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Marily Nika is an AI Product Leader based in San Francisco that has worked for Google and Facebook. She holds a Ph.D. in Computing Science from Imperial College London and is currently a teaching fellow at Harvard Business School. Outside of her day role, Marily acts as advisor to early stage startups and also empowers the women in tech community in various ways. You can find her at

AI Product Lead at Google

Marily Nika

Marily Nika

Tech Companies in the Bay Area

What makes a company innovative?

“Adapt or face extinction”. I use this phrase a lot in my courses when I want to showcase the importance of rewiring your brain and your company’s culture to embrace innovation. If a business doesn’t plug the latest advancements of technology into their strategy, it may face extinction. A great example of that is Blockbuster - an American-based provider that would provide rental services for movies and video games. It was extremely popular and was once valued as a $3 billion company. However, Blockbuster did not pivot quickly enough to online rentals and on-demand offerings and it ended up filing for bankruptcy after Netflix's popularity continued to grow [ … ]


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