In a world where the state of the art can change in an eyeblink, those who seek to stay on the leading edge must continually work to keep their knowledge up to date. My work with both game-changing startups and with visionary executives around the world forces me to boil current trends down to their essence, revealing core concepts and strategic implications.

As a thought leader, I share my vision on the social data revolution at major conferences. In 2009, I will be appearing alongside notables such as Dan Ariely, Phil Kotler, Paul Krugman, and Bill Clinton.

I am also available to speak at select corporate events.

: conferences :

My goal is to challenge the minds of the audience. I focus on important, often hard questions, and use carefully chosen examples from my extensive network and vast expertise to expound on these questions. Conference organizers have found me to be an engaging and entertaining speaker.

I tackle the future of consumer data, forcing listeners to think differently about the role of data within their organizations and about the implications of the data they themselves create. My talks pinpoint opportunities that will arise from this new data bounty. I touch on issues of data privacy, data ubiquity, data creation, and data persistence. My examples draw on my own experiences as Chief Scientist at, as well as on my current work with innovative firms around the world in a variety of corporate arenas. I offer the audience an emerging view of the marketplace impossible to get from more dated sources.

I offer a far-reaching vision of the future, beyond the latest book or buzz-word, and outside the boundaries of the PowerPoint slide.

: corporate events :

Like my workshops, I tailor my corporate speaking engagements to illuminate unique opportunities for each specific audience. My work with startups and in academia gives me the ability to act as a bridge between innovators and established firms in the rapidly changing landscape of e-business and Web 2.0. I have spoken at companies including Goldman Sachs, Google, hp, IBM, Priceline, and Volkswagen.

The venues for my corporate speaking engagements range from company-wide events, where I might deliver an inspirational address to a cross-disciplinary audience from across the company, to invited, private briefings for upper-level executives, where I introduce new critical trends and offer insights, fresh perspectives and strategic ideas.

In addition to speaking engagements, I regularly teach courses at Stanford, UC Berkeley, and at top schools in China and Europe.

: all talks :


Jun 8-9, 2010   New York -
World Innovation Forum


May 25-26, 2010   Madison -
Brandworks University


Dec 7-8, 2009   Berkeley -
Social Fusion


Dec 1-3, 2009   San Francisco -


Oct 28-29, 2009   London -


Nov 4, 2009   Helsinki -


Oct 28-29, 2009   Milan -
World Business Forum Europe


Oct 26-27, 2009   Buenos Aires -
World Business Forum Argentina


Aug 18-19, 2009   Sao Paulo -
Forum Mundial de Marketing e Vendas


Jul 10, 2009   Redwood City -
Techcrunch: Real Time Roundtable


Jul 1-2 2009   Mexico City -
Foro Mundial de Marketing y Ventas [blog | mp3]


Feb 25, 2009   San Francisco -
Facebook Developer Garage: "What App and Game Devs Can Learn From" [youtube-1 10:14 | youtube-2 4:30]


Feb 19, 2009   San Francisco -
Predictive Analytics: "The Unrealized Power of Data" [pptx | mp3]


Feb 5, 2009   Barcelona
Canalys Channels Forum: "The Four Myths of E-commerce in 2009" [summary video 7:53]


Feb 3, 2009  Noordwijk, Netherlands -
F-Secure Species Conference: "The Consumer Data Revolution" [pptx | mp3]


Nov 4, 2008 San Francisco -
Widget Summit: "Widget Data Strategies" [pdf | mp3 | video]


Oct 30, 2008  Singapore -
The New Business Model: "Me-business" Shaw Foundation Distinguished Lecture (Singapore Management University)


Oct 14, 2008  Seoul, Korea -
World Knowledge Forum "Web3.0" [mp3] and Open Web Asia


Sep 30-Oct 1, 2008  Wiesbaden, Germany -
Deutscher Versandhandelskongress 2008: "The Voice of the Customer: Kundenkommunikation als die neue Herausforderung", "Marketing im Web 2.0" (tutorial)

