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Align Technology's Tom Prescott '92, Apple Retail's Nick Severino '94 and ServiceSource's Mike Smerklo '97 talk growth strategies at a Kellogg Insight Live event in San Francisco.

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Understanding the complexities of growth

Alumni from Apple, Align Technology and ServiceSource join Professor Mike Mazzeo for a talk on growth strategies


3/13/2015 - The challenge to create lasting growth is complex, says Mike Mazzeo, an associate professor of strategy and author of Roadside MBA: Backroad Lessons for Executives, Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners. From uncovering and leveraging capabilities to figuring out how and where to expand, growth can be both obtainable and elusive at the same time.

“That challenge is one that we find multi-disciplinary,” Mazzeo said to a packed audience March 4 in San Francisco. “[They] aren’t challenges that can be isolated.”

With those challenges in mind, Mazzeo led a panel discussion on creating lasting growth at a Kellogg Insight Live event with Apple Retail Vice President and CFO Nick Severino ’94, ServiceSource Chairman Mike Smerklo ’97 and Align Technology President and CEO Tom Prescott ’92.


Professor Mike Mazzeo on building your company’s capabilities



Apple Retail VP and CFO Nick Severino ’94 on global expansion



ServiceSource Board Chairman Mike Smerklo ’97 on customer-led growth



Align Technology President and CEO Tom Prescott ’92 on using a lack of scale as an advantage



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