I see myself as a kind of ambassador from IDEO; I try to constantly bring great people, ideas and organizations closer to IDEO for their mutual learning. I love IDEO's people and help mentor its teams and individuals, sharing whatever I've learned over the years as well as my external contacts. I strongly support IDEO's drive to make a difference in the world. I help connect world changers to IDEO and vice-versa.
What you won't learn from my bio:
I am a terrible ukulele player, despite having taken lessons from one of the greats in Hawaii named Ohta-San. And my sense of humor stopped developing after about the 4th grade. You can only imagine what that means!
Doug Solomon is an IDEO Fellow and an innovation consultant. For five years, Doug was Chief Technology Officer at IDEO, working with clients to leverage technologies that create both business and social value. With more than 30 years of leadership experience at the intersection of technology and people, Doug has a particular interest in collaborative approaches that enable people to innovate in ways they never before thought possible.
He currently focuses his time on the domains of health and wellness, technology and innovation. An an IDEO Fellow, Doug's goal is to add value by connecting IDEO and the network of people and organizations outside of IDEO. He has built strong relationships with many people and teams at IDEO and takes great pleasure in mentoring them both personally and professionally.
Prior to joining IDEO, he was vice president of investments at Omidyar Network, where he helped pioneer a new approach to socially impactful investing. He was also senior vice president of corporate development and chief strategy officer at both Apple and Palm, and he held leadership positions at a Paul Allen-owned technology incubator, Interval Research, and several technology start-ups. Doug began his career by applying marketing and other business concepts to public health programs in Asia, where he learned the importance of cultural awareness and community involvement in achieving meaningful social change.
Doug is a volunteer chaplain at Stanford Hospital & Clinics in Northern California. He advises several startups and non-profit organizations. Doug has three children, two grandchildren and a fabulous wife, who all continually teach him how to be a mensch. He earned a master’s degree in Public Health from the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.