Ori Brafman is a lifelong entrepreneur. His adventures include a wireless startup, health food advocacy group, and a network of CEOs working on public benefit projects, which he co-founded with Rod Beckstrom. He holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford Business School. Rod A. Beckstrom is a serial start-up entrepreneur. He founded CATS Software Inc, which he took public and has helped start and build other high tech firms. Rod has served on various private and nonprofit boards. He holds a BA and MBA from Stanford and is a Fulbright Scholar.
"The Starfish and the Spider is a compelling and important book." --Pierre Omidyar, CEO, Omidyar Network and Founder and Chairman, eBay Inc."The Starfish and the Spider, like Blink, The Tipping Point, and The Wisdom of Crowds before it, showed me a provocative new way to look at the world and at business. It'salso fun to read!" --Robin Wolaner, founder, Parenting Magazine and author, Naked in the Boardroom "A fantastic read. Constantly weaving stories and connections. You'll never see the world the same way again." --Nicholas J. Nicholas Jr., former Co-CEO, Time Warner "A must-read. Starfish are changing the face of business and society. This page-turner is provocative and compelling." --David Martin, CEO, Young Presidents' Organization "The Starfish and the Spider provides a powerful prism for understanding the patterns and potential of self-organizing systems." --Steve Jurvetson, Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson "The Starfish and the Spider lifts the lid on a massive revolution in the making, a revolution certain to reshape every organization on the planet from bridge clubs to global governments. Brafman and Beckstrom elegantly describe what is afoot and offer a wealth of insights that will be invaluable to anyone starting something new--or rescuing something old--amidst this vast shift." --Paul Saffo, Director, Institute for the Future "The Starfish and the Spider is great reading. [It has] not only stimulated my thinking, but as a result of the reading, I proposed ten action points for my own organization."--Professor Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum