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Renowned commentator on the digital revolution
Entrepreneur, author and broadcaster Andrew Keen is among the world’s best known contemporary analysts of digital business and culture, and commentators on the digital revolution. He is executive director of the Silicon Valley innovation salonFutureCast, the host of the popular Internet chat show "Keen On", a Senior Fellow at CALinnovates, a columnist for CNN and a much acclaimed public speaker around the world. In 2015, he was named by GQ magazine in their list of the "100 Most Connected…
Entrepreneur, author and broadcaster Andrew Keen is among the world’s best known contemporary analysts of digital business and culture, and commentators on the digital revolution. He is executive director of the Silicon Valley innovation salonFutureCast, the host of the popular Internet chat show "Keen On", a Senior Fellow at CALinnovates, a columnist for CNN and a much acclaimed public speaker around the world. In 2015, he was named by GQ magazine in their list of the "100 Most Connected Men”.
In his sharp and witty book, The Internet is Not the Answer, Keen argues that on balance, the Internet has had a disastrous impact on all our lives. The London Sunday Times acclaimed as a "powerful, frightening read" and the Washington Post called "an enormously useful primer for those of us concerned that online life isn't as shiny as our digital avatars would like us to believe".
He is also the author of two acclaimed books on social media and the internet. DIGITAL VERTIGO: How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing and Disorienting Us critically evaluates social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In. CULT OF THE AMATEUR: How The Internet Is Killing Our Culture, was published in 17 different languages and was short-listed for the Higham’s Business Technology Book of the Year award. The New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani described the book as being written “with acuity and passion”.
As a pioneering Silicon Valley based Internet entrepreneur, Keen founded Audiocafe.com and built it into a popular first generation Internet music company. He has also co-founded a number of other Silicon Valley start-up ventures including afterTV and now.tv.
He has been featured in hundreds of magazines and newspapers around the world and regularly writes for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Wired, The San Francisco Journal, the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, the Independent, Fast Company, Fortune and many other publications.
Keen is a regular lecturer at major international conferences, speaking on the impact of new technology on 21st century business, education and society. He was a featured speaker in 2011 at the E-G8, former French President Sarkozy’s pre G8 gathering of digital leaders in Paris, where he spoke about the impact of data on individual privacy.
He was awarded a First Class Degree in History from London University, was a British Scholar at the University of Sarajevo in the former Yugoslavia, and earned a Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He has lectured at many universities around the world including Warsaw, Amsterdam, Stanford, Berkeley and Oxford.
Keen is also the co-founder of Amsterdam University’s Future of University Education conference, an event that maps out the 21st century university. He has made a series of commentaries for CNN looking at how internet trends are influencing social culture.
SURVIVING AND PROSPERING IN THE DIGITAL AGE
The 21st-century digital revolution is destroying many of the dominant industries and companies of the 20th century. From recorded music to newspapers, taxis, hotels, retail and education, the networked economy of multi-billion dollar companies like Google, Amazon, Udacity, Uber and Airbnb is changing everything. Every business and organisation is now threatened by the digital revolution and every CEO and strategist needs to know how to cope with this destruction. Andrew Keen is a seasoned Silicon Valley insider. His masterclass offers a step-by-guide guide to the upheaval and provides a map to not only surviving but also prospering in this brave new world.
Andrew Keen is a leading authority on the impact of new technology on 21st-century business, education and society. He is the bestselling author of the international hit Cult of the Amateur: How the Internet is Killing our Culture (2007), in which he anticipated many of the problems of the web today, and Digital Vertigo: How today’s online social revolution is dividing, diminishing and disorientating us (2012), a critique of contemporary social media. He is Executive Director of the Silicon Valley salon FutureCast and the host of ‘Keen On’, the long-running TechCrunch chat show. As a pioneering Silicon Valley-based Internet entrepreneur, Andrew founded Audiocafe.com in 1995 and built it into a popular first generation Internet music company. He has also co-founded a number of other Silicon Valley start-up ventures, including afterTV and now.tv. Andrew is currently a columnist for CNN and a regular commentator for many other newspapers, radio and television networks around the world. His highly anticipated latest book, The Internet is Not the Answer, was published in January 2015.
THE MASTER CLASS – what it covers
> A short history of the Internet – where it came from and how it has changed over the last 50 years
> An analysis of the industries that the Internet has already disrupted – music, publishing, journalism
> A glimpse into the future to see where the revolution is going next – transportation, education, healthcare, energy and government
> How the Internet of Things will change every business
> Examples of strategies that have failed to counter the revolution
> A survival guide for executives in companies threatened by digital upheaval
> A personal survival guide for building careers in this disruptive environment
> An in-depth understanding of how today’s digital technology will inevitably change every business – including your own
> Knowledge of the latest technology to come out of Silicon Valley and the future foretold
> The ability to predict the future of large and small companies
> An appreciation of how economic value has been fundamentally changed by the digital revolution
> Guidance on reinventing your business before it is too late
> Guidance on building a stable career in an unstable environment
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