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Silicon Valley, Reinvention, and the Future of Tech: Introducing Lavin Speaker Alex Kantrowitz

In Always Day One, tech reporter Alex Kantrowitz explores the industry’s unique culture of innovation. More than just a catchy slogan, the book’s title refers to the bedrock principle employed by one of the largest, most successful companies in the world: Amazon. The logic being that failure to invent like a start-up will eventually lead to irrelevance and decline. Kantrowitz builds upon this principle, along with other tools and tactics, used by the tech giants to propel their growth and dominance at the stage when most big companies begin to fail.

Though these companies do receive a fair amount of criticism, Kantrowitz argues that we must extract the most useful tactics in their playbook in order to level the playing field. “The tech giants are successful largely because they’ve reimagined how we approach work. With the assistance of automation and collaboration software, they’ve figured out how to maximize the time their employees spend coming up with new ideas and minimize the time they spend supporting existing products,” Kantrowitz says. In other words, by not becoming overly attached to their flagship products, companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are able to continually reinvent. And it’s time that other organizations started taking note. The economic hardship presented by COVID-19 leaves no other choice.


In a post-pandemic world, the leaders who cling to their legacy assets and protect them at all costs won’t get very far. But the leaders who build cultures like the ones modelled by the tech giants—cultures that prioritize invention and reinvention—will have more than a fighting chance.


To book speaker Alex Kantrowitz for your next virtual event, contact The Lavin Agency today, his exclusive speakers bureau.

What If The World’s Not Falling Apart? Designer and Technologist John Maeda Makes an Optimistic Case for the Future

When it comes to loss of life, the coronavirus is no doubt a human tragedy of epic proportions. But when it comes to the future of our economy? It’s not necessarily all doom and gloom. In his latest LinkedIn article, Public Sapient’s John Maeda explains why this crisis is different from those we have previously experienced. 

“Experts make provocative claims by comparing what happened in the past with what is to come for our future,” writes John Maeda, referencing the horde of opinion pieces and articles prosetalyzing the collapse of our economy. There’s just one problem with this method: we can’t compare this crisis to any other financial crisis we’ve experienced in the past. Why? Because, as Maeda argues, “we’re now inter-connected computationally.”


This shift will have dramatic effects for the state of the Internet, artificial intelligence, and business in general. “The sudden migration from smartphones back to desktops [and] laptops is amassing large amounts of data for the tech companies to take an even greater advantage,” Maeda notes. “People of all ages and walks of life have been forced to shift to an all-digital lifestyle. Forced evolution is now happening.” For AI, having access to more data is especially crucial to its evolution—helping it become smarter, as well as more inclusive.


We can’t rely on experts basing their opinions on how things used to be, because these are unprecedented times, and digital natives differ intrinsically from digital immigrants. If we listen to their voices, we’ll be less likely to fall victim to doom and gloom, and more likely to see the potential for business in a post-COVID world.


Read his full article here.


To book John Maeda for your next event, contact The Lavin Agency today and speak with a member of our sales team.

Create the Future: Jeremy Gutsche’s Latest Innovation Guidebook Profiled by Inc

In Create the Future, Trend Hunter CEO and New York Times bestselling author Jeremy Gutsche reveals the frameworks that have helped 700 of the world’s most powerful brands, billionaires, and CEOs, accelerate real change.  

Through his consulting work with Trend Hunter—not to mention his experience hosting the world’s #1 innovation conference, Future Festival—Jeremy Gutsche has helped countless brands realize their full potential. In his new book Create the Future, he aims to help readers do the same.


“You likely already realize that survival in business today requires grabbing hold of tomorrow's opportunities with disruptive innovation, before your competition or a new startup gets there,” writes Martin Zwilling in his review of the book for Inc. “The challenge is to create a culture of forward thinking in your company, and avoid the traps of following the paths of least resistance that often appear in mature companies.”


With his captivating writing, Gutsche shows readers how to avoid these common traps that prevent progress. Create the Future is a tactical guidebook chock-full of strategies tested by leaders at Disney, Starbucks, Google, and even NASA. Better yet, the book is paired with a revised edition of Gutsche’s first book Exploiting Chaos—an Inc Best Book for Business Owners, an Axiom International Book Award Winner, and a #1 CEO Read.


Read the full Inc review here.


To book speaker Jeremy Gutsche for your next event, contact The Lavin Agency today, his exclusive speakers bureau.

Lead From the Future: Award-winning Innovation Expert Mark Johnson Joins The Lavin Agency

As the co-founder of innovation consultancy Innosight, Mark Johnson helps leaders envision their future, create new growth, and manage transformation. His upcoming book Lead from the Future breaks down what truly sets a visionary leader apart—and how to instill their unique approach into your own organization.  

