May update

We’ve really been having a blast with our FutureCast events. Our sold out CES bash featuring the CEOs of Ericsson & Qualcomm and AT&T’s CTO was a huge success with several hundred people locked out and the audience filled with tech luminaries like FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. After that, Tiffany Shlain came to the Palo Alto Foundry to debut her new movie and do a FutureCast about the future of online creativity. Then we did an event at the Atlanta Foundry featuring Waze’s Di-Ann Eisnor discussing the future of the automotive industry.

And next Wednesday evening, May 7, we are back at the Palo Alto Foundry putting on a FutureCast event featuring Dan Eisenhardt, the CEO of Recon, to talk about the wearable technology revolution. The event will also feature demos from a number of interesting wearable companies including Zakis, Lumo and Indiegogo start-ups Game Golf and Atheer One. We’ve still got one or two tickets left. So please email me if you want to come.

If I don’t see you next Wednesday, I hope to see you somewhere in May. I’m speaking at the FutureFlash ICA advertising industry event just north of Toronto on May 15. I’m keynoting the Wired conference in Milan on May 17. And i’ll be in Paris on May 22 to talk about the impact of networked technology on the medical industry. So if you happen to be around, let’s have a nice cup of tea.

Happy New Year!

Hope your 2013 was as good as mine. Highlights from last year for me were founding FutureCast and holding four really memorable events. The last two were particularly fun: one with Techonomy’s David Kirkpatrick, discussing the uniqueness of Silicon Valley; another with the California’s Lieutenant Governor, the incomparable Gavin Newsom. Here are my TechcrunchTV interviews I did with Kirkpatrick and Newsom at FutureCast; and here and here are the features that Techonomy ran about my conversation with Kirkpatrick.

I’m hoping that 2014 will turn out to be as good as 2013. I’m currently in Las Vegas preparing to moderate a FutureCast style keynote at CES on Tuesday 7 January featuring the CEO’s of Ericsson and Qualcomm and the CTO of AT&T. And in a couple of weeks, in the evening of January 21st, I’m producing an event about women and tech at the BloombergBETA offices in San Francisco.

Please let me know if you like to attend either of these events. At CES, we’ve got the first few rows reserved for VIPs. And the BloombergBETA event will feature a great panel of speakers including Nilofer Merchant, Vivek Wadhwa and Elizabeth Stark.

I hope see you somewhere fun in 2014.

Is the Internet for or against you?

It’s a question that I’ve been thinking about a lot recently:  Is the Internet for or against you? It’s a question that I’ll be formally discussing on November 12th at David Kirkpatrick’s Techonomy event in Tuscon, Arizona. And it’s one that I’ll be discussing later this month too: first at the Oxford Union, on November 22nd, when I’ll be one of the people going “head to head” with my old frenemy, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, at an Al-Jazeera sponsored debate; and then on November 28th, in Milan, at the ICS event, when I’ll be taking on digital guru Ben Hammersley.

David Kirkpatrick has generously agreed to reverse the favor and headline our next FutureCast event on November 14th at the Palo Alto Foundry.  David and I will be talking about innovation in Silicon Valley and elsewhere in a wide ranging discussion entitled “How Far is My Valley”. The AT&T and Ericsson hosted event begins with drinks and dinner at the Foundry at 6.00 and then the interactive discussion at 7.00. Please email me if you’d like to added to the guest list. We’ve already got an impressive list of start-up entrepreneurs, investors and technologists signed up and it promises to be a really fun evening.

I’m also thrilled that Gavin Newsom, California’s Lieutenant General and the author of Citizenville has agreed to speak at our final FutureCast of the year. On December 3, Gavin and I will discuss smart cities, smart politics and how digital technology can help us get to a smart future. If you want to be part of our smart audience for this lunchtime event, please let me know.

Hope to see some of you somewhere in November.

FutureCast update & October speaking tour in Europe

My FutureCast event, generously hosted by AT&T and Ericsson at the Palo Alto Foundry, continues to be a lot of fun. Our latest event featured the always stimulating and controversial Vivek Wadhwa, who had much to say about everything from the status of women in Silicon Valley to the death of the traditional office. Here are two video pieces that CNN just ran about this FutureCast: the first about women and technology; the second about the future of the office.

Our next FutureCast, on Thursday November 14, features David Kirkpatrick, the author of The Facebook Effect and the founder of the excellent Techonomy conference, speaking about innovation in Silicon Valley and elsewhere. David may be joined by one or two surprise local guests. As usual, we begin FutureCast with drinks at the Foundry at 6.00 pm and then the interactive discussion at 7.00 pm. Please email me if you’d like to added to the guest list. The last events have been oversubscribed, so I can’t guarantee a ticket. But I will do my best to get you in.

I hope to see some of my European friends this month. I’m in Pisa on Saturday to speak at the Italian Internet Festival. Then in Brussels next Thursday, October 17, to keynote the Safer Internet Forum. In Brussels, I’ll also be presenting a white paper on intellectual property piracy that I just wrote for ICOMP. I’m in London the following weekend for the Battle of Ideas festival, where I’m speaking on three panels including one with fellow y-ddo David Aaronovitch about the death of privacy. Then I go to Zurich on October 22 for another Battle of Ideas conversation about privacy, this one also featuring Gerd Leonhard.

So I hope to see you either later this month in Europe or on November 14 at FutureCast.

 

Bohemian Rhapsody

Sorry about heading, but I couldn’t resist. I was featured as the cover story in this week’s edition of my local Sonoma newspaper, the North Bay Bohemian, which was especially fun because of the cover’s vertiginous artwork. Other media highlights this month include being interviewed about YouTube on BBC’s Culture Show and critiquing Silicon Valley transparency on the Kulturzeit, the German ZDF/3sat tv program.  Also check out my recent TechcrunchTV interviews with the smart economist Tyler Cowen and Internet Hall of Famer Brewster Kahle.

I’ve been doing a lot of public speaking in the last few weeks too. I’m just back from a tour of Asia – having given speeches about digital disruption in Kuala Lumpur and at the Rappler/Google Big Data event in Manila . And i’m returning to Asia this coming week, keynoting the Singapore Fix Conference on Thursday, where I’ll be talking about the impact of the digital revolution on the financial industry. Earlier this month, I also had the honor of being the featured speaker at the opening convocation at New Jersey’s Rampapo College. All 900 students in Rampapo’s freshman class read Digital Vertigo with one or two even agreeing with it.

I’ll also be speaking at Creative Convergence Silicon Valley (C2SV) in San Jose on September 26 and then moderating a panel about wearable computing at the Glazed Conference in San Francisco on September 30. I hope to see some you somewhere in the next couple of weeks so that we can figure out if this is the real life or just fantasy.