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Saul Kaplan Founder Chief Catalyst BIF

Saul Kaplan is the founder and Chief Catalyst of the Business Innovation Factory and author of The Business Model Innovation Factory: How to Stay Relevant when the World Is Changing.

Kaplan started BIF in 2005 with a mission to enable business model innovation. BIF makes transformational change safer and easier to manage for institutional leaders by helping them explore, test, and commercialize next practices and new business models.

Prior to BIF Kaplan served as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and as the Executive Counselor to the Governor on Economic and Community Development.

Prior to his state leadership role Kaplan served as a Senior Strategy Partner in Accenture’s Health & Life-Science practice and worked broadly throughout the pharmaceutical, medical products, and biotechnology industry. Kaplan also spent eight years working for the Pharmaceutical Division of Eli Lilly and Company. As a Marketing Plans Manager, Kaplan assisted in developing the launch strategy and successful introduction of Prozac into the U.S. market.

Kaplan shares his innovation musings on Twitter (@skap5) and on Medium (@skap5).

Kaplan holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute focusing on the strategic management of technology and a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island.

Saul Kaplan named Founding Member of The IEEE Fair Trade Data Initiative

The Business Innovation Factory (BIF) is pleased to announce that Founder and Chief Catalyst, Saul Kaplan has been named a Founding Member of The IEEE Fair Trade Data Initiative, a collaboration to develop a standards framework governing the fair trade of human and personal data.

IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. The Fair Trade Data Initiative is a working group of diverse stakeholders collaborating to create a recommendation for a standard to the IEEE Standards Association intending to help guide consumers, corporations and countries engage in the fair trade of inherent human data.

“It’s an honor and privilege to serve as a Founding Member of the IEEE Fair Trade Data Initiative. In developing global standards for the fair trade of human and personal data, we have the unique opportunity to ensure that the voice of the consumer is at the center of the framework.”  

Initiative Founding Team*:

  • Fahd Beg, Chief Investment Officer at Naspers
  • Dr. Christopher Boone, PhD, Vice President, Global Medical Epidemiology and Big Data Analysis Lead at Pfizer, Inc.
  • Krishna Cheriath, Chief Data Officer at Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Richie Etwaru, Chief Executive Officer at
  • Saul Kaplan, Founder and Chief Catalyst at Business Innovation Factory
  • Dr. Jennifer Miller, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Medicine and Founder, Bioethics International
  • Keerthika M. Subramanian, Esq., Corporate and Securities Attorney at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

*All founding team members are acting strictly as individuals and not as representatives of their respective organizations

IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) is a leading consensus building organization that nurtures, develops and advances global technologies, through IEEE. Bringing together a broad range of individuals and organizations from a wide range of technical and geographic points of origin to facilitate standards development and standards related collaboration.

To learn more about the initiative, including how to participate, visit:  Fair Trade Data Initiative


Saul Kaplan: There’s no higher purpose

There’s no higher purpose than to be a catalyst. In this video story, BIF founder Saul Kaplan talks about what it’s like to start a positive reaction then get out of the way and trust what comes next.

Saul Kaplan at BIF4: The Anti-Silo Crusader

BIF-4 opening remarks from Saul Kaplan, founder and Chief Catalyst of the Business Innovation Factory.

Richard Saul Wurman at BIF9: A possible map of Richard Saul Wurman (or, one iteration thereof…)

Richard Saul Wurman starts his BIF9 talk with one powerful statement: the word ‘innovation’ has lost its meaning. Instead, he suggests that subtraction is the key to innovation, telling innovators to find A NOSE (Addition, Need, Opposites, Subtraction, Epiphany).

Richard Saul Wurman: A Possible Map of Richard Saul Wurman (Or, One Iteration Thereof…)

Every book, every conference, every design Richard Saul Wurman creates is a comparative experiment on how he can get people closer to telling the truth. This concept is part of a group of guiding principles of Information Architecture (a term ascribed to him).

Richard Saul Wurman: On the Right Way to Peel a Banana

Known for reinvention, and never being afraid to disrupt, Richard Saul Wurman always keeps things interesting. RSW’s BIF-7 talk is no excpetion to this. Teaching us it’s okay to blow up your own ideas, Wurman unviels his lastest adventure, the WWW Conference. He keeps it simple: Pairings of amazingly interesting individuals prompted by a question, generating conversation.

Richard Saul Wurman at BIF6: Understanding change and the change in understanding

The only way to communicate is to understand what it is like not to understand. The inimitable Richard Saul Wurman begins his story by telling the audience “you’re all stupid,” He finishes with a few tales about why it’s an utter joy to really not know things because that’s the best starting point for innovation.


Richard Saul Wurman at BIF4: Information Architect for the World’s Greatest Cities

RSW offers an update on his 19.20.21 project.