There’s no special mix of attributes that create a visionary leader like Jeff Bezos or Steve Jobs. But there is a special way of thinking that makes their extraordinary successes possible. In his upcoming book Lead from the FutureMark Johnson breaks down such visionary leadership into a process called “future-back.” Unlike present-forward thinking, which imagines an organization in the future in small increments, future-back thinking empowers leaders to make a clean break from the past and present so they can truly own the future.


A lucid thinker and an even more brilliant explainer, Johnson can transform even the most complacent company into a visionary powerhouse. In his talks, he walks organizations through the visionary fundamentals: creating a vision, connecting it to a strategy,  then programming and implementing. Not only does he help companies think creatively and expansively; Johnson helps embed the revolutionary process of ‘future-back’ thinking into the very heart of an organization: its culture.


Leading From the Future | Mark Johnson


To book speaker Mark Johnson for your next corporate event, contact The Lavin Agency today, his exclusive speakers bureau. 

Create the Future: Jeremy Gutsche Offers New Tactics for Disruptive Thinking in His Upcoming Book

More than just a business buzzword, innovation has become a coveted ideal for nearly every organization on earth. The problem is, though everyone wants innovation, few know how to actually attain it. In his upcoming book Create the Future, Trend Hunter CEO and New York Times bestselling author Jeremy Gutsche offers a guide for mastering real change. 

In today’s fast-paced world, there are more opportunities than ever within our reach—yet time and time again, smart and successful people miss out on the action. Why? Innovation expert Jeremy Gutsche explains that there are seven neurological traps that limit our thinking and decision-making. But fear not. In his upcoming book Create the Future: Tactics for Disruptive Thinking, Gutsche shows us how to overcome the years of evolutionary conditioning that urge us to play it safe.


Filled with Gutsche’s provocative thinking and signature flair for story-telling, Create the Future walks us through battle-tested strategies employed by innovative leaders at Disney, Starbucks, Google, and NASA.  The book, which features a foreword by Malcolm Gladwell, is paired with a revised edition of Gutsche’s award-winning first book Exploiting Chaos, making it a double-sided handbook for disruptive thinking.


To book speaker Jeremy Gutsche for your next speaking event, contact The Lavin Agency today, his exclusive speakers bureau.

Building an Innovative Culture: Fast Company’s Stephanie Mehta joins The Lavin Agency

Fast Company is the magazine that innovative businesses trust when they want to understand up-and-coming technologies, changing leadership and workplace trends, and ideas with the power to change the world. At the helm is Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Mehta, helping to shape the future for the next generation of business.

If you want to understand the most creative people—and companies— in business today, look no further than Stephanie Mehta. A veteran in business journalism, Mehta spends her days talking to corporate leaders, social innovators, and creative minds. Her exposure to inventors and entrepreneurs give her a unique perspective on where business is going. What makes these leaders and their cutting-edge companies successful? How do they motivate their teams? Implement new trends? Learn from their mistakes? With care and consideration, Mehta breaks down the culture and processes that allow for innovation, adaptation, creativity, discipline and resilience in a business landscape changing at a dizzying pace.  


Why Innovating Your Process Matters | Stephanie Mehta


To book speaker Stephanie Mehta for your next speaking engagement, contact The Lavin Agency today, her exclusive speakers bureau.  

Can UBI Equalize the Playing Field for Entrepreneurs? Harvard Professor Laura Huang Explains

In her latest op-ed, Harvard Business School professor Laura Huang explains how Universal Basic Income will revolutionize the start-up world for those who are systematically disadvantaged.

“Second chances are one of the biggest hurdles for those who are disadvantaged. They just don’t receive them,” Laura Huang writes in a new op-ed titled ‘The Significance of Andrew Yang’s $1,000 Plan.’ “Part of what is embroiled in disadvantage is that you don’t get to take as many risks—that not everyone ‘gets’ the same number of chances to fail. If you’re a Black woman and someone takes a chance on you, the expectation is that you deliver; that you prove yourself. If you don’t deliver, you often don’t get another chance. So there is less willingness to take chances.”


We openly discuss failure as being part of the journey to success, but we tend to gloss over the fact that not everyone has the same chance to fail. Presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s plan to provide government-sponsored payments—totalling $12,000 a year—could be profound. According to Huang, “It is his way of giving everyone the startup capital they need for their ‘Startup of Me.’”


To book speaker Laura Huang for your next speaking event, contact The Lavin Agency today.

Innovation Expert Jeremy Gutsche Interviews Celebrated Thought Leader Malcolm Gladwell on the Power of Ideas

Trend Hunter CEO Jeremy Gutsche invited New York Times alum Malcolm Gladwell to the Trend Hunter offices for a thoughtful discussion on how and why we should challenge our assumptions—and the value it brings.  