  Sep 23, 2008 Oslo, Norway -
Multikanalmarkedsføring: "The Economics of Consumer Data: The New Online Individualism"


Sep 10, 2008 UC Berkeley -
Distinguished Lecture, School of Information (iSchool)[mp3 | transcript]

  Jul 21-23, 2008  Half Moon Bay, CA -
FORTUNE Brainstorm TECH: "Digital Exhibitionism: The Future of Relationships?" (with Esther Dyson and Shoshana Zuboff) [mp3}transcript, see also blog post

  May 7-8, 2008  San Jose, CA -
IBM Almaden Institute: "The Consumer Data Revolution: Who Pays Whom?" [pdf | wmv (42:30)]

  Mar 9, 2008  Austin, TX -
South by South West (SxSW08): "The Science of Designing Interactions" (with Mingyeow Ng, revised slides)

  Jan 21, 2008  Munich -
Digital Lifestyle Design DLD08: "The Future of Digital China," (with Chauncey Shey)
2007 Nov 26, 2007 Berlin -
Die ZEIT & Robert Bosch Stiftung: "Conversational Marketing: Das Web als Ort des Dialogs"

  Nov 16, 2007  Stockholm -
Incordia: "E-Business, Me-Business, and We-Business: The Impact of Social Media" mp3

  Nov 15, 2007  Stockholm -
SIME07: "Privacy?!?" with Dave Holtzman mp3

  Nov 6-8, 2007  Berlin -
Web 2.0 Expo
  • Marketing 2.0: Get Conversational!, with Darryl Feldman and Wolfgang Lünenbürger-Reidenbach
  • Trends in E-Commerce and the Widgetization of the World, with Mehrdad Piroozram
  • People & Data: How Gathering, Using and Selling of Data is Changing, with Jonathan Laventhol mp3
  • Metrics and Analytics for Web 2.0, with Christian Sauer and Sam Yagan mp3

  May 3, 2007  Helsinki -
Itella: "Feedback Marketing" mp3 (talk), mp3 (Q&A part1), mp3 (Q&A part2)

  Apr 25-26, 2007  Mainz -
Web 2.0 Kongress 2007 (co-chair): "Social Search, Collective und Competitive Intelligence" mp3 discussion Pirkner/Weigend: mp3 video

  Mar 28, 2007  Köln -
Tag des Wirtschaftsjournalismus: "Von Zielgruppen zu Spielgruppen: Das Web als soziales Medium"

  Mar 24, 2007  Singapore -
Nexus 2007: "The Future of the Web" web-mentions

  Jan 29-30, 2007  Zürich -
GDI: (Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute) "Mapping Marketing 2.0"

2006 Dez 20, 2006  Singapore -
The Digital Movement: "From E-Business to Me-Business"

  Nov 16, 2006  Copenhagen -
Danish E-Business Association and JupiterResearch: "Social Search, Discovery and the Long Tail"

  Oct 10-11, 2006  Offenbach -
Co-chair of Web 2.0 Kongress: "Web 2.0: A basis for innovation and business?" slides (pdf) and "Web 3.0: Wie geht's weiter?"

  Sep 27-28, 2006  Mainz -
Business Intelligence 2006: "The predictive enterprise: Creating transparency and making decisions" slides (pdf)

  Sep 20-21, 2006  Düsseldorf -
OMD (Online Marketing): "Von Targeting zu Discovery: Transparenz und Konvergenz im Web 2.0"

  Sep 8-10, 2006  Berlin -
IFA Convention: "Discovery in the Digital Universe," and "Soziale Netzwerke und die Ökonomie der Aufmerksamkeit: Wie das Aal-Prinzip die Welt verändert"

  Aug 10 - Sep 1, 2006  Vienna -
Bertelsmann's Mastering Paradigm Shifts in Marketing: "Participation, Interaction and Discovery in the Networked Attention Economy" transcript (rtf), mp3

