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Nilofer Merchant

Nilofer Merchant

Corporate Director with Social Era Expertise

Silicon Valley, California, Other

I began my career at Apple and have since been a CEO, run Fortune 500 companies, led successful start-ups, and launched over 100 products that account for $18B in revenues. I've gathered monikers such as the "Jane Bond of Innovation" along the way for my ability to guide organizations through impossible odds. I'm also the ...




"If you are irritated by every rub, how will you get polished?" That's from Rumi; I remind myself that any challenge or situation could be helping me in ways I cannot yet see and to stay curious in the process.

Wilderness backpacking, hiking, caffeine, learning new ideas, dark-chocolate-covered-orange-peels that are best when eaten in France, and all-things-bacon. In the last few years, I've become known for doing walkntalks -- even did a talk at TED2013 on the topic.

Joining Google as a Corporate Director. Or Starbucks, even. Or Nike, or REI. Or IBM. Actually, I'm flexible on which company if it allows for this dream to come true: our business Giants reinvent themselves to be viable and thriving by applying the business models of the Social Era.

Harvard Business School Press

Social Era Author


Corporate Board Advisor


Corporate Director


Corporate Board Advisor

Stanford University


Santa Clara University


Rubicon Consulting, Inc

CEO and Founder


Revenues Manager, Americas

Adobe Systems

VP of Sales & Marketing


Many roles

Santa Clara University


University of San Francisco

B.S. in Economics

De Anza College

AA in Political Science