Interview Of The Week

Interview Of The Week: Steve Cook, BP

BP Steve Cook

Who: Steve Cook is BP’s interim Senior Vice President Launchpad & Ventures with a remit that includes the company’s corporate venture capital portfolio, long term technology strategy, emerging and disruptive technology, technology intelligence and technology commercialization and business building through to BP’s new scale up vehicle Launchpad, which aims to help create the energy system of the future.

Topic: How BP is working with startups and intrapreneurs to scale new technologies.

Quote: “it is difficult to achieve big goals when you are surrounded by people in an incumbent company that want to change but don’t quite know how. It is only possible with boldness and transformational thinking and immersing yourself and others in the outside world and spending a lot of time with startups, venture capitalists, private equity firms and business builders to find out what these different organizations have tried before and then figure out what will work for you..”

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About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.