Built to Thrive”, I realized that the world of innovation is entering another major wave of re-invention. As adjunct faculty at the Gordon Institute of Business Science and California State University, I facilitate workshops, do teaching, research and supervise students on doctoral programs. This became a great way to keep my research up to date and skills in tune. Even though my interest in the philosophical aspects of machine automation and the role that humans play is core to much of my work, I keep upto date with a number of technologies.
I’m involved in a number of advisory boards and academic panels. “Built to Thrive, making your mark in a connected world” was published in 2011 focuses on the social aspects of innovation. The “Process Innovation Imperative” book focuses on innovation in product companies originally published in 2003.  


Selected events:

Cyber-security event in Los Angeles.​
Presentation at SIBOS 2015 (40 min marker) in Singapore where I talk about “Value Data” and how algorithms are applied to predict human behavior.
BrightTalk Webcast in London “Machine Learning in Financial Services: Generating insights and staying ahead”.
How Networks of Innovation are used in the modern organization.
A view on why Products and Services are very different in the innovation world.
Interview in 2012 discussing the Built to Thrive approach.
Talking about Business Ecosystems in 2007.