Doug Solomon is an IDEO Fellow and an innovation consultant. For five years, Doug was Chief Technology Officer at IDEO, the world’s premier innovation consulting company, working with clients to develop strategies and leverage technologies that create both business and social value. With more than 30 years of leadership experience at the intersection of technology, business 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 ofstrategy, health and wellness, technology and innovation. Doug’s client companies range from leaders in consumer products, healthcare and technology, to small startups and non-profits.
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, including the Gates Foundation. Doug has three children, three grandchildren and a fabulous wife, who all continually teach him how to be a mensch. He earned a master’s degree from the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.