Understanding Disruptive Innovation: The Cases of Internet, Telecom, and Electricity

Thursday, September 11, 2014; 1:00 - 7:00 PM
@ University of Colorado Law School, Room 101

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Hosted by the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship and the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment.

Over the last thirty years, technological change has accelerated at an increasing rate, threatening established business models and upending whole sectors of the economy. In the case of telecommunications, the rise of wireless services and Voice over Internet Protocol, for example, have transformed what was once a monopoly service. More generally, Internet services have regularly developed in a "disruptive" fashion, undermining existing business models. And in today's electric power sector, many analysts and commentators point to the rise of distributed energy resources such as rooftop solar, demand response, and storage, as a disruptive threat to prevailing regulatory and business models.

This conference will evaluate the increasing speed of disruptive innovation and its limits in these three sectors. In the telecommunications context, for example, there is still only limited competition in the last mile–notably, where broadband services to consumers and businesses do not face robust competition. And in electric power, questions remain whether the type of disruptive innovation seen in telecom–for example, the rise of wireless services–provides a useful analogy for understanding the changes currently taking place in that sector. By viewing these issues in comparative context, this conference seeks to shed light on the nature and limits of technological change in these three sectors, the role and potential limits of disruptive innovation, and the appropriate response for policy and regulation.

Welcome and Introduction
1:00pm - 1:15pm
  • William Boyd
    Associate Professor of Law
    University of Colorado
  • Phil Weiser
    Dean
    University of Colorado Law School
    Executive Director
    Silicon Flatirons
Electric Power
1:15pm - 2:15pm
Moderator
  • William Boyd
    Associate Professor of Law
    University of Colorado
Break
2:15pm - 2:30pm
Telecommunications
2:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Dan Caruso
    Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Zayo Group
  • James Feger
    Vice President - Network Strategy & Development
    CenturyLink
  • Angie Kronenberg
    Chief Advocate and General Counsel
    Comptel
  • Harold Teets
    Senior Vice President - Information and Network Technologies
    tw telecom
Moderator
  • Phil Weiser
    Dean
    University of Colorado Law School
    Executive Director
    Silicon Flatirons
Break
3:30pm - 3:45pm
Internet Services
3:45pm - 4:45pm
  • John Levisay
    Founder and Chief Executive Officer
    Craftsy
  • Dan'l Lewin
    Corporate Vice President, Technology and Civic Engagement
    Microsoft
  • Ryan McIntyre
    Managing Director
    Foundry Group
  • Sarah Schupp
    Chief Executive Officer and Founder
    UniversityParent
Moderator
  • Harry Surden
    Associate Professor of Law
    University of Colorado
Break
4:45pm - 5:00pm
Closing Panel: The Investment Perspective
5:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Nicole Glaros
    Chief Product Officer
    Techstars
  • James Linfield
    Partner
    Cooley LLP
  • William Perry
    Venture Advisor
    Infield Capital and Vision Ridge Partners
  • John Siegel
    Partner
    Columbia Capital
  • John Wallington
    Co-Founder and Managing Partner
    UPC Capital Ventures, LLC
Moderator
  • Brad Bernthal
    Associate Professor of Law
    University of Colorado
    Entrepreneurship Initiative Director
    Silicon Flatirons
Reception
6:00pm - 7:00pm

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Reading List

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