Steve Faktor is Managing Director of Blue Beacon Partners, which helps companies accelerate growth by partnering with top startups, developing new innovations, and restructuring for growth. Steve was an executive with American Express, Citi and MasterCard, and is a top-ranked global keynote speaker, who has keynoted major events for CFO Magazine, New York University and Harvard. Mr. Factor Steve writes on innovation and entrepreneurship for Forbes and Harvard Business Review and is one of the 160 original Linkedin Influencers (along with luminaries like Richard Branson). Follow him on Twitter.