As the founder and CEO of Trend Hunter —the world’s largest, most powerful trend platform — Jeremy Gutsche is at the forefront of the cutting edge. A naturally curious, powerfully driven leader, his mission is finding better ideas, faster. In this pursuit, he invited Malcolm Gladwell to the Trend Hunter offices for an intriguing conversation on why we should investigate ideas, challenge our assumptions, and stay inquisitive about the world around us.


“I don't think of the study of ideas as trivial. I think of it as ideas are the software we use to kind of navigate everyday experience. Nothing could be more important than that,” says Gladwell, who recently released his new book Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know. In it, he examines how our understanding of people is often shaped by a set of rules or preconceived expectations, and how this unconscious bias can limit our potential to learn from them.


Responding to Gutsche’s question on how he fosters his own sense of curiosity, Gladwell admitted that he frequently challenges his own opinion: “A lot of  it is about exposing yourself to things that will potentially prove your preconceptions wrong,” he says.  “Nothing makes me happier than when I change my mind.”


Watch their full conversation below.


Malcolm Gladwell on his New Book, Talking to Strangers, The Future and Innovation

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Why Does Having a Minimum Viable Product Matter? Laura Huang Explains the Benefits for Innovation

How can you maximize innovation, reduce risk, and build an entrepreneurial organization? Harvard Business Professor Laura Huang explains the importance of the Minimum Viable Product in achieving all three goals. 

Instead of creating the disparate parts of a product and then assembling them into its final form, creating a Minimum Viable Product or MVP means creating products with enough core features that they can be marketed to consumers at any stage.


Despite the fact that developing MVP’s involves taking plenty of risk, in the long-run it actually reduces it, because each iteration is an isolated product that has the potential to be a success. “The crux of an MVP is taking risk,” Laura Huang explains. “But each risk is something that is stand-alone and sustainable.”


MVP’s allow for more improvisation, and by extension, innovation. “You’re taking lots more chances and maximizing the innovation and impact that you can have.”


What’s a Minimum Viable Product—and Why Does It Matter? | Laura Huang


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Randall Lane’s Forbes Under 30 Summit Asia Kicks off in Hong Kong

Over 300 of the most influential entrepreneurs will gather for the fourth annual Forbes Under 30 Summit Asia. Creator Randall Lane discusses the significance of the event, and the Under 30 platform as a whole.

Forbes 30 Under 30 is practically a cultural institution. Conceived in 2011 by the magazine’s Chief Content Officer Randall Lane, the Under 30 lists began as curated collections of industry leaders and entrepreneurs. Today, Forbes Under 30 has exploded into a vibrant global franchise, hosting live summits and events throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, and Israel. “The Forbes Under 30 Summit Asia will see these young leaders exchange stories, share ideas, and present innovative solutions as they drive and effect positive change to make a lasting impact on our world,” said Lane.


Lane started at Forbes after graduating college, but left to start his own entrepreneurial ventures in 1997. He returned to the magazine after 15 years, bringing with him the idea for 30 Under 30. “With Forbes, the first thing I did when I got back here, the first thing that I put into motion was 30 Under 30,” he explained in an interview with The Idea. “But I said, we’re going to do twenty different categories, we’re going to bring in some outside judges in the world so it’s not just a bunch of editors coming up with a list: it’s the creme de la creme, the gods of each of these fields, and then we’re going to take it global, so we’re going to have a real global community of influencers. So again, the idea had been kind of tested, but to tie it in with a brand, and then with a major execution, was really the Edison moment.”


Now a cross-platform, 365-day community, Forbes Under 30 is especially celebrated by younger audiences, who engage with it as almost a consumer product. “It’s popular in the younger demographic because everybody wants to keep tabs on who in their generation is making change and making things happen,” explained Lane. “[…] A lot of the interest is […] from people who want to know who’s next, and that’s what this list does, it’s the early warning system for every single field in every single major country.”


Themed “A Lasting Impact,” this year’s Summit in Asia will feature panels and keynotes across three main topics: Innovating for the Long Haul, Driving Sustainability, and Solving Today’s and Tomorrow’s Social Problems.


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New Lavin Speaker Charles Fishman Explains What We Can Learn from Some of the Biggest, Most Innovative Projects in History

Charles Fishman is a world-class storyteller. He’s spent his career getting inside organizations—big and small, familiar and unknown—and explaining how they work. In his New York Times bestselling The Wal-Mart Effect, Fishman transformed the public’s understanding of the mega-corporation. In The Big Thirst, he cracked open our complex relationship with water. His latest, the forthcoming One Giant Leap tells the story of the moon landing like its never been told before, focusing on the extraordinary team of ordinary people who made it happen. 

Fishman—a three-time winner of the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism—is a renowned investigative and explanatory journalist. His talks, filled with memorable stories and anecdotes, draw from years of his original research. In his TED talk below, he explains why asking questions is one of our most underrated tools.   


