Alain Is…

Alain is the Founder and CEO of Sylvain Labs, a strategy and design consultancy that helps companies seize the reality and potential of their business, products, and brands. Clients include Google, American Express, Airbnb, Spotify, BlackRock, Samsung, Pepsico, Diageo, Hilton, AB InBev, IKEA, GM, Sonos, the NBA, and others. Founded in 2010, the company is headquartered in NYC, with offices in Amsterdam and Richmond, VA, and is a Certified B-Corporation.

In addition to Sylvain Labs, Alain is a partner and investor in several ventures, including Master + Dynamic, a design-driven, premium audio brand, So Choice Softworks, a mobile gaming company, Lilo, an açai bowl company, and PetMio, a smart pet food startup. He has also served as executive producer on short documentaries, including Some Kind of Quest, a profile of one very unique individual and his journey to keep a dream on track, and Instafame, an exploration into the psychological impact of digital fame on young people. Alain is a current board member of Plus Pool and the VCU Brandcenter, a member of the New York City Mayor’s Creative Council, and an active contributor to various non-profit initiatives around the world including the Lower East Side Girls Club, Bowery Mission, and Anseye Pou Haiti. 

Prior to founding Sylvain Labs, Alain was managing director at Redscout and a lead strategist at Mother New York. He also held positions at The Martin Agency, Publicis and SS+K. He frequently shares his perspective on innovation and culture as a speaker on stages around the world, and as a regular contributor for Quartz. He’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, The New York Times, Monocle Magazine, Inc.com, the Mixergy Podcast, Business Insider, VentureBeat, 99U, AdAge, Paper Magazine, and others. 

Alain attended Columbia University’s SIPA and Columbia Business School, as well as Vassar College.

Sylvain Labs

Sylvain Labs is a strategy and design consultancy. We help companies seize the reality and potential of their business, products and brands. And we do that through science and whimsy. Founded in 2010, wholly independent, and a Certified B Corporation.

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Are Creative Industries the Future of Middle Class Jobs in NYC?

By the Center for an Urban Future, New York City, October 16, 2019

The Fetishization of Innovation

Seattle Interactive Conference, Seattle, October 18, 2019

The Fetishization of Innovation

The I/O Summit, Lincoln, October 20, 2019

The Fetishization of Innovation

Innov8rs, Austin, December 4, 2019

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The Exploitation of Purpose

OnBrand, Amsterdam, October 10, 2019

The Fetishization of Innovation

Schiphol's Innovation Week, Amsterdam, October 3, 2019

The Fetishization of Innovation

Retail & Brands Festival, Amsterdam, September 12, 2019

The Travel Experience is a Myth.

Booking's Click 2019 , Amsterdam, September 10, 2019

Exploring a New Notion of Luxury

LE Miami, Miami, June 17, 2019

The Exploitation of Purpose

Collision Conference, Toronto, May 21, 2019

Reclaiming Innovation: How Big Business Diluted the Practice

Adobe 99U Conference, New York, May 10, 2019

The Fetishization of Innovation

The Next Web, Amsterdam, May 9, 2019

The Savagery of Pop Culture

PromaxBDA Europe Conference, Amsterdam, March 25, 2019

The Fetishization of “Innovation”

MBA Summit, New York, February 15, 2019

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