Nilofer Merchant teaches innovation at Stanford and Santa Clara Universities. During a 20 year career, she has personally launched 100 products amounting to $18B in revenue. Her career includes stints at Apple, Autodesk, GoLive/Adobe as well as service on both public and private boards. She is the author two best-selling books: The New How (2010); and 11 Rules for Creating Value in the #SocialEra (2012). She won the 2013 Thinkers50 Future Thinker Award. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, written innovation columns for Businessweek and Forbes and is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review, Wired, Oprah, and Time Magazine. Merchant earned her MBA from Santa Clara University, and a BS in Economics from University of San Francisco.

As a fellow at the Martin Prosperity Institute, Nilofer Merchant will be exploring and explaining the new power infrastructure that is emerging that allows individuals to empower themselves and bypass traditional institutions to make an impact on the world.  Building off of her revolutionary work on “onlyness”, Nilofer is looking to understand how this new power will impact democratic capitalism in the future.