Cracking Open the World with a Silly Question | Charles Fishman | TEDxUCCS


To book Charles Fishman for your next event, contact The Lavin Agency, his exclusive speakers bureau. 


Top 10 Innovation Keynote Speakers

The world is changing—fast. Innovation and creativity are becoming the most valuable assets a company can hire for, encourage and cultivate. But how does innovation actually happen? What does it really look like in action? These innovation keynote speakers are professors, entrepreneurs, scientists; they’re working on the front lines of innovation, helping you to better understand—and manage—your future.   

Safi Bahcall is a physicist, entrepreneur, and innovation keynote speaker who’s spent his career studying “loonshots”: wild, innovative ideas, that are largely considered crazy—until they change the world. In talks, Bahcall uses illustrative historical examples and bold analysis to reveal the surprising ways that group behavior stifles innovation, and how corporations can restructure to nurture it.  


Innovation is a Group Effort | Safi Bahcall



“The winner with consumers will always be whoever has the best strategy for managing the cultural, ethical and political factors of their innovation,” says Markus Giesler—one of the 40 Best Business Professors Under 40, an incredibly influential consumer sociologist and a top innovation keynote speaker. 


The Secret to Bird Feeding | Markus Giesler | TEDxYorkU



Science and tech are changing our lives, and no one’s more equipped to tell the story than Nicholas Thompson. As editor-in-chief of WIRED, Thompson is the first person to know, and investigate, and deliver keynote talks on the technological innovations and ethical questions unfolding in Silicon Valley. 


The Wired Future | Nicholas Thompson



We tend to imagine innovation as slow, incremental change or else industry-shifting disruption. Yet for most companies, neither works. In innovation keynotes, MIT Sloan professor David Robertson outlines a third way of innovation—actual working strategies for world-class companies. 


Innovation Speaker David Robertson: LEGO’s Innovative Path to Success



Ari Wallach is a futurist, strategist, and social innovation expert. He is an innovation keynote speaker and the founder and Executive Director of Longpath Labs—an initiative focused on cultivating long-term ways of thinking, acting, and being to create futures of collective human flourishing. 


3 ways to plan for the (very) long term | Ari Wallach



Jeremy Gutsche is “an intellectual can of Red Bull” (Association Week), a New York Times bestselling author and one of our most booked innovation keynote speakers. With contagious enthusiasm, he shows audiences how to use methodical innovation to generate ideas and kickstart creativity in times of rapid change.   


#1 Innovation Keynote Speaker Jeremy Gutsche -- Speech on Innovation & Creativity



Michael Katchen is the founder of Wealthsimple, the easy-to-use service that’s redefined investing for the next generation. In keynotes, he talks about how embracing innovation as an organic, practical process allows companies to solve big problems, to reinvent themselves and, of course, to grow. 


Mike Katchen of Wealthsimple presents Think Bigger, Eh?



Disruptive technologies are permanently changing the way we conceive, design, manufacture, and sell products. To veteran innovator Tom Wujec—Autodesk’s former ‘Chief Disruptor’—this revolution isn’t intimidating, but an exciting opportunity. And Wujec’s keynote talks are the perfect guide.   


Tom Wujec: The Future of Design (2016 WORLD.MINDS Annual Symposium)



Nina Tandon works on growing artificial hearts and bones that can be put into the body, and studies the new frontier of biotech: homes, textiles, and videogames made of cells. Her keynote talks are on the future of healthcare and technology, and biology's new industrial revolution. 


TEDxBerlin - Nina Tandon -


Doug Stephens is one of the most influential retail futurists and speakers on the planet. His innovation keynotes are required listening for any company that orbits the retail world, explaining how to stay ahead of rapidly changing mega-trends, and what it really takes to be truly innovative.


Retail Speaker and Futurist Doug Stephens: Making Retail Less Predictable


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The Icons & Ideas Making the World WIRED: EIC Nicholas Thompson’s Summit Celebrates the Magazine’s Past, Present & Future

The four-day summit, named WIRED25, was a celebration of the ideas, innovations, and icons that made the world wired. In addition to work immersions, keynotes, and even a robot petting zoo, editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson, conducted thoughtful, illuminating interviews with LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, Stripe CEO Patrick Collison, and Stacy Brown-Philpot of TaskRabbit, about the future of work.

In the interview below, Thompson asks the LinkedIn CEO, who has access to the best data set on the world’s workforce, what he knows about the future of work that no one else does. One surprising answer (among many) is that he believes the biggest skills gap in the US is soft skills. “Written communication, oral communication, team building, people leadership, collaboration.”

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You can watch and read more WIRED25 content here


To book Nicholas Thompson—or another keynote speaker on technology, digital innovation and the future of work—for your next speaking event, contact The Lavin Agency today.