Alain Sylvain

Strategist and Entrepreneur


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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.

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 is on the board of Plus Pool, an ambitious project to build the world’s first floating, filtering swimming pool in NYC harbor, and a member of the New York City Mayor’s Creative Council. Alain is also an active contributor to various non-profit initiatives around the world including the Lower East Side Girls Club, The Bowery Mission and Anseye Pou Haiti.



The Progress Instinct

ANA Brand Building Conference, Virtual , June 3, 2020

The Progress Instinct

AMEX Marketing Club, Virtual, June 10, 2020

The Future of Ecommerce Retail

PSFK's The Future of Retail, Virtual, June 10, 2020

Power Languages

99U Conference, Virtual, June 17, 2020

Technology’s Subservience to Culture

Collision Conference from Home , Virtual, June 23, 2020

The School of Progress

Kindred , Virtual, June 24, 2020

The Death of Cool

Tech Open Air (Date TBD), Berlin, September 1, 2020

How to Capture Gen Z

C2 Montreal (Date TBD), Montreal , September 1, 2020

The Evolved Subconscious

International Design Conference, Seattle, September 15, 2020

The Progress Instinct

Experience Club's MKT Lab (Date TBD), Virtual, October 1, 2020

Past Talks

The Progress Instinct

RetailTrends Webinar, Virtual, May 13, 2020

Retaining the Creative Spirit in a Crisis

PSFK World Retail Innovation Week, Virtual, March 31, 2020

VCU Brandcenter Friday Forum

VCU Brandcenter, Richmond, February 21, 2020

From BlackRock to the WNBA – how to bring brand strategy to life in culture

ANA Brand Committee, New York City, January 29, 2020

The Exploitation of Purpose

The Atlantic's Power of Purpose, New York City, November 19, 2019

Defining “Innovation” (Finally!)

Fast Company Innovation Festival, New York City, November 4, 2019

The Fetishization of Innovation

Seattle Interactive Conference, Seattle, October 18, 2019

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 Exploitation of Purpose

OnBrand, Amsterdam, October 10, 2019

The Fetishization of Innovation

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

The Fetishization of Innovation

Retail & Brands Festival, Amsterdam, September 12, 2019

The Travel Experience is a Myth.

Click.2019 by, Amsterdam, September 10, 2019

The Exploitation of Purpose

Collision Conference, Toronto, May 21, 2019

Reclaiming Innovation: How Big Business Diluted the Practice

Adobe's 99U Conference, New York City, May 10, 2019

The Fetishization of Innovation

The Next Web, Amsterdam, May 9, 2019

The Savagery of Pop Culture

PromaxBDA Conference, Amsterdam, March 25, 2019

The Fetishization of “Innovation”

MBA Innovation Summit, New York City, February 15, 2019

Mind the Backlash

The 3% Conference, Chicago, November 8, 2018

Going Beyond the Cliché of “Purpose” and Staying Human at Work

Fast Company Innovation Festival Fast Tracks, New York City, October 24, 2018

The Currency of Otherness

Fast Company Innovation Festival, New York City, October 23, 2018

The Savagery of Pop Culture

Emerce eDay, Amsterdam, October 11, 2018

The Savagery of Pop Culture

OnBrand, Amsterdam, October 11, 2018

The Language of Pop Culture

NEXT Conference, Hamburg, September 20, 2018

The Rise of Righteous Tourism

Ministry of Ideas, Miami, June 11, 2018

From Waze to the Beyhive: The Power of the Collective Ego

Dublin Tech Summit, Dublin, April 18, 2018

Wellbeing 2.0

WGSN Futures, New York City, November 2, 2017

The Power of Imagination in Innovation and Brand Strategy

Fast Company Innovation Festival Fast Tracks, New York City, October 24, 2017

What Brands Can Learn From Beyoncé

OnBrand, Amsterdam, October 10, 2017