Killer Fall FutureCast Line-up

The Ninjas are coming! Our next Palo Alto FutureCast, in the evening of Thursday September 11, features Gary Shapiro, the CEO & President of the Consumer Electronics Assocation and the author of the best-selling Ninja Innovation: 10 Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses. Gary and I will banter about how both big and small companies can best innovate in today’s increasingly dynamic economy. As usual, the evening will be extremely interactive and fun, featuring the opinions of our amazing audience as well as demos of particularly innovative products. And, as usual, we’ll kick off at the AT&T Foundry with cocktails from 5.30 to 6.30 and then the main event from 6.30 to around 7.45.

It’s not just the Ninjas that are coming to FutureCast this Fall. On October 9, we’ll be holding an event at the AT&T Foundry in Atlanta, featuring a conversation with Larry Downes, the author of Big Bang Disruption and many other brilliant books about technology and business. Then on November 5, we’ll be back at the Palo Alto Foundry, with the legendary Sebastian Thrun, the founder of Google X and CEO of Udacity.

All FutureCast events are invitation only. So please let me know if you’d like to come on September 11 to discover the killer strategies of the world’s most innovative companies.  And Gary has generously donated 50 copies of Ninja Innovation, which he will personally sign. So the first lucky 50 guests who show up at the Foundry that evening will also get free copies of this great book.

Hope to see you in a couple of weeks.

THE INTERNET IS NOT THE ANSWER

Sometimes one gets lucky. Last year, at Julia Hobsbawn’s Names Not Numbers conference in the lovely little town of Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast, I had the great fortune to meet the Atlantic Books CEO Toby Mundy. Over a long lunch on the seafront, Toby convinced me to write a book synthesizing all my ideas about the Internet. The book was originally entitled “Epic Fail”. But having sold the American rights to Morgan Entrekin, the publisher of Grove Atlantic in New York, Morgan wisely convinced us to change its name to THE INTERNET IS NOT THE ANSWER.

Toby is a great salesman. “It’ll be easy,” he promised me. “Just summarize everything you know about the Internet”. But books, of course, are anything but easy and, even with Toby and Morgan’s expert editorial guidance, THE INTERNET IS NOT THE ANSWER has taken me a year to write. But I’m thrilled to announce that it’s now finished and will be published by Grove Atlantic in the United States in January and by Atlantic Books in the UK in February. A Random House German language edition will also be published in January. And there will be Italian and Chinese versions published early next year as well, I hope, as many other foreign editions.

Now comes the fun part. We’ll have some uncorrected galleys of the book available later in August, and review copies available soon after. Between now and the end of the year, I’ll be previewing its main ideas at a number of conferences – including WPP’s Stream in Athens, the Drucker Forum in Vienna, Techonomy in Half Moon Bay and Business Insider’s Ignition in New York City. Beginning in November, I’ll also be available for interviews.

So please let me know if you are interested in getting a review copy of THE INTERNET IS NOT THE ANSWER, run some media about it or have me speak at your event. Having spent the last year silently writing the damn thing, I’m going to enjoy spending the next year making a lot of noise about it.

I’m off to Greece now for some fun. Enjoy your summer!

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.