  May 23, 2006  Minneapolis -
Statistical Challenges in E-Commerce Research Symposium: "The Importance of Web 2.0/3.0 for E-Business" transcript (rtf), mp3 part1, mp3 part2,

  May 22, 2006  Chicago -
Retail Systems: "Commerce in the Age of Web 2.0/3.0" transcript (rtf), mp3 part1, mp3 part2, mp3 part3

  May 11, 2006  Hamburg -
SinnerSchrader: "E-Business: The next 10 years" blog

  Feb 16-17, 2006  Barcelona -
Ogilvy GSM Conference: "Intention, Attention, and Interaction"

  Feb 13-14, 2006  Düsseldorf -
Global Retail Technology Forum: "The Future of Discovery"

  Feb 6-9, 2006  Köln -
Customer 2006: "Der aktive Kunde im Web: Chancen nutzen, Risiken managen"

2005 Nov 25, 2005  Madrid -
Instituto de Empresa Business School: "Engaging Customers to Create Value"

  Nov 18, 2005  Berlin -
Inaugural Speech at Interdisciplinary Center for Ubiquitous Information: "Das Aal Prinzip: Andere arbeiten lassen"

  Nov 2, 2005  Singapore -
INSEAD Entrepreneurship Keynote:"Web 2.0: Getting Users to Participate" slides (pdf)

  Sep 22, 2005  Tokyo -
Keynote at Retail Technology Summit Tokyo

  Sep 19, 2005  Kiwah Island, SC -
Diamond Cluster Summit (Diamond Exchange): "Agility Through Fast Feedback"

  Sep 8, 2005  Wellesley, MA -
Babson Executive Education E-Business Thought Leadership: "Discovering the Long Tail"

  Aug 22, 2005  Göteborg, Sweden -
Keynote at Dialogkonferansen

  Jun 1-3, 2005  Berlin, Germany -
Keynote at BVM Jubiläumskongress: "Klicks, Blogs und Tags: Perspektiven für die Marktforschung"

  May 27, 2005  Bilbao, Spain -
Lecture at The Guggenheim: "The Attention Economy"

  May 19-20, 2005  Zürich, Switzerland -
Keynote at GDI (Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute) : "To Buy or Not to Buy — Experiments in the Multi-channel World"

  Mar 21-23, 2005  Zürich, Switzerland -
Keynote at GOR - General Online Research Conference: "People and Data"

  Feb 17, 2005  Minneapolis, MN -
Carlson School, U of Minnesota: "Marketing in the Search Society"

  Feb 8, 2005  San Francisco, CA -
Technology Transfer Institute / Vanguard: "All That Data..."

  Jan 8, 2005  Shanghai, China -
Tongji University: "The Search Society — Die Gesellschaft auf der Suche"

2004 Dec 25, 2004  Shanghai, China -
JiaoTong University: E-business in China: Jack Ma and Andreas Weigend

  Oct 18-19, 2004  Las Vegas, NV -
Keynote at M2004 (SAS Conference on Data Mining): "People and Data: Understanding Customer Behavior" slides (pdf)

  Sep 29, 2004  Berkeley, CA -
Distinguished Lecture at SIMS

  Sep 27-28, 2004  Palm Desert, CA -
Keynote at Computerworld Business Intelligence Perspectives

  Jul 21-22, 2004  San Francisco, CA -
Frontiers in Distributed Information Systems

  Jun 24, 2004, 2004  Chemnitz, Germany -
Keynote at Data Mining Cup 2004 (Abstract)

2003 Nov 6, 2003  Berlin, Germany -
Keynote at Internetökonomie: "E-Commerce 2020: Perspectives from Business — Visions for Research"

  Aug 26, 2003  Washington, DC -
Invited talk at KDD-2003 (ACM Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining)

  Aug 1, 2003  Toronto, Canada -
Co-organized SIGIR workshop "Implicit Measures of User Interests and Preferences"

: at Nexus, Singapore :

For speaking engagements, I am represented by Monitor Talent. To discuss a potential speaking opportunity, please contact Mel Blake, +1 (617) 252-2